Don't need to read another word - Just go directly to the recipe and start baking
My Christmas cake was so nice, and we had visitors so we ate it.
Not to worry. This cake can be eaten immediately. The longer one leaves it (and feed it a bit of booze now and again) the nicer it is though, but it can be eaten almost immediately.
I prefer light fruit cakes so it does not matter if I bake late.
Regardless of the method of preparing the fruit in a fruitcake recipe,
I substitute it for my own, which is:
- Soak the fruit in brandy overnight,
- Drain as much of the brandy off just prior to baking
(The brandy is set aside for casual sipping during the baking process or adding to the wet ingredients later.)
- Pat the fruit dry and coat th fruit some of the sifted flour so that the cake mixture easier embraces the fruit.
(One can say I marry the fruit with the flour)
- If this is too messy, I just add a little of the sifted flour to the brandy and fruit mix first.
The reason for this is to get the fruit evenly distributed throughout the cake and not all the fruit doing breaststrokes at the top of the cake, or lazing around at the bottom.
When I choose a recipe I use my own dried fruit and nut mixtures as long as the combined weight is the same as the combined weight of fruit in the recipe.
I do the same with the nuts if I am going to use it.
I do not soak the nuts in brandy, though.
I choose the freshest ingredients and real butter for my very expensive Christmas cake, but many people will have to use what is cheapest this year.
Luckily for me, my husband is still working and Christmas cake time coincides with bonus month time, so I can splash out a bit.
- If the recipes I use do not make allowance for alcohol, I simply reduce the amount of fluid in the recipe.
Even people who do not take alcohol normally may add it to cooking.
The heat process used during cooking is supposed to destroy the active alcohol ingredient in fruitcakes. So they say, but watch out for my cake. I "skelmpies" feed it brandy or sherry so by Christmas time my cake is a swaying alcoholic.
We may no longer drink and drive so at least let the cake enjoy itself.
Something has to consume the booze.
Mind you, that is now another can of worms, come to think about it.
One does not want one of our guests to fail the Breathalyzer test because he/she ate a slice of my Christmas cake.
Perhaps I will bake alcohol free kiddies and drivers cake also and put a big warning sign on my alcoholic cake.
"Do not eat and drive" a doggy bag is recommended.
This particular cake is beboozled."
Happy late baking