Christmas Fruit Cake

Feeling festive yet? No, then try this Christmas Fruit Cake, this rich aromatic cake will surely raise your festive spirit. As I recollect my oldest most memory of Christmas, fruitcake has always been there. I like fruitcake all year round, but it tastes special when I bake it in my house, surrounded by my family. In the winter, the warm flavor of cinnamon, orange, nuts and dry fruits create the most magical scent.

This recipe will make a 4-pound cake. I like to use dry fruits, soaked in brandy, which is optional. This time, I soaked them for one month. It took me 3 hours to bake the cake on 300 F. Let’s go through the ingredients.

All purpose flour- 275g

Butter- 275g

Brown sugar- 275g

Egg-5

Ground Almond- 75g

Nuts- Cashew, Pistachio, Walnut- 80g

Orange zest and juice of freshly squeezed orange juice.

Spices- Ground Cinnamon-1 and half teaspoon, ground cloves- 1 teaspoon, ground dry ginger- 1 teaspoon, ground nutmeg- 1 teaspoon.

Roughly one and a half cups of dry fruit soaked in 3/4 cups of Brandy. The dry fruits I used- red cherry, dates, dried apricots, black raisins, candied ginger, candied orange peel, tutty- fruity.

Now the mixing-

In the first step, I whisked the softened butter and brown sugar. Then I add the eggs, one by one, mixed it until I got the smooth texture.

Then I add the ground almond, spices and orange zest, mixed them lightly. Then I sieved the flour, and incorporate nicely with the mixture.

In the next step, I add the freshly squeezed orange juice.

Then I add the nuts and dry fruits, and I folded them with a spatula.

The batter is ready. I buttered a 9-inch loaf pan. Then I cover the inside of the pan with parchment paper, leaving some extra paper on the sides to pull up the cake later.

Baking time- This is going to be a rich dense cake, so baking with low temperature and for a longer time will bake the cake perfectly or the outside of the cake would be burnt and inside would be raw.

My Cake was ready after 3 hours and then I kept it in the pan until it cooled down completely.

Next step is to cut it slice by slice. And then I like to store it in an airtight container. Feeding the cake- It is optional. Sometimes instead of cutting it right away, I store the cake in the airtight container and poke some holes, and feed the cake with brandy or orange juice. This feeding time can be deferred from 1-2 weeks. This process will make the fruitcake more moist and flavourful.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE

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Winter Holiday Party Looks

     It’s Party Time, yes, winter holidays are here. Christmas Eve, New Year Eve, lots of occasions, party, and so, in this last week before Christmas, we better prepare ourselves to celebrate the last few days of 2018. I gathered these party looks, based on the trending winter fashions. I categorized them in 5 different party looks – Hollywood, White Christmas, Glittery Glam, Classy Little Black Dress look and Casual Party looks. 

  1. Hollywood Glam Look- Hollywood themed party is very popular, and so does the Hollywood red carpet looks. A red long gown with a red high heel will definitely look super glamorous. With the proper accessories and lots of attitudes, you will surely pull out your inner superstar.
  2. White Christmas Look- Pure and simply elegant looks. White is always a bright festive color. White lace princess cut, flowy Empire Waist or white sheath dresses, you can’t go wrong with these glam white dresses.
  3. Glittery Sparkly Look- The more the better, specially when it’s Christmas time. Glitter is one of the super hot trends i.e. going on now. And at this festival time, anybody will sparkle with these dresses.
  4. Little Black Dress- The classic, elegant yet so stylish. Wear these our favorite LBD in your office parties or formal gatherings. And if you want to spice it up a little bit, then pair up your LBDs with a glittery sequenced golden or silver jacket. Voila, you are ready to rock.
  5. Casual Holiday Party Look- Casual but trendy, vibrant colors, perfect for any type of body shapes. Accessories with big earrings, sparkly eye makeup and stylish clutches, and you are all set for winter parties.

Enjoy the festival time. 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS.


Christmas Art For Kids

“Do you want to make a snowman?” Like Elsa and Anna, we all like to create fun stuff. Especially around this time of the year, kids can create so many interesting and creative arts. Here, in my home also, my kids love to engage with different types of holiday-themed arts and crafts. Well, every year gingerbread house would be the main attraction, they start to decorate it, but then within a few minutes, they lose their patience. So, this year instead of a gingerbread house, I bought ready to decorate gingerbread cookies and besides that’s my kids created some easy to do Christmas arts, inspired from Pinterest. Here are some easy holiday fun activities that can be done at home.

Print the holiday-themed art from online and then kids can paint them. Or you can draw the kids’ hand’s outline and cut the art paper and make paper reindeer’s horns. Next is to make a snowman with paper dollies. With some cotton balls, glue, and markers kids can make holiday penguin.

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This year, my daughter drew her favorite Elf, Starlight.

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6f1045ad-8224-434a-b696-a385d719ddc8This is a nice way to use the simple paper plate and turn into a Christmas tree:

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