How to Soak Dried Fruits, Nuts, Candied Peel for Christmas Cake

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How to Soak Dried Fruits & Nuts for Christmas Cake

How to Soak Dried Fruits & Nuts for Christmas Cake

But never fear there is still time if you haven’t soaked your fruits yet!

It is simple. Easy. Super easy!

How to Soak Dried Fruits & Nuts for Christmas Cake

How to Soak Dried Fruits & Nuts for Christmas Cake

It is best to soak the fruits and nuts atleast 3 months in advance. I soaked them about 6 weeks in advance. It is my resolution every year to soak them 12 months in advance but I have been failing.

The choice of liquor is entirely upto you. I soaked them last year in Brandy and this year I chose to soak them in Black Rum.

The ball-park ratio for dried fruits & nuts to liquor i.e. 2:1 – 2 part nuts & fruits and 1 part liquor.

How to Soak Dried Fruits & Nuts for Christmas Cake

How to Soak Dried Fruits & Nuts for Christmas Cake

For non-alcoholic version, soak the chopped fruits and nuts in orange or apple juice overnight in a refrigerator. The non-alcoholic cake should be consumed fast.

Check out posts for making Candied Citrus Peel or Candied Ginger

Soak Dried Fruits, Nuts, Candied Peel for Christmas Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: soaked fruits and nuts for single 8-inch cake

Soak Dried Fruits, Nuts, Candied Peel for Christmas Cake

A quick and easy guideline for soaking dried fruits and nuts for Christmas cake.

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups - Candied Citrus Peel, Candied Ginger, Dried Fig, Almonds, Dried Apricot, Raisins, Walnuts, Dates, Cherries, Tutti-fruity, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1 Cup - Black Rum, Old Monk

Instructions

  1. Chop all the dried fruits and nuts into bite sized pieces. I didn't measure each nut/ fruit separately, I made sure that I had 2 Cups of chopped dried fruits & nuts.
  2. Place all chopped fruits & nuts into an air-tight storing container. I used air-tight glass jars.
  3. Pour the alcohol of your choice. Mix well.
  4. Seal the jar and keep in a cool, dark and dry place. Shake the jar gently, every few days to incorporate and develop flavor well.
  5. Use when ready to bake the cake.

Notes:

It is best to soak the fruits and nuts atleast 3 months to a year in advance.

The choice of liquor is entirely upto you.

The estimate ratio for dried fruits & nuts to liquor i.e. 2:1 – 2 part nuts & fruits and 1 part liquor.

For non-alcoholic version, soak the chopped fruits and nuts in orange or apple juice overnight in a refrigerator. The non-alcoholic cake should be consumed fast.

http://lemoninginger.com/2013/12/06/how-to-soak-dried-fruits-nuts-candied-peel-for-christmas-cake/

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