Christmas is just few weeks away and are you planning to make some fruit cake for Christmas? Then first preparation work is soaking the different dry fruits required for making the fruit cake. Soaking fruits for Christmas Cake is the first step to make the traditional rich Christmas Fruitcake. It is so easy and adds an amazing flavor, richness, and moisture to the fruitcake.
The core ingredients of this Christmas fruit cake are different dried fruits with nuts & raisins. Flour & other ingredients are only used to bind these fruits together. Select the best quality available, with a mix of fruit of different colours, textures and tastes. The process may look laborious but worth to taste this moist spice infused soaked rich fruit and nut Christmas Cake. The first step to making this yummiest Cake among all is soaking the fruits. Traditionally dry fruits are soaked in Rum. I usually soak in fresh fruit juice. You can use Orange Juice or Blueberry Juice.
Combination of dry fruits for soaking is individuals choice. Some prefer soaking nuts with Dry fruits but I prefer to add before baking to have the crunchy feeling.
Fresh orange juice – 3/4 cup
Water – 1/4 cup
Juice of half lemon
Dark raisins – 1/8 cup
Chopped prunes – 1/8 cup (3)
Chopped dates – 1/8 cup (3)
Dried red cranberries – 1/8 cup
Chopped dried apricots – 1/8 cup (3)
Golden raisins – 1/8 cup
Chopped figs – 1/8 cup (3)
A pinch of Himalayan pink salt
- In a saucepan, take orange juice, lemon juice and water with salt.
- Add all chopped dried fruits mentioned above and mix.
- Boil for 2 minutes on high heat and then switch off the heat.
- Transfer them into a bowl.
- Cover and let it sit for 20 minutes. Till the dry fruits absorb all the juices.
- After 20 minutes they are ready to use for baking.