Plum cake/Fruit cake

Christmas was just around the corner ! That sounds like an old phrase ! Christmas has gone past by ,but the taste of the Christmas fruit cake or plum cake still lingers in my mouth.Christmas is that season of the year where in most of my friends wait for the Christmas fruit cake /plum cake that I bake.

The fresh flavours of cinnamon ginger clove spiced up with the raisins and fruit candies makes it just amazing. This cake is very easy to make and if made with the exact proportions mentioned , the taste can never go wrong. I have been baking this cake for the last 2-3 years and it has always been a hit.This plum cake does not use any liquor like the traditional plum cake, but I can assure you that this tastes just as good or better than that!

There are a few of my friends who actually never enjoyed this cake , but when they tasted the plum cake I made ,their opinion completely changed .You should definitely try this cake. Let’s look a bit at the nutrition aspects as well.

Ginger has a long history of use for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness and pain.increasing consumption of plant foods like ginger decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy and overall lower weight.

The sweet, woody scent of cinnamon has been known from almost the beginning of time as one of the warmest, most soothing fragrances on the planet.Cinnamon provides high amounts of calcium and fiber.
Cloves offer many health benefits, some of which include providing aid in digestion, having antimicrobial properties, fighting against cancer, protecting the liver, boosting the immune system, controlling diabetes, preserving bone quality, and containing anti-mutagenic properties, as well as fighting against oral diseases and headaches, while displaying aphrodisiac properties as well.

With all these spices blending in together with so much of nutritional value, let’s have a look at the recipe

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Serving Size            4-5 portions

Prep Time                 10-15 mins
Cooking Time          5-10mins
Baking Time             50-65mins( depending on the oven)

 

Ingredients

Firmly packed light brown sugar  1 cup

Water                                                     1 cup

Butter diced                                         1/4 cup

Ground cinnamon                             1 tsp

Ground cloves                                     1/2 tsp

Ground ginger                                     1tsp

Salt                                                          1/2 tsp

Seedless raisins                                   2cups ( you can mix light and dark  coloured raisins)

Eggs lightly beaten                           2 large( you can also use flax egg as an alternative for people who don’t use egg)

All Purpose flour /Maida.               1 1/2 cups

Baking soda                                         1 tsp

Pure vanilla extract                            1 tsp

Candied and chopped mixed peel  1 cup

 

Method

-Butter, or spray with a nonstick vegetable spray, a 9 x 5 x 3 inch (23 x 13 x 8 cm) loaf pan.you can also bake it in a round cake pan.

– Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). (Note: if using a dark colored pan reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C).)

-In a large saucepan, over medium heat, bring to a boil the sugar, water, butter, spices, and raisins.

– Boil for five minutes, then remove from heat, and let cool till lukewarm.

-Stir into this mixture the lightly beaten eggs, flour, baking soda, vanilla extract and candied fruit.

– Pour into your prepared pan and bake for 50 – 65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

-Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.

This cake can be served fresh or Stored in a container and served laterThis fruit cake can be also frozen

 

.-Deepa Damodar

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