Holiday Fruit Cake with dried mixed fruits and assorted nuts. An explosion of flavor and moist fruit cake to enjoy the festive season. This homemade recipe will make you forget that store-bought fruit cake! Make one of these homemade cakes with your favorite dried fruits and nuts.
In general, fruitcake has a combination of fruits and nuts folded into just enough batter to hold the cake together. If there are some fruits you don’t like, you can always replace more of another fruit or your preferred fruits. It’s been a Christmas tradition in many households for decades. Fruitcakes have been known to be good after months and you can even extend it into years by wrapping it in cloth and foil, saturate with alcoholic liquors regularly and keep in tightly sealed containers.
This recipe doesn’t include any alcohol, don’t get me wrong I like the classic one with brandy and whatnot, but it would not do with the kids. So this is what I’m bringing to the table. An easy – no alcohol – fruitcake. If you’re short on time, but want to bake a holiday fruitcake, you’re in luck! This recipe is so easy to make and doesn’t require any special technique. It does include a bit of cooking but no stand-mixer was used here. So try this recipe and see how delicious this easy fruit cake without alcohol is. Soft, sweet and spicy, the perfect cake for Christmas time.
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Tips for Holiday Fruit Cake
- To prevent over-browning, line the bottom and sides of the pan with parchment paper. If you leave extra parchment paper overlapping the sides, it will be easier to remove the cake from the pan.
- Let fruitcake cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.
Holiday Fruit Cake
- 1 ½ cup dried fruits
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup butter
- ¼ tsp cinnamon powder
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1 ½ cup flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ¼ cup almond flour optional
- ½ cup chopped almond
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- dried cranberries
- dried apricots
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour coat toppings to avoid sinking
- Heat water in a cooking pot or saucepan at medium heat. Tip in the dried fruits, sugar, butter, spiced cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt then stir and simmer for 10 mins. Then transfer in a bowl and set aside to cool.
- In a bowl add the flour, baking soda, and almond flour. Stir until well combined, set aside.
- Prepare a loaf pan (4 in X 8 in) by greasing and lining with baking paper/parchment paper then set aside. Pre- Heat oven into 180’C.
- When the dried fruits mixture is cold, pour the beaten eggs then stir. Add the nuts ( walnuts and almonds) then stir. Add the vanilla extract then add the flour-baking soda mix then incorporate it. Pour into prepared loaf pan.
- Thinly coat toppings with flour and place on top of the batter then bake for 40-50 mins or until toothpick test comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and let cool for a couple of minutes. Serve and enjoy. Joyeux Fete!