Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas Cake/ Kerala Plum Cake

All purpose flour - 2 cups
Butter - 1 ½  stick
Egg - 4 no's
Sugar - 1 cup
Baking powder - 2tsp
Cinnamon Powder - 1tsp
Cloves - 1tsp
Nutmeg - 1tsp
Ginger - 1tsp ( dry ginger powder)
Vanilla essence - 1tsp
Salt a pinch
Dry fruits and nuts (raisin, dates, cranberry, almond, walnuts) - 2 cups

For caramel
Sugar - ½ cup
Water - 1tbs
In medium heat, heat ½ cup cup of sugar with 1 tbsp of water and keep stirring until the color changes from light brown to dark brown.  Once the color becomes darker remove from heat and pour  water ¼ cup  and keep aside.

In a large bowl beat sugar and butter till smooth and add eggs, and beat until fluffy.  Sieve all purpose flour, baking powder and salt. Add cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg ginger powder and caramel and combine well.  Add vanilla essence and blend all the ingredients to get a smooth batter. Sprinkle 1 or 2 tsp flour over the  dry fruits and nuts and fold them into the batter lightly. Pour the batter into a greased baking pan.and bake at 350F. When its  done, remove the cake and keep it outside, and allow it cool, slice it and serve.