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Claire Walker

replace alcohol in christmas cake

Hi,
I know some people will wonder why on earth I want to do this, but, I would like to replace the brandy in a (Delia) Christmas cake recipie with a soft option. Does anyone have any suggestions that will work?
Thanks

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Nausea Bagwash

alcohol in chritmas cake

The usual alternative is milk. You could use orange juice but the acid can sometimes upset the balance of the raising agent. Or what about cold tea? It's commonly used in everyday fruit cakes.

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Claire Walker

Claire

Thanks so much. I'd forgotten all about cold tea. That will do nicely.
Cheerio

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sam from worthing

no alcohol christmas cake

when i make non alcho cakes or puds.

I replace with tea (good honest proper tea - not your fancy earl grey darjeeeling types), fresh apple/orange juice.

but only make at the most 10 days before wishing to eat the cake/pud. and then best eaten within 5 days or so.

as there is no proper "preserving/keeping" what nots in tea/fruit juices.

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Chutney

keeping cakes

Sam, I have to disagree with you about the no alcohol cakes not keeping. I regularly make several dozen large Christmas cakes from July using a bog standard Good Housekeeping celebration cake recipe. I do not add any alcohol as not everybody wants it. I have a label on these cakes saying that they should be stored in an airtight container and fed with brandy if required.

I find that they mature wonderfully and keep well with all the fruit and sugar. You can see a real difference between a freshly made cake and a matured one, and although they are lovely after a short time, they are so much better after a longer time.

Do try it!!!

I did keep one too long once and it went rancid, but that was quite old and gluten free

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sam from worthing

replace alcohol in cristmas cakes

i stand corrected chutney.

i was always under the impression they couldn;t keep even as packed as you describe, for longer than about 20 days from making.

That is really handy advise...i shall write the comments down in delia book.

cos when i have made them in the past for a relative with an issue with alcohol, that what i always told him/them, and they always gobbled the cake up - maybe it was a sublime message to make them eat it up.

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sunshine49

no alcohol

"Sam, I have to disagree with you about the no alcohol cakes not keeping. I regularly make several dozen large Christmas cakes from July using a bog standard Good Housekeeping celebration cake recipe. I do not add any alcohol as not everybody wants it. I have a label on these cakes saying that they should be stored in an airtight container and fed with brandy if required.

I find that they mature wonderfully and keep well with all the fruit and sugar. You can see a real difference between a freshly made cake and a matured one, and although they are lovely after a short time, they are so much better after a longer time.

Do try it!!!

I did keep one too long once and it went rancid, but that was quite old and gluten free"

Hello,
I read your post with interest. I have been making christmes cakes with years without alcohal.Like you mentioned they always tasted great. I was just wondering should I soak the fruit overnight in say orange juice, how much juice should I use? Or is there really any need ?

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Chutney

soaking fruit

Hello Sunshine,

I don't usually bother soaking the fruit and it's fine. The cakes are quite solid.

One customer likes me to soak it for her. For a 7inch square/8inch round cake, I use 1lb 7oz total weight of currants, raisins, sultanas and peel. This is soaked with 50ml OJ. I then add the cherries, almonds, flour etc when it is all folded into the creamed mix.

I find that this cake mix needs more tlc than my basic one. I have to swaddle it in newspapers and brown paper so it doesn't catch. I don't need to do that with my usual recipe. It makes a softer cake, but still keeps fine.

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avante

Alcohol free Christmas cake.

I soak my dried fruit the day before using a 200g tin of pineapple chunks which I blend for a few minutes until the actual pineapple is chopped fine. I add all this to the fruit plus a cup of good regular tea. As I live in India I don't make my cakes early. I don't trust the heat and humidity of Kolkata to treat them kindly but the fruit mix works very well.

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shareen patel

fruit cake recipe

Hi thank you so much for the info you added about fruit cakes lasting with out alcohol. i live in Zimbabwe,have a wedding cake order. she wishes not to have alcohol in her cake. is there any chance of you being kind to give me your alcohol free fruit cake recipe. thank you

 
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