Plum Cake

ah, found recipe for plum cake, my malayali roomates use to get it for christmas . Thanks !!! will try it and let you know.

http://deepann.wordpress.com/2006/03/30/rich-fruit-plum-cake/

  • Dates – 3 cups
  • Raisins- 2 cups
  • Cherries(Preserved in Indian way)- 2 cups
  • Broken Nuts-2 cups
  • Orange & Lemon Peel- 1/2 cup
  • Tutty Fruty or other candied fruits (Optional)- 1 cup
  • Brandy or Rum – 1/2 cup
    Chop the fruits fine.Soak in the alchohol and keep it in an air tight container for a couple of week.
  • All Purpose Flour/Maida – 2 cups
  • Powdered Sugar – 3 cups(1 cup for caramalizing the sugar)
  • Butter – 250 gms
  • Baking powder – 2 tsp
  • Eggs – 6
  • Vanilla Essence – 2 tsp
  • Salt – a pinch( to adjust the sweetness)
  • Powdered Spices – 3 tsp (Cardamom,Cloves,Cinnamon,Nutmeg,Dry ginger)
  • Orange juice – 2 tbsp

1. Caramelize 1 cup of Sugar.
It can be done by heating a medium sauce pan with 1 cup of sugar and 1 tbsp of water.Stir in continuosly and use only medium heat.The sugar will melt first,then gradually becomes a molten syrup.As it gets hotter,it’ll turn into a dark colored caramel syrup.Now slowly add 1/2 cup of water and stir well immediately before it crystalizes back.(Be careful while doing it,for it can splash and may cause severe burns.).Stir it well to dissolve completely and allow it to cool. 

2.Preheat the oven to 350 degree F.
3.Sift the baking powder and flour well,2 or 3 times.
4.Now mix the powdered spices and the soaked fruits to the flour.Mix well with a spatula and keep aside.
5.Beat butter and powdered sugar till light and fluffy.
6.Now add the eggs one at a time to the beaten sugar butter mixture with a teaspoon of flour after each egg.Beat well.
7.Add the flour mixture alternatively with the cooled caramel and fold in.Remember do not whisk,this can break the fruits.
8.Lastly add vanilla essence and 1 tsp of brandy.Mix everything well using a wooden spatula preferably to one side.

9.Pour it into a lined baking pan.(Lined with parchment paper or brown paper).
(As i didn’t have the parchment paper with me,I just butter sprayed the pan and sprinkle some flour on it.)

10.Bake it in the oven for 45 minutes.
11.Check by inserting a tooth pick and if it comes out clean ,the cake is done.
If its not done reduce the heat to 250 F and bake for another 10- 15 mts or until done.
12.When the cake is baked,remove and immediately sprinkle 1 tbsp of brandy over it.This can enhance the flavour and increases its life span.

13.Let it cool .Cut it and serve.

14.If storing,remember to keep it in refrigerator in an air tight container.

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