For me ‘Christmas’ equals baking a great ‘Plum Cake’ and if you are looking for a great recipe, here is one!
This plum cake is a dish I always make for Christmas! I had scheduled this post for Xmas before leaving for Pune, as I thought that would be a perfect day to post a plum cake recipe. The only thing I think is that I had scheduled it only in my head 🙁 Apparently I am a bit late to post this, but anyway, here it is with the title changed from Merry Xmas to Plum Cake!
I got the original recipe from here which is an excellent site for baking recipes. I made some changes to the recipe like using rum instead of brandy since neither N or I really like brandy too much. Also, I used Demerara sugar instead of light brown as mentioned in the original recipe. But I must admit, this was a super duper plum cake I made.
The use of orange zest just added that extra taste to the cake and the dried fruits were just perfect to create delicious taste. Plum cakes are always an integral part of any Christmas celebrations. I believe earlier the tradition was to have plum porridge, which soon gave way to dried fruits and spices being added to the porridge and the tradition of Christmas pudding came in place. Eventually, the oatmeal was replaced by wheat flour, butter and eggs and thus was born the tradition of Christmas plum cakes!
And I must admit, these cakes do taste delicious in the cold winter nights! A warm slice of this plum cake with a glass of hot chocolate does sound delicious, doesn’t it?
Also, I love using alcohol in baking. The flavor it imparts to the dish is just so amazing. Like this delicious boozy bread pudding!
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup sugar Demera
- 3 eggs large
- 4 tbsps rum
- one orange juice and zest
- 3/4 cup ground almonds
- 1 cup walnuts and cashews mixed and chopped
- 650 gm dried fruits I used raisins, dates, prunes
- 2 cups maida
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Heat the oven to 160 degrees.
- Beat the butter and sugar till light and fluffy.
- Add eggs and beat some more.
- Add the rum, orange juice and zest.
- Fold the almonds, cashews and walnuts and the rest of the dry fruits in it.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder and fold this into the cake batter.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour. Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) and continue to bake the cake for another 1 hour 30 minutes or until a long skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out with just a few moist crumbs.
- Enjoy!!! It was so yummy that it got over in a day and Ojas digged in it too much! I made one more for him with very very less rum.