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alcohol free christmas fruit cake

Easy Irish Style Boiled Whole Wheat Christmas Fruit Cake { Alcohol Free} With Pomegranate Molasses

Easy Irish style boiled fruit cake made with part whole wheat
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 1 loaf

Recipe Ingredients

Cake batter

  • Whole wheat flour : 1 cup
  • Salt : 1/4 tsp
  • Baking Soda : 1/2 tsp
  • Baking Powder : 1 tsp
  • Brown Sugar / demerara / muscovado : 1/2 cup
  • Eggs : 3 as eggs here are small in size
  • Pomegranate Molasses homemade : 60 ml
  • Spices mix of Cinnamon powder , nutmeg powder, clove powder, ground ginger or Pumpkin Pie Spice : 2 tsp +
  • Butter : 1/4 cup or 60 gm softened at room temperature
  • Vanilla extract : 1 tsp
  • Boiling water

Dried fruit & nuts

  • Dates chopped into small pieces : 6 piece
  • Dried Prunes chopped into small pieces : 6 pieces
  • Blanched almonds cut into slivers : a handful (1/2 cup) + whole almonds for decoration
  • Dried fruit mix Dried apples, pineapples, figs, raisins, sultanas, papaya, strawberries, candied orange peel : 150 gm
  • Crystallized or candied ginger : around 10 pieces
  • Confectioner sugar for dusting the cake

Recipe Instructions

  1. Before starting out or the baking , let the butter and eggs come at room temperature naturally by placing them on the counter top of your kitchen.
  2. In a deep bottom vessel, bring brown sugar, butter, pomegranate molasses, spices and water to a rapid boil. Add all the dried fruit mix except dates, prunes and almonds.
  3. Lower the heat and let it simmer on low heat for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Switch off the heat, leave the mixture in the pan and let it cool sufficiently till most of the liquid get absorbed by the fruit mix.
  5. When ready to use, add the lightly beaten eggs and vanilla to it.
  6. Followed by sifted flour mix ( sift the flour in another bowl with salt, baking powder, baking soda).
  7. Mix well and thoroughly till you get a semi solid mass. The batter will look like dough but with enough mobility.
  8. Pour in the batter into the prepared loaf pan 9*5*3 in (collar and line the loaf pan with parchment paper) .
  9. Level it up with the help of spatula.
  10. Decorate it with the blanched whole almonds.
  11. Bake in a preheated oven at 160 C for 50 minute or until the skewer inserted comes out clean.
  12. Let the cake cools down to room temperature in the pan itself.
  13. Once it is completely cooled down, poke several holes with the fine needle or skewer and infuse it with freshly squeezed orange juice (no sugar) .
  14. Wrapped the cake well with a clean kitchen towel (cloth) and leave it in dark corner on the counter for few hours.
  15. Once the cake is cut into slices, store it in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

You must have noticed the cracks on top of the fruit cake. To prevent this do not place the cake too high on your oven. I forget to shift the racks.
This cake will taste good if you let it matured for three days
If you are using whole wheat flour, then I will suggest to sift the flour alone at least three times. This will make the cake airy and not too dense as expected from the whole wheat flour.