Sunday, December 25, 2011

Plum Cake/Fruit Cake

Hi friends!Happy Christmas to all........this is my first attemp to bake plum cake or fruit cake.Happy that it came out so well and all liked it so much!!!!!!!!So thought will post it today because theres no christmas without plum cake.

Now to the recipe:


2 1/4C All purpose flour
1 1/2C Butter room temp
1 1/4C Powdered sugar
5 Eggs room temp
1 1/2tsp Baking powder
1/4tsp Baking soda
A pinch of salt
1/2 to 1C Caramel syrup
1/2 tsp Vanilla essence
1/2tsp Cinnamon powder
1/2tsp Cardamom powder
2 Cloves
1/4tsp Nutmeg powder
2 to 3C Dry fruits and nuts(cashews,black currants,raisins,cherries etc)
2C Fresh orange juice for soaking the fruits and nuts
Icing sugar for dusting


1.Seive the dry ingredients(flour,baking powder,baking soda and salt) and keep aside.
2.Seperate egg yolks and whites.
3.Powder the sugar along with spices.
4.Caramalize 1/2 to 3/4 c sugar till dark brown be carefl not to burn the sugar.
5.Add 1/2 C hot water to this cramelized sugar.This should be done very slowly otherwise the hot bubbles may burn your hand.
6.Keep this aside.
7.Now beat the egg whites till stiff peaks appears.
8.Now beat the egg yolks and sugar in another bowl till very creamy.
9.Add softened butter to this and beat well.
10.Add the caramelized sugar syrup to this egg and butter mixture.

11.Toss the soaked fruits and nuts to the flour mixture.
12.Fold in this flour and nuts mixture to the butter mixture very slowly.
13.After the flour is mixed well fold in the egg whites slowly to this.
14.Pre heat the oven at 200 degree C for 10 to 15 mins.
15.Grease the cake tins and line it with butter paper.
16.Pour the batter to the prepared tins.
17.Bake at 180 degree for 45 mins to 1 hr or till the tester comes out clean.
18.It took almost 1hr for me.
19.Cool the cakes in tin for 20 mins and then remove from the tins.
20.Allow the cakes to cool completely sprinkle the icing sugar on the cakes.
21.slice and serve.


1.Soak the fruits in orange juice for atleast one week.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Beef Roast

This is an famous kerala dish.This was my guest post bonjour series at jabeen's corner.Will go to the recipe.


Beef 1kg
shallots 1c
onions 2 big
tomato 1 big
garlic 1 bulb
ginger 1 big pc
green chillies 3 no:s
red chilly powder 1
tspturmeric powder 1/2 tsp
coriander powder 2tsp
Garam masala 1tsp
pepper powder 1 tsp
fennel seeds powder 2tsp
Fried coconut pieces 1/2c (optional)
coconut oil
curry leaves
coriander leaves


1.Cook the beef with half chilly powder and turmeric powder and salt in a pressure cooker till done.
2.In a pan heat coconut oil and add sliced shallots and onions.
3.When this becomes brown add ginger garlic paste.
4.Saute well and add the powders and mix well.
5.Now add the sliced tomatoes and mix well till the tomatoes are soft.
6.Put the cooked beef into thos masala and mix well.
7.Roast till all the water evapourates and becomes dark brown.
8.Add little coconut oil in between the roasting.
9.If addind fried coconut pieces add at this point.
10.Add curry leaves and coriander leaves.
11. Serve hot with chappathis or parotta.
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