This one straight from the drafts. I tried posting this for December, but again it sat there until now :-). I am publishing it as it is, because there is something about it that I don’t want to change.
I have been away for such a long time that its almost feels like starting from scratch again. Everything is vaguely familiar and slightly strange at the same time.
We are all happy, healthy and doing well. The child is settled down at the school, I am settled in my ‘new home’ and the man is doing fine. He never really had settling down issues to begin with(Men!!).
The weather in US is cold like I have never known before, plunging to zero degree centigrade and sometimes even below that. But they tell me that it might plunge even further..which makes what we are having now sound a lot better. I am dressed like a polar bear with layers and layers of clothing… so yes! I am ready to face the harsh winter.
Cold as it is, there is something to look forward to. Its Christmas and you just feel happy. This time of the year is extra special for me because my mom, son and my husband all celebrate their birthdays with in a span of five days from Christmas.
There is going to be a lot of cakes coming out of the oven, but lets start with a simple fruit cake like the one below. Go on and check out the recipe, its from Joy of Baking, so it’s fool proof.
Recipe adapted from : Joy of Baking
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2/3 cup sugar
- a pinch salt
- 1 tsp each allspice, ground cinnamon, grated nutmeg
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup (~100 gms) butter, melted
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup dates
- Preheat oven to 325F/165 C. Grease and line a 9 inch loaf pan.
- Coat the dates with 1/2 cup flour and then coarsely chop the dates.
- In a large bowl, add the date-flour mix. Add the remaining one cup flour and rest f the dry ingredients (sugar, salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and baking soda). Stir well. Add the raisins (and any other dried fruits, if using) as well.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the buttermilk, melted butter and vanilla extract.
- Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing well until everything is combined.
- Pour this into the prepared pan, smooth the top and bake for about 50-55 minutes or until a skewer when inserted in the middle of the cake comes free of crumbs.
- Once its baked, let it cool before slicing and serving.
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