How to soak Dried fruits for Christmas Fruitcake
How to soak Dried fruits for Christmas Fruitcake
In western countries the dried fruits are usually soaked in rum or wine for 3 months to one year before making  Christmas cake. If you want to avoid rum or wine you can soak them in orange juice, grape juice or apple juice. When it is soaked in such juice for 12 hours it becomes tender and soft as if soaked in rum or wine.

How to soak Dried fruits for Christmas Fruitcake

As the Christmas is fast approaching this is the time to soak dried fruits and nuts. I hereby give below the recipe for soaking the fruits. You can try this easy recipe and share your comments with me.

How to soak Dried fruits for Christmas Fruitcake
 Here is the quick video

Preparation time                             - 30 minutes
Soaking time                                     - 12 hours
Yield                                                  - 2 cups
Ingredients:
Black dates (seedless)                        - 100 gms
Cherry                                                - 100 gms
Tutti frutti                                          - 100 gms
Black grapes                                    - 100 gms
Dry sweet ginger                             - 50 gms
Sultana                                            - 50 gms
Orange juice                                   - 200 ml
Orange marmalade                         - 3 tablsp
Zest of lemon                                    -1
Zest of orange                                   - 1
Method:
Chop all the dried fruits finely.  Add all the grated dry fruits in a bowl. 
How to soak Dried fruits for Christmas Fruitcake

Grate the zest of lemon using grater. Grate the zest of orange. 

How to soak Dried fruits for Christmas Fruitcake

Add orange juice and orange marmalade and mix well. 

How to soak Dried fruits for Christmas Fruitcake

Soak it for minimum 12 hours in refrigerator.

How to soak Dried fruits for Christmas Fruitcake

Note:
If you want you can soak dried nuts also. I added the nuts freshly for crunchy taste.
You can use  orange or apple or grape juice of your choice. 
Adding orange marmalade is optional. I had so I added it.   
If you want you can use candied peel also. 

How to soak Dried fruits for Christmas Fruitcake



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