Friday, December 25, 2015

Tea fruit cake

"Christmas, Children, is not a date. But a state of mind"
  -Mary Ellen Chase


Finally!! Christmas is here. Over the years, I have come to love the holiday season!! There is a feeling of joy and hope everywhere!! Everyone seems to have a perpetual smile on their faces. And everyone, including me, is in the holiday mood. I seem to go around with a warm fuzzy feeling with a spring in my step and joy in my heart!!



Every year, we celebrate Christmas with our family in Bangalore. I used to bake loads of cookies, cakes and Panforte. But this year, we decided to visit Bangalore in the month of October. So this time, Christmas in our house is a subdued affair. I did bake the Ginger Bread cookies as Purvi wanted it. But I didn't bake the Panforte that I have been baking since past two years. I just didn't seem to have the energy to do all the cutting and chopping. However, a week back, I suddenly started having second thoughts. I felt that christmas would be incomplete without the traditional fruit cake. So I decided to bake this quick fruit cake that tastes almost like the real fruit cake.


This tea cake combines brewed tea along with mixed dried fruit and brown sugar to make this delicious cake. This dried fruits loaded cake gets the extra flavor and the moistness from the brewed tea. And the chai masala enhances the flavor of the cake to a large extent. Although this cake doesn't involve lot of preparation, it does involve overnight soaking of dry fruits. But that only helps to fuse the flavors better. 




This is not a hard and fast recipe. You can alter the recipe in many ways, to match your tastebuds.  You can use any dried fruit and tea of your choice. The chai masala can be replaced with all spice or a mixture cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. So if you are looking for a recipe that is quick, easy and adaptable then this recipe is just for you. It has sugar, spice and all those nice things that go into making the traditional fruit cake. These pretty cakes stay fresh for upto a week. So they can make great edible gifts as well!!
Merry Christmas Everyone!!!


Fruity tea cake:
Preparation time: 20min+soaking time
Baking time: 50-55min
Serves- 8

Ingredients:
Mixed dry fruits: 300gms (I used dates, dark raisins, golden raisins, mixed peel and some tutti fruity)
Brewed tea- 250ml* (see notes)
Dark brown sugar- 200gms
Chai or tea masala- 2tspns
Butter- 125gm
All purpose flour- 240ml
Baking powder- 1-1/2tspn
Salt- a pinch


Method:
  • Place the mixed dried fruit, Sugar, butter, tea and tea masala in a sauce pan. Cover and heat gently until the butter has melted, Stirring occasionally. 
  • Increase the heat and boil the mixture for a minute. Remove the pan from the heat set aside to cool. Cover and leave the mixture overnight at room temperature.
  • Sift the flour twice along with the salt and baking powder and set aside.
  • Fold the sifted flour into the fruit mixture. Spoon the chunky dough into a greased baking pan and level the surface with the back of the spoon. 
  • Bake the mixture for 50-55 in a pre-heated oven at 180C or until golden and a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Remove the cake from the oven, then leave to cool completely in the pan. Turn out and serve in slices, spread with butter or honey, if you like.
Notes:
  • To make the brewed tea, boil 1-1/2tspn of tea leaves in 250ml of water. Strain and use accordingly.
  • You can use any dried fruits of your choice for this recipe
  • For a scented flavor, you can use equal quantities of earl grey or Lady grey tea.
  • If mixed peel is not available, you can replace it with a dried fruit of you choice and add grated zest of one orange.
  • The chai masala can be replaced with equal quantity of allspice.

3 comments :

  1. wow, that cake looks beautiful.. I was actually looking for a cake to try with all those supplies I bought for Christmas cake. This cake is perfect, bookmarked!

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  2. This is fantastic! Not only tasty but so quick and easy to make.
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