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Xmas Cake

 

 

Ingredients:

900 gms mixed Dry fruits (can obtain from Supermarket in packet) or put in the following:

200 gms Currants

150 gms chopped Dates

150 gms chopped Cranberry

100 gms Dark Sultanas

100 gms Sultanas

100 gms Chopped Dry Cherries

100 gms Prunes chopped

Mix the above in a glass bowl or Jar. Add 2 cups of Dark Rum and close with cling wrap. Keep this in the cupboard or away from sunlight. Do this at least 3 days prior to baking cake. Some do this a month earlier, some 3 months earlier.

250 gms nuts (Almonds and Walnuts) cut into small pieces. To be added to the above mixture a day earlier to baking cake (1 cup Dark Rum to be added and mixed well)

1 bottle Dark Rum (750 ml)

500 gms standard flour or Maida to be sifted along with baking powder

½ tsp baking powder

500 gms Powdered (Castor) Sugar

500 gms Unsalted Butter

125 gms Ghee or Clarified Butter

500 gms Eggs (8)

1 tbsp. Vanilla Essence

1 tsp Caraway Seeds (to be rubbed on palm of your hand before putting)

1 Tbsp. Treacle or Golden Syrup (to be added last)

1 cup Burnt Sugar Syrup (see video – how to prepare burnt sugar syrup)

Method:

Remove soaked fruit and nuts and spread on a tray. Sprinkle some of the flour over them and mix lightly.

Line the cake tins to be used for baking with Baking paper.

Separate the eggs yolk from the white and keep aside. Beat the white of egg to stiff consistency.

In a cake mixer or in a deep vessel, blend the butter, ghee and sugar adding the sugar little at a time. Total 20 minutes if blending in vessel. Use a big wooden spoon or wooden buttermilk churner. Start adding flour and egg yolk – little at a time and blend well. When egg yolk is finished start adding white of egg until both the flour and egg has been added. Blend well.

Add the vanilla essence, caraway seeds and blend further. Add the burnt sugar and mix well. Lastly add the golden syrup. Now add the dry fruits and nuts. Mix well and pour into Cake tins (sized 6 to 8 inches or 12 to 20 cms) lined with baking paper.

Bake in pre-heated oven for 2 hour at 140 degrees fan forced or 150 conventional oven or 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Check if the cake is done, by piercing the cake with a skewer. If it comes clean without any batter, cake is baked. Otherwise continue baking for some more time.

Remove and let the cake cool in the tins.

 

Feeding the Cake with Rum:

Remove the cake along with the baking paper and place on aluminium foil. Pierce the cake half way through with a chopstick or thick skewer. Around 12 to 15 will suffice. Pour the rum into the holes little at a time, 6 to 8 spoons. Wrap the cake with the baking paper and foil and place it in cupboard for a week. You can do this a couple of times (if you have time). Just before Xmas you can ice the cake or top it up with dry fruits (I have not shown this hear).

Slice the cake and enjoy.

 

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Xmas Cake the Easy Way

Xmas Cake the Easy Way

Ingredients:

600 gms mixed fruit (can obtain from Supermarket in packet)

¾ Cup Chopped Walnuts

¾ Cup standard flour

½ tsp baking powder

1 Egg (beaten)

1 can condensed milk (400 gms)

½ cup water

Method:

Boil the mixed fruit in water for a minute. Keep stirring while it is boiling. Remove and allow to cool.

Mix in a bowl the mixed fruit, the chopped walnuts, the condensed milk and egg. Stir in the flour, previously shifted with the baking powder. Mix well and pour into Cake tin (sized 7 to 8 inches or 18 to 20 cms) lined with baking paper.

Bake in pre-heated oven for 1 hour at 110 degrees fan forced or 135 conventional oven or 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Continue baking for another hour at 110 degrees fan or 125 degrees conventional or 260 degrees Fahrenheit.

Remove and allow to cool.

Butterfly Garlic Prawns

Butterfly Garlic Prawns

Ingredients

20 Tiger Prawns (Butterflied)- see video

Marinate with 1/2 tsp salt, 2 tblsp Olive Oil, juice of one lime, 1 tsp Pepper Powder, cover and place in  refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours or overnight

Butter Garlic Paste

6 tablespoon Butter (salted or unsalted)

1 tsp salt if butter is unsalted

6 cloves garlic – roughly chopped

½ inch ginger – roughly chopped

Few coriander leaves

A little parsley

Above to be ground into paste

Place the butterfly prawns in a baking tray. Drop little of the paste into each of the prawns. Preheat oven 250 degrees and grill the prawns for about 5 minutes. Remove and serve, garnish with parsley or coriander leaves.

 

Xmas Sweets (Kuswar) – Rava (Semolina) Ladoo

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Ingredients:

500 Gms Fine Rava or Semolina

500 gms Castor sugar (powdered )

1 cup Ghee (clarified butter)

1 tsp cardamom powder

¼ tsp Nutmeg Powder

2 spoons raisins

1 Cup Warm Milk

Method:

In a deep pan fry the Rava (Semolina), add sugar and keep frying till brown. Add the cardamom and nutmeg powder. Remove into a vessel or large tray.

Heat ¾ of the ghee and fry the raisins slightly. Add to mixture. Mix well.

Add Warm milk and form ladoos. Grease your palm with ghee to form the ladoos.

Store in air tight containers.

Xmas Sweets (Kuswar) – Kokis

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Ingredients:

250 Gms Maida or Standard Flour (do not use self-raising flour)

4 tblsp Rice Flour

2 Eggs

¼ tsp Nutmeg Powder

4 cups Thick Coconut Milk ( Canned Coconut Milk can be used)- as required

Salt to taste (1 Tsp), water & sugar (3 tbsp)

Kokis Mold

Oil for deep frying

Method:

Mix all the ingredients and coconut milk to form a thickish batter ( not as thick as dosa and not as thin as Pancake(panpole)).

Heat the oil and place the head of the mold in the hot oil. When the oil is hot, remove the mold and dip in the batter. Do not cover the top – only upto the sides. Keep for 15 secs and then remove and dip back in hot oil. Do a couple of dip down and up movements so that the kokis seperates from the mold.

Fry on both sides until golden brown and remove onto perforated vessel or paper towels. When cool store in water tight containers.

You get around 50 kokis with this quantity of flour.

Xmas Sweets (Kuswar) – Chaklies or Murukku

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Ingredients:

1 Kilo Rice Flour

100 gms Urid Dhal Flour (lightly Roasted)

1 Spoon Sesame Seeds (lightly roasted)

2.5 tbls hot oil or 100 gms of Melted Butter

1 Spoon Ajwain or Ovam

1 Spoon Chilli Powder

1.5 tsp salt

½ Tsp Asafoetida or Hing

Water for Dough

Oil for deep frying

Method:

Mix all the ingredients and form a dough. Keep aside for two hours. Using a form press (chakli form) press spirals onto newspapers or butter paper.

Heat oil and deep fry the chaklies. The dough can be pressed directly into oil. Remove and allow to cool before storing in air tight containers.

Xmas Sweets (Kuswar) – Kulkuls or Kidiyo

 

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Ingredients:

375 Gms Maida or Standard Flour (do not use self-raising flour)

125 gms Butter or Margarine

Salt to taste (use less if using salted butter), water & sugar (1 tbsp)

Kulkuls mold or fork or clean hair comb.

Oil for deep frying

Method:

Mix the maida and butter till the flour looks like bread crumbs. Add salt, water & Sugar and form a dough. Make small balls and then form kulkuls using the mold or fork or clean comb. While making the kulkuls apply a little oil to the mold so the dough does not stick. Ensure that the edges of the Kulkuls are not loose otherwise they will come apart while frying.

Deep fry the Kulkuls till they become light brown. When you drop them in a perforated vessel you should hear a thickish sound (thud).

Sugar Coating (optional)

75 gms sugar

¾ cup water

Heat both in a vessel till it becomes a sticky mixture. When the mixture starts becoming thick add the kulkuls and mix thoroughly. Remove from fire and spread into a tray and allow to cool. Store into airtight containers.