Monday, December 19, 2005

Oh Mr. Kringle... It's soon gonna Jingle!!

It's that time of the year again! Finals, vacations, overdose of the red and green colors. I still feel deprived of the festive feeling of Diwali, since I have been preoccupied ('busy') ever since November. Now that I feel at ease, I decided to cook up some festive feeling this 'Holiday' and started out with baking a cake for Hubbie's colleagues at work.

This DRY FRUIT CAKE reciepe is courtesy of my friend 'Khatti Imli' is simple yet sinful. It is a cake with just the right amount of sweetness and crunch. Most of the ingredients may already be in your pantry, so you can just get to work when you feel like cake:-)



2 Sticks butter
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon

2 cups flour
1 cup raisins
1 cup desiccated coconut (Optional - I always leave this one out :))
1/2 cup walnuts (blended or pieces)
1/2 cup unsalted almonds (blended or pieces)
1/2 cup orange juice

How to proceed

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix together the first 6 ingredients in microwaveable bowl and microwave for 3.5 minutes on high. Good idea to do 2 mins and 1.5 min batches and watch the bowl so that the contents don't oveflow. It is a sticky mess to clean.
3. Mix batter with spatula until smooth
4. Add flour a little at a time (to avoid lumps) and mix well until batter is smooth and has no lumps.
5. Add raisins, coconut, chopped nuts, orange juice and again mix well. The batter should now run smooth when dripped from the spoon.
6. If the batter appears lumpy, fill 1/2 the empty can on condensed milk with hot water and gradually pour into the batter while mixing.
7. Grease a 9x12 baking pan and pout batter in the pan and garnish with any nuts and raisins.
8. Bake for 35 - 40 minutes at 350 degree F.

Some observations and tips
1. Do not leave the batter of butter and condensed milk after warming... add the other dry ingredients immediately. Keep all the ingredients at hand before starting the recipe.

The smell of the melting butter and the cake baking is truly intoxicating :)


Anonymous said...

I do not see any mention of egg in this recipe. My husband and I prefer cakes containing eggs.

Anonymous said...

wow egg less cake cannot wait to try. I have been searching for egg less cake for a while. Thanks a lot