Plum Cake


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Preparation Time: 1 hr   Cooking Time: 1 hr  & nbsp

Ingredients


1/2 kg plain flour (maida)
1/2 kg butter or ghee
1/2 kg powdered sugar
1/4 kg semolina (rava)
15 big sized eggs
1 tsp (level) salt
3 tsp (flat) baking powder
1/2 bottle (each) vanilla essence + banana essence
1 bottle all spice powder
1 nutmeg (jaiphal), scraped
2 dried Pineapple Flowers (Anasee Poo) - powdered
1 small bottle of mixed fruit jam or plum jam
1/2 rum or brandy
1/4 kg white butter to soak Rava
1/4 kg cashewnuts (kaju)
100 gms each of candied peel
raisins (kismis)
black raisins
cherries
crystallized ginger
plums
tutti-frutti
1/4 kg dates (khajur), deseeded

To caramelize sugar for colouring the cake
2 cups sugar
2 cups water

Method


    To Soak Fruits:

    1. Clean all the fruits deseed them & divide them into two parts; divide the cashewnuts into two parts
    2. Mince one part of the fruits & cashewnuts in the mincing machine
    3. And finely cut the other half of the fruits & cashewnuts - now mix both the minced fruits & cashewnut + the cut up fruit & cashewnuts
    4. Put this in a ceramic bow add the rum/brandy + spice powder + scraped nutmeg + the powdered pineapple flower
    5. Mix well cover & leave to soak do this the previous day morning.
    6. Melt the 1/4 kg white butter (if you don''t get white butter use the normal butter - i use lurpak unsalted butter).
    7. Take a bowl put the 1/4 kg rava pour the melted warm butter over it mix well & leave to soak do this the previous day morning.
    8. The next day before you start making the cake cut & grease the butter paper for the base & sides of the cake trays with butter sprinkle a little flour over the greased paper & line the cake trays & keep.
    9. Sieve the maida/baking pwd, & salt & keep aside.
    10. Separate the eggs - beat the yolks well & keep - beat the whites till stiff & keep aside.
    11. To the soaked fruit sprinkle a little flour & toss or mix nicely - this helps the fruit not to sink to the bottom of the cake.
    12. Now take a big mixing bowl put the butter & churn till the butter is light & fluffy,
    13. Add the powdered sugar & continue churning till the grating of the sugar.
    14. Add the soaked rava & continue to churn till the rawa has bloated well, add the beaten egg yolks little at a time & churn till light & fluffy,
    15. Add the jam & the caramelized sugar syrup and mix well.

    To caramelize sugar for colouring the cake.

    1. 2 cups sugar add 2 cups water place on heat & keep on stirring till sugar dissolves & the colour starts changing.
    2. When the colour becomes brown go on adding a little water at a time ( do this 2 or 3 times)till you get a good rich dark brown colour- remove from heat & keep warm.
    3. To check if the cake is done insert a metal skewer into the center of the cake - if the skewer comes out clean - your cake is done - if there is still batter sticking to it lave to bake till done.
    4. Pn: if you plan well - you could soak yr. fruits 6 months in advance & make the cake.


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    This recipe was contributed by Pearlie on 28 Feb 2004


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