I have the fruits soaking…I wasn’t sure if 3/4c rum was enough, so I added 1 cup!! While this recipe has received rave reviews and become a staple for many readers, I’ve teamed up with All-Clad to showcase their new Pro-Release Bakeware Set and Silicone Tools, and give this fruit cake recipe a new and improved update for the holiday season. Hi Julie! Your recipe made my day. Add the dried cranberries, dried blueberries, dried apricots, dried pineapple, and brandy to a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid. Remember, you’re also adding grated apple, etc. Fruit: You don’t have to just use the dried fruit in this recipe, you can mix in all sorts of other tasty ingredients like apricots, cranberries, currants, blueberries, and prunes.Mix and match them to change up the flavors of the cake without having to change the base ingredients, and you may find a new family favorite variation. I will trust you from now on. Hope this helps! I called mom, and said, “I’m in heaven.” And i just kept tasting it and moaning “oh my god”. I’ve included instructions in the recipe below, so the fruit mixture should soak for about 24 hours. I never get tired of baking. In total, I should have 7 1/4 c of dried fruit? After that drain the water completely. Remove from heat and cool for at least 15 minutes. I hope this helps! I’m hoping for a dark Rich fruitcake loaded with fruit. It is INCREDIBLY moist, especially once it has been wrapped in cheesecloth for a week. I am cooking in Mexico City, at 7,349 feet above sea level. I actually have the fruit soaking in rum right now. Oh my gosh sorry. I put all the batter into a quite large, round cake pan (the kind where the bottom unsnaps from the sides). I was thinking to switch the next soak with some Andy Player whiskey. Wow! If you would rather not soak the cloth every week, don’t worry about it! This will not disappoint as it is unbelievably delicious.  Mom keeps insisting I could not have been more wrong. ), I highly recommend checking out the full All-Clad Pro-Release Bakeware Set! You and me both. How did you wrap it, and what kind of shipment did you use? Or using a substitute of some sort? I made this last year and fell in love with it. It is a very thick, fruit heavy mixture. If it smells like triple sec and is a similar alcohol content, I would say sure? Even my grandfather who has diabetes couldn’t resist having a bite. My friend and I love your recipe. Several people have asked how to put marzipan on top. So, that altitude will absolutely affect your baking and recipes (usually sugar and leavening) need to almost always be adjusted, particularly if you live about 5,000 feet (which you are well above). Looks good, tastes wonderful, but I have a problem: the cake crumbles when you cut it. Bake the fruit cake Bake the cake for about 90 minutes, starting to test it for doneness at 80 minutes. would it be okay if i soaked the fruits for 3-4 weeks?Â. a popular and flavoured fruity cake recipe made with myriad dry fruits, fruit juice and cake flour. This is the best fruit cake in the world – and the only fruit cake that I’ve ever loved and enjoyed. Brandy. I must admit, I’m very wary of the candied fruit too because it generally just tastes like sugar to me, but this is the absolute BEST fruit cake I’ve ever had. Reduce speed to medium and add the eggs one at a time, beating just until each egg is incorporated. This beats anything I have ever tasted and its definately worth trying. I know that you have specifically mentioned not to change the pan size and I hate to ask this question. Thanks so much for the feedback and glad you have an extra to last all winter long. Please don’t do this, because the paper towels will disintegrate or probably stick to the cake and it will become a mess. for someone who cant bake, these turned out sooooo goood. Thanks mom! Hmmm…I’m not sure if I would soak it honestly if you aren’t going to use alcohol. I wanna go to give try this fruits cake recipe thanks for posting. I think pineapple sounds great, but I would personally steer away from dates in this recipe (unless used in a very very small quantity). I should finally attempt to do one! Can I put it back in the oven, 300 farenheit just to make the alcohol evaporate for maybe 5 mins. I baked one cake in a 8×2 loaf, one in a 6×2 round pan, and then a batch of mini muffins. Thanks, Laura! I do not have cheesecloth. Well, I happen to be a fruitcake lover, and this one is so similar to my family’s plum pudding! Bake until the top is deep golden brown and the batter clinging to the fruit seems set, about 1 hour for smaller loaves, 10-15 minutes longer for a large loaf. I’m going to ask my mom to see if she can help with your question, but unfortunately I’m traveling at the moment so it could be a few days! Christmas Dry Fruit Cake Recipe, Learn how to make Christmas Dry Fruit Cake (absolutely delicious recipe of Christmas Dry Fruit Cake ingredients and cooking method) About Christmas Dry Fruit Cake Recipe: Bursting with the flavour of dry fruits, soaked in brandy, the traditional christmas cake takes a bit of effort but each delicious bite makes it worth your while.. OMG this is sooo beautiful! Don’t skip this step! What can we use to substitute instead? However, once in the fruit cake, I couldn’t really taste it… but I am getting sleepy when eating it lol. And I am preparing to make it for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Yes, I made this recipe. How much is one batch in terms of weight. Your recipe looks delicious. I just highly recommend it – you can always reduce the amount or soak it less if you’re worried. Now I want fruitcake {there’s a sentence I never thought I’d say}… Big thanks to your mom for making fruitcake edible! 🙂, I’m just curious, how important is it for this to soak for 4-6 weeks? One question (if you’re still checking! From this batch, did you get 4 or 5 or 6 mini loaves? In a large bowl, combine sugar, flour, soda, spices, eggs, lemon rind, vanilla, 1/2 cup brandy, fruit, … I always use American large eggs for recipe development on my site if that helps clarify anything in the future!!! Can I bake this fruitcake in a smaller loaf tins, round cake pan, etc.? Could I just use the same amount of batter that you’ve divided into 2 pans and put it into one large round cake pan? Which do you think would work the best? However, if you meant the actual cake itself, yes! My family already finished 2/3 of the big loaf within a day (mostly by my mum). But, this was really fabulous, thank you! I would assume I could just add that after baking? Prepare the Fruitcake: Preheat the oven to 300F (150C) with a rack in the center position. This fruitcake looks awesome. Seems like a lot. I know you have said two 8×4, but you have also said 9×5. Your links to the bakeware are insecure and unsafe, making it impossible to get there. Will try your recipe as posted, except will be adding pineapple instead of peaches. Also I forgot to add the nuts so am thinking of making a nut glaze instead. ... 2 Fluffy Cake with Dried Fruit and Cinnamon. Thanks in advance for your help! My fruits are in dark rum soak mode!!! I always love hearing from people that try my recipes, particularly this one as it is a family staple and something we also look forward to enjoying each holiday season. Is that alright or do i need to soak them in a bowl as u mentioned in your recipe? Nov 4, 2015 - Ginger Ale Fruit Cake - 3 ingredients: 1kg dried mixed fruit • 600ml dry ginger ale • 2 cups self-raising flour stand fruit in ginger ale over night add flour and bake 150degrees C for 1hr40min.   I am VERY pleased with this risky little adventure. ), but if you just use the alcohol for soaking the fruit prior to baking, you should be fine. hi laura- i am getting ready to make my fruitcakes for christmas. But he likes it with marzipan and icing (traditional British–I live in the UK). Does it matter? okey-dokey! I’ve seen other fruitcake recipes that have marzipan added into the batter. My only ammendments were white sugar instead of brown so I have a blonde version and I added dried pineapple. One loaf was consumed rather quickly and was delicious. I have a feeling you already worked this out, but you can mostly substitute different liquors for the soaking liquid, I just personally prefer rum. Forget the old fruitcake reputation! So glad that I found ya! You could definitely try that, the flavor will not be the same though and it won’t be quite as moist because the soaking step once it’s baked also adds even more moisture/flavor. Figs and A normal loaf pan will usually make about 3 mini loaves – but it might vary recipe to recipe. But more than that, the cake is very dense. Christmas fruit cakes are a big deal here, and my mom absolutely loves them. I would try to find something on the drier side personally (like an Amontillado), but it will work. As for soaking, I would STRONGLY recommend removing the paper towels and replacing it with a linen, the paper towel might disintegrate and this cake is sticky, so I’m worried paper towel residue might be left on the cake when you remove it. But I wasn’t sure if you meant two 9×5 pans? A Beautiful Plate is a recipe website dedicated to simplifying the art of cooking and sourdough bread baking. I just provide the recipe for you to make at home. I’ve never tried this and am a bit hesitant to advise it (especially since it’s not a cheap recipe to make and I don’t want you to get bad results), because it is VERY fruit filled and I’m worried there wouldn’t be much structure left if you used a non-gluten nut flour. I’m not sure! Combine dried fruits, candied ginger and both zests. would like to know instead of sherry and triple sec, would i just brush the sides of the fruitcake with rum and wrap with double baking double + double aluminum foil? I just finished my first fruitcakes and have them in the refrigerator now. So glad you liked it and love your small changes – always hope people make recipes their own! My mom has never used brandy for wrapping – it is VERY high in alcohol content, so I would be a little hesitant unless you’re prepared for an even boozier flavor, since it does not cook off. 🙂. We have 9 and that feels big sometimes. Happy to hear that! Wow, such an amazing recipe. Thx for sharing your recipe, Your email address will not be published. I’m going to ask my mom (pro about the fruit cakes) and get back to you, as it has been a while since I made this. Fruitcake totally gets a bad rap — though yes, those neon-colored fruits and other weird bits do scare me. It really is the best Fruitcake I’ve ever had! I used two pans almost 9×5 inches. I’m wondering, if I use triple sec now, should I use sherry for the next couple weeks or keep using the triple sec. Oh, one more question. I was very confused as the qty of fruit was a lot to fit in one loaf!! Thank you for a gorgeous recipe and tell your mum, thank you, too!! I just baked your beautiful fruitcake recipe but am wondering if I omit the aging with cheesecloth and sherry will it make a huge difference?    Also, can I soak the fruit in juice as opposed to the rum? Is there a substitute, such as apple juice, for the alcohol in this recipe? This Everyday Fruit Cake, cooked in a loaf tin, is almost apologetically easy. hello from Canada! These fruit cakes can be stored in the refrigerator for 6 to 8 weeks (or longer!). Hmm. I end up making 5 batch of your recipe. If you are doing this, be sure to watch the bake time carefully and look for the signs that it is done baking, as it will most likely not take nearly as long. What substitute do you suggest for soaking the cheesecloth in if you don’t want to use alcoholÂ. See more ideas about fruit cake, fruitcake recipes, christmas baking. I was raised on it! This fruit cake recipe, which yields two standard loaf cakes, is all about the dried fruit. THANK you.Â, Yay! Hi Leah! Being a non drinker, I actually added nearly half a bottle of rum. =). So I am a little worried, if the cake will taste eggy with 5 eggs. I usually use 1 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp salt for most of my recipes. Does it need to be refrigerated or will it hold up for a few weeks just wrapped in the cheesecloth, wax paper, and foil? and she would have to charge a fortune to break even. Wow! It might just depend on the types of fruit that you use or if you make some other adaptations. Unfortunately, I have never tried doing this, so I can’t say if a substitute would work (and wouldn’t want the recipe to not work out without having tested it myself). Hi Joan! This is definitely the best fruit cake that I’ve had and I hope you love it too. Yep, it’s pretty boozy, you might want to skip it this year, haha. Great recipe for Dry fruit Cake. Please do come back and let me know what you think of the cake if you make it! This fruit cake recipe features their All-Clad Pro-Release Loaf Pan. So, adding this to my favorites. Preheat the oven to 350°F, and lightly coat a 9x5” loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Have you ever made a gluten free version or is that even possible? Did I make that up or did it change?Â. Combine dry ingredients and sift into fruit mixture. Sign up for the Recipe of the Day Newsletter Privacy Policy, Alton Brown Cooks Live: Dessert Panzanella, Alton Brown Cooks Live: Panini Press Dinner, Alton Brown Cooks Live: Bone Marrow with Parsley Salad, Alton Brown Cooks Live: The A&E Bloody Bull+. Hope this fruit cake recipe becomes a family staple! Hi Laura, I recommend re-soaking the cheesecloth every week or so, or whenever it is dry. Place fruit and liquid in a non-reactive pot with the sugar, butter, apple juice and spices. Doug in Rhode Island.Â, Thank you for bringing that to my attention – that was an omission error when I inserted the original recipe into my site! im looking forward to make this! Hi! What do you think? I will let you know how it tastes in a week time.  I am making it this weekend. A few days or a week would probably work as well – but it can also be stored for a very long time too. I would taste it on it’s own and if you enjoy the flavor, it should be ok. I’m sorry I can’t be more helpful, I just have no familiarity with that particular alcohol. I’ve made this recipe twice!! I promise it works! This cake yields two loaf cakes. Oh, i didn’t mean paper kitchen towels, but the cotton type (English is not my first language). I also couldnt help myself and added more candied ginger and even though I added more, I still couldnt taste it much, so I guess I will add a tad more next time. I had my last batch stick around for 4+ months. Wrap in sherry or triple sec soaked cheesecloth for at least a week for best flavor! This is one of the best things I’ve ever baked. One other question, do I butter the parchment paper before putting  the batter in it?Â.  Also, what was she referring to when she mentioned the “butter?”. Means a lot. I love the sound of this recipe, I have all my ingredients ready to go but I would like to know if I can make this cake in a 20cm Round cake Tin. This will be my standard recipe for years to come. I think you’ll like it more than candied (if I do say so myself 😉 ). Â. The best fruit cake recipe you’ll ever make! I can’t wait. I would definitely recommend having a VERY sharp chef’s knife! If you love traditional Fruit Cake during the holidays but wish it were easier to share, then you’ll love these delicious, shareable Fruit Cake Muffins. Thanks for the answers. Please know that baking times and results will vary. Or it’s the scene from Harry met Sally. I just made this for the first time and couldn’t resist taking a sliver while it was still hot. There is no way the booze is going to soften all the fruit so am bothered that the final cake will have some very dried tasting dried fruits – like the peaches. thank you for sharing such awesome recipe! Thanks so much Lauren 🙂. After all, fruit cake is one of the most ridiculed baked goods in existence! If you’re looking for durable and high-quality bakeware for yourself (or to gift to others!  I used FOUR 3 x 7 Pans (not quite “minis” with parchment all around – (i cut little surrounds) Perfection at  1 hour and 15 minutes for the test loaf, and because it was so moist, I left the others in for 1:25 just to be sure. The best fruit cakes are matured for at least a month and moistened or ‘fed’ from time to time with alcohol such as sherry, Madeira or brandy. For the ginger I just don’t like them so I just skipped it.Â, This is my first time baking and eating fruit cake. Would you say that one batch of yours which is for 2 loaf pans can make 5 mini loaves? Best tasting  fruitcake! I plan to reapply the liquor every week. She said we’d have a “happy year” for every piece we ate 🙂 I guess after a while, I actually started liking it. Are we using 5 eggs because of the alcohol content? So, I just discussed this with my mom! dried fruit, unsweetened chocolate, large eggs, vanilla extract and 5 more Ultimate Fruitcake Chatelaine allspice, strawberry jam, brandy, lemon peel, baking soda, maraschino cherries and 15 … Note: I recommend soaking the fruit for a minimum of 12 hours or as long as 24 hours. to the batter the next day. I made this cake to see if it would be suitable for my husband to take tramping (hiking). My husband is one who likes fruitcake, he will love this I’m sure. That soaking period definitely contributes a lot more moisture to the cake, and I highly recommend it – although it will still taste good either way. I may not be able to wait for the holidays! Ivo Stern. I made a dairy free version substituting butterby extra virgin olive oil. I only have cotton, linen towels are very difficult to find here. Butter as well…. Is it American large size (53-63g) or European large size (63-73g)? Am aware it might just reduce the fressh orangey taste a little but I wonder with well over 1kg of dried fruit, if that will really be noticeable. It turns cynics into converts. How long will this last if I keep soaking it each week in the sherry? thank you.Â. How to check properly that the cake is cooked. Oh and Gorgeous photos! When you say to bake until the cakes are ‘set’ – should they be brown? Thanks for the great question. It reduces clean-up and common user errors, such as over measuring flour. As for the booze for soaking, rum is perfect for tropical! If no why ? So cute!! I’m soaking the fruit now. Fruited cream cheese frosting is the literal and figurative icing on the cake! This recipe is a must have.Â. Thanks for the recipe! Left a comment last year while the cakes were baking, now I’m back again to say they came out perfect and I’m making them again for the second year in a row!! Took around 45 minutes to cook. Classic fruit cake made with soaked unsweetened dried fruit. What an amazing write-up and review. Should I make the switch? Thinking i need to make this for big family Christmas (am I do mean big, 20+). I’ve found that just a week of soaking makes the biggest difference in flavor, but your plan also sounds great 🙂 So thrilled you love this recipe as much as my family does! i am still eating fruitcake! Pecan is too expensive for me. Line base and sides of deep 20cm square cake pan with 3 thickness baking paper. Your email address will not be published. Can I use Cream sherry to soak the fruit instead of rum? I’ve never actually had fruitcake. it will be interesting to see if anyone makes this:), Making it now, because it will be moist and boozy, better than any cake I’ve tested.Â. Still turned out lovely! I don’t believe it will be very detrimental to this cake, but I REALLY appreciate you bringing this to my attention. So, I’ve made the cake and it’s wrapped in sherry-soaked cheesecloth right now. After 15 to 20 minutes, take the cake out and let it cool for some time. At least, that’s what’s in the King James. Combine orange peel, juice, corn syrup, and vanilla. Thanks for the reply Laura. Thank you. Cover up with marzipan and royal icing. I removed the paper towels, which wasn’t too difficult. This fruit cake contains a ton of dried fruit. To prepare this amazing dry fruit cake recipe, add dry fruits in a large bowl and pour hot water over them. You’d be better off just omitting the apple altogether. Hope this helps! How do I use the parchment paper? I’ll try adding some more nuts to the normal glaze.Â, I made the cakes and they are soaking in Triple sec now. The cake is very, very moist, but should not be extremely crumbly. Do u know what affected that?Â, Hi, love your fruit cake recipe! My husband says, "You are one of the rare species on the planet that loves fruit cake." Also, if I tried making this in those paper single-use loaf pans, the ones that you don’t remove but can gift as is, I can only soak the top I suppose. She is still getting the hang of leaving comments–for a while she thought she had to put her full name in the “contact” form. Hi, would i be able to soak the cake in dark rum for approx 2 weeks instead of using sherry or triple sec? Also, could you let me know if your loaf pans are metal or glass? Slightly biased, but hope you agree! What dried fruits are they? Looks so delicious, can’t wait to try this. I also have some 100% cotton pillow cases that I wouldn’t mind tearing to long strips. Do you think they would work ok? 🙂, Hi – I would like to know which alcohol tastes the best for wrapping the fruit cake. love your recipe! If it comes out clean, it's done. If not, bake another 10 minutes, and check again. 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