Happy Holidays !!!
This is my favorite time of the year and I would be baking literally every day LOL . To start of my baking spree , the first and foremost thing I did was soaking some fruits and nuts in alcohol . I have been doing this for several years , learned this from my mother who used to do this back in India . She also used to make home made wine from grapes & gooseberry, which used to taste exactly like a mulled wine . She used to soak them in Old monk rum (A brand of dark rum available in India) or any brandy, and her christmas cakes were to die for .. To reminisce those days I am bringing you all a very easy method to soak your fruits N nuts in advance and get ready for Christmas PS you can even gift this to your neighbours 😉 .
I have used a golden rum from Barbados , which was gifted by a friend of mine 2 years back . I normally do prefer dark rum especially captain morgan’s spiced rum is the best for this , if rum is not available you can also use a good cognac. Another thing to keep in mind is to chop up the fruits , dates/ figs if using any also make sure to cover the fruits fully with rum so that when the fruits plump up there will still be some liquid left LOL , sharing a secret after 2 weeks try this liquid it amaahzinngg…. This is just a fun recipe not too stressing about ingredients , I will give you the measurements but you can change them according to your palate .
Check here the nuts are really going nuts LMAO , I was feeling so christmasy and funny while I was chopping them up :p
Cooking Time – 15 minutes
Storing time – 2 to 3 weeks
Yield – can make 2 loaf pan cakes
Author – Parvathy V nair
A medley of mixed nuts including walnuts , cashew nuts, almonds , pecan , brazil nuts – chopped 3 cups
Dried Cranberry / Craisins – Chopped 1 cup
Golden Raisins – 1 cup
Dates/ figs- chopped one cup
Mixed fruit peel / Tutti frutti- 1 cup
Grated Ginger – 2 teaspoons
All spice powder- 1/2 teaspoon
Cinnamon Powder- 1/2 teaspoon
Golden Rum/ Any dark rum – 3 cups
1. Mix all these together in a bowl and place them individually in clean mason jars . Store them in a cool dry place upto 3 weeks .