BM# 63: Journey through the Cuisines
Week 4: Kerala Cuisine
Day 24: X for Xmas Fruit Cake
I was thinking of doing a post like xplore Malabar cuisine, xperience Kerala sadya or something on those lines. I even asked Rajani for her input and she said try a sadya meal by making dishes over couple of days. I was tempted but the amount of work involved seemed too tedious and with the husband traveling, it was way too much food for just me. It is one of my dream meal to make in my lifetime.
After ruling out all my options, I was getting desperate to find something to cook for today. Then the past weekend this Kerala X-mas Cake came to my mind and you can imagine my excitement for coming up with this — I patted myself more than a few times 🙂
This recipe is from Nag’s blog. The good thing about this plum cake is that the dry fruits don’t have to be soaked ahead of time and that was perfect for me since I didn’t have much time. Only difficult part of the dish was making the caramel — I was worried that I will burn it. But thankfully it turned out great and the slight bitterness of the caramel offsets the sweetness in the cake and gives the cake a beautiful color.
It feels strange making Christmas cake this time of the year, but now that I tried it, I’m definitely going to make this cake again during holiday season. Fruit Cake turned out so soft and absolutely delicious.
My dry fruits settled in the bottom despite dusting them with flour. May be I didn’t drench them enough, so make sure to drench the dry fruits really well.
Recipe adapted from Nag’s CookingandMe: