Everyone has their to-do list of recipes for Christmas and new year. For me, this year it was the Fruit cake. Fruit cake is a combination of nuts, dried fruits, spices and enough cake batter to hold all of it together. It has different versions especially in united states, where you find different rich versions also, like some may be iced and decorated. If you look back into history, the earliest recipe would list Pomegranate seeds, pine seeds, pine nuts and raisins. Even at that time it was mixed with barley. Also you will find that, at some times honey spices, and fruits with preservatives were added. In India, Fruit cake is a rich dense cake packed with dry fruits and nuts flavored with spices usually made during Christmas. In India, this is found everywhere during Christmas season, although it is also available commonly throughout the year.
This fruit cake is packaged with raisins, dried cranberries, dried apricots, and candied fruit, dark Rum, Nuts are also included as Caramel Or Butterscotch Syrup. Fruit cakes should be made about three to four weeks before Christmas so that you can brush it with alcohol several times and allow the flavors to mingle. But that's not a mandatory step to do, Many people do like the flavor of Alcohol in cake, its up to your choice. Last not the least, this cake can be frozen so it's a very good idea to make two of this and freeze one for later part of the year.