Fruit Cake


My mother used to make three types of cakes before her old fashioned oven broke down on her. The regular butter-cake, Mango cake and Fruit cake. Fruit cake was the special of them all reserved for birthdays and special requests. We used to love it. It never lasted for more than two days. It never does. I have no clue why people complain of fruit cakes sitting idly in the fridge for years. This version gives awesome results. In fact if I am asked to choose between Warrior -fruit cake and Mom's fruit cake I did be confused. Both are equally good.

A word about Warrior bakery, Rajajinagar, Bangalore. Well after the old oven broke down, Mom never took to baking much and she never appreciated the fancy 'Lexus OTG' much. Then it was all about Warrior. It is one of the best know bakeries of the old world Bangalore, much like Indian Coffee House and Koshys. I love the fruit cake they make. We had to be at the bakery at the right time, else they would run out of it, quite some 'hot cakes' they were. On the day I did leave home for university, my father would get me this huge loaf of fruit cake. Back at my university hostel, I would keep this one thing from my friends. I would eat it a small piece at a time. By the time I am half way through the cake, tears would roll down my cheeks while eating, partly missing my home and my folks and partly the fast disappearing cake!

For now it is the home made version! Photographs never quite justly the goodness of this cake, after umpteen number of shots and styling efforts I give up. This is the best I could do

We will need,

Dried cherry 50 grams
raisins 50 grams
cashew 50 grams
Tutty Fruity 50 gram
Date 50 grams
All purpose flour 140 grams
Salt a pinch
Baking powder 1/4 tsp
Sugar 100 grams
Butter 100 grams
Eggs 2
Vanilla 1 tsp
Instant coffee powder 1 tbsp
Caramel 2 tsp
Cloves and Cinnamon (ground) 1/4 tsp
Nutmeg (ground) a pinch
Lemon juice 1 tsp
Lemon zest of 1 lemon


Method:
  • Butter a loaf pan and line it with wax paper on all sides and the bottom.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Chop all the dried fruits and cashew finely and set it aside.
  • Shift the flour with baking powder and salt multiple time. Toss the fruits in the flour and set it aside.
  • Cream the butter till it is soft and add sugar. Cream till sugar is almost dissolved.
  • Crack one egg and beat till well combined, crack the second egg and beat again till well combined.
  • Throw in the Vanilla, coffee, lemon zest, lemon juice, ground spices and caramel. Mix it well.
  • Now carefully stir in gently the flour and nut-fruit mixture. Mix till well combined and do not over mix it.
  • Transfer the mixture to the loaf pan.And pop it into the hot oven. Bake till a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 40 minutes. If the cake is browning rapidly on the top, cover it with a piece of aluminum foil.
Notes:
  • The original recipe calls for shortening instead of butter, I hate shortening and therefore never used it.
  • I substitute caramel for honey most of the times, this time, I had some maple syrup, so used it. I also substituted instant coffee powder for some Espresso (that is what I had on hand)
  • Use any combination of fruits and nuts. I had run out of cashews so used almonds instead and the results were fabulous.
  • I have used dried apricots, figs, cranberries before and they turn out very well. Just to keep the measurements correct, the total fruits and nuts used must be equal to 250 grams. Most often then not, I soak the fruits in some kind of alcohol overnight. I have tried Grand Marnier, Rum, this time about 40 ml Limoncello.It adds a another dimension to the fruit cake.
  • Lining the loaf pan with wax paper is very important else, the edges will be charred and bitter by the time the center of the loaf is done.
  • If you want a light colored fruit cake omit the coffee powder.

14 comments:

Priya said...

Wat an elegatna and super delicious loaves,fabulous fruit cake.

Renu said...

Hey Smitha,
Was thinking of fruit cake a while ago and than saw your post, looks tempting. Got to try making it this christmas.

Kannada Cuisine said...

Thanks Priya,
Renu go for it! It will never disappoint..in fact less than 24 hours more than half the cake is gone :(

Chitra said...

super delicious cake for christmas :)

Priya said...

Regarding ur q'n about the pumpkin dinner rolls, u can used very well the chappathi atta or else wheat flour+all purpose flour combo too..

LG said...

enappa Christmasge poorthi tayyari agide! Fruit cake bhala chennagi bandide ri :) slurrp..

Rachana said...

A delicious cake for the festive season. Yum1

R Sudhir Kumar said...

Lovely pics! You know this in one cake for which i throw my caution to winds, i can eat as much as 1/2 kg at a time and not be satiated. Oh ..

recipeswap said...

Happy New year!
Looks fantastic.I love the khara bread and biscuit from Warriors bakery:)

Anonymous said...

This cake looks wonderful. I am converting the measurements for my American kitchen, and I have one question. What is tutty fruity?

Thanks,

William

Kannada Cuisine said...

@ William,

The measurements need not be so very exact! In fact I use my regular cup measure to arrive at better results than the more elaborate grams measure.
Tutty fruity is candied raw papaya, you should be able to find it in Indian groceries all over USA. If not substitute with your favorite candied fruit(make sure you chop it fine).

R Sudhir Kumar said...

You know I have left my comment and its lost, but I still want to register my thoughts because this photograph is beautiful and this is my fav. cake and I can even today eat one full KG

Sara said...

Thumba chenagidhe nimma blog. I am enjoying read through it. Thanks!

Sara

Vijaya Chandrika said...

today i made this recipe nd loved it... Its Yummmyyyy.. Thanks Smitha