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Preparation Time : 4320
Cook Time : 45
Total Time : 4365
Ingredients for soaking: fresh orange juice – 1 cup extra for feeding while soaking Dry fruits – 1 cup chopped (Raisin, black raisin, dates, figs, dried Cranberries, Tutti Fruitti) Orange zest – 1 tsp
For the cake : All Purpose Flour – 1 cup Curd – 2 tbsps Butter – 100 gms room temperature Baking Soda – ½ tsp Baking powder – ½ tsp Sugar – ¾ cup Nuts – ½ cup chopped (pistachios, walnut, cashewnuts, almonds) Orange juice – ½ cup Spice powder – 1 tsp (cinnamon, cardamom, star anise and cloves) Vanilla essence – ½ tsp
In a glass jar soak the dry fruits. Make sure the fruits are well immersed in the juice. (I Kept for 3 days)
Add the chopped nuts to the soaked fruit jar just few hours ahead of baking and mix well. Grease a cake pan and preheat the oven @180° for 10 mins
In a mixing bowl add the curd and baking soda, mix well and keep aside for 10 mins.
Sieve the flour, baking powder, spice powder, mix well and keep aside.
In a sauce pan add the sugar and heat till it starts to melt and get a nice brown colour but do not over caramalised the sugar. Turn off and add 1-2 tbsps water and stir well and let it cool down
In the curd mixture add the butter and mix till smooth.
Add vanilla essence, orange juice, caramalised sugar and mix.
.Add the flour mixture and gently fold to make a smooth batter. Add the soaked dry fruits and nuts to the batter and gently fold. Do not over mix the batter. .
Pour the batter into the greased pan and tap the cake pan 2-3 times. Garnish with soaked fruits and nuts. This is optional
Bake for 40-45 mins. A tooth pick inserted should come out clean. Remove from oven, let it cool down, invert, cut and serve.
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