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

This post is a bit late. Very late!

There is a lot happening on personal front which is keeping me on my toes and I have been scheduling posts.

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.

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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Comments

  1. Beautiful colors! I’m sure they are going to be amazing in a cake.
    I still have to soak mines. Late as always! :P

  2. whoa. I’m shocked.
    it’s been a while since we connected, and look at your new blog!!!
    beautiful photos, recipes, modern design, good job!
    I stopped blogging because I just don’t have the time for it, but I’m keeping the blog alive, because, you never know :)
    once again, I’m impressed!

    • Thanks Jasmina. I have been visiting your blog and even left comment for your sudden disappearance from blogging scene! I am glad all’s well with you! It’s ok take a break but as you said keep the blog going. Even I took a break for 1 year during my pregnancy and delivery.

      I would love to see more of your recipes and amazing photography! Once again, thanks and I am glad you like my new look! :)

  3. Useful post and looks colorful :). Thanks for linking and Happy Holidays.

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