Soak Dried Fruits for Xmas Cakes   Leave a comment

If you are like me Christmas is your favorite holiday.  I enjoy family, friends and food (Three Fs). I, especially, look forward to making Belizean black fruit cake.  I love fruit cake so much that 6 to 8 weeks before Christmas I start to soak the dried fruits for the cake. Here’s how I do it:

Dried Fruit 
  • 1lb of dried raisins
  • 1lb of dried cherries chopped
  • 1/2lb of dried currants
  • 1/2 lb dried pineapple chopped
  • 1/2lb dried dates chopped
  • 1/2lb dried apricots chopped
  • 1/2lbs pecans chopped
  • 1/2lbs of walnuts chopped
  • 1 Orange or lemon/lime peel chopped
  • 1 Ginger peel chopped
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
Soak
2 – 3 cups dark rum
1/2 cup Water
1/2 cup of sugar
  1. Chop into small pieces the cherries, dates, pineapple, ginger, orange peel, pecan and walnut.
  2. Mix all the dried fruits and nuts together,
  3. Pour in rum and water.
  4. Add sugar and cinnamon sticks.
  5. Put this mixture into an airtight container and keep it on your kitchen counter (Don’t refrigerate)
  6. You need to mix it every other day or at least once a week.
  7. After six-eight weeks your fruits are ready.
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Posted November 14, 2011 by belizecuisine in Desserts, Sides

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