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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24 thoughts on “Eggless Fruit cake with buttermilk”
Hoooooooooooo wow I want a slice Rajani. Its beautiful and soft and tempting.
Love that beautiful color and cake looks soft and very tempting……
Woow.. sinful cake!! spongy and fluffy!!. Can feel the freshness of your cake..
another beautiful cake Rajani…you are soon becoming a master caker
Nice reading your thoughts that you penned during winter..and the cake looks so stunning..wish there was a slice for us to enjoy as well..:)
Oh yea, this post is special! The cake has turned out so well and lovely color too…
Simply love the color of the cake! Looks so good :)
Cake has turned out awesome Rajani. Felt like I was there with you while you narrated…
This looks so spongy and after reading your post vibha is sceptical about doing her masters there. Chennai girl cant face that winter
Once I have settled in Mumbai….definitely I will try. Looks so yummy.!!!
Lovely cake for a cold wintry day!
Wow!!this is one such moist and spongy eggless fruit cake I have seen…looks yummy.
That fruit cake looks so moist and delicious Rajani. Lovely post again.
I second Vaishali. As I read through, I know its Rajani. Nice to know about your first winter in the US. Can’t believe its eggless..so soft and looks like the ones we get in Bakeries. Perfectly done and beautiful pics.
Can smell the flavor of this fruit cake from here, wish i get a slice now.
Buttermilk and baking soda is great substitute for eggs.
That is a very sweet intro. Glad you have decided to come came to the blogging world.
This post is so much Rajani..yes as you read you know it is Rajani…beautiful. The cake looks spongy and soft…needless to say must have been delicious.
wow the aroma of the cake baking is sure to be soothing.. perfect to do on a winter day!!! cake looks delicious..
I can almost feel the aroma of this delicious fruit cake!!! Living that perfect white Christmas something i watch and yearn in movies, though i dont want to live in US, but want to experience that atleast once!!! Someday, in near future, hopefully!!!
Seems like you have pulled thru your first winter here. :)) That cake looks scrumptious enough to try it in my kitchen.
On that cold winter day, your house must have smelt great when the cake was baking with the aroma of all those spices.
That looks scrumptious ! A slice of that cake with a cup of green tea, and I could dream away all winter 😊