Christmas is one of the most widely celebrated festivals around the world. Christmas dry fruit cake is not as old as Christmas, but it is becoming increasingly popular these days. It is actually an English tradition that started as plum porridge. After a day of fast people used to eat porridge to line their stomach and soon spices, dry fruits and honey were added to the porridge. Later in the 16th century, oatmeal from the porridge was replaced with wheat flour and butter and to hold the mixture, eggs were added to create a boiled plum cake. Richer families started using ovens for creating fruit cakes with marzipan and also added almond sugar paste to it to give it a smoother taste for Easter. They made a similar cake for Christmas using seasonal dried fruits and spices. Thus, the cake they formed was known as Christmas cake.
There are several varieties of Christmas cakes available now. You can make it at home; buy it online or in the market. You can find a moist, heavy, dark, leavened, unleavened and spongy Christmas cake. Moreover, they can be made in different shape with glazing, frosting or dusting of confectioners’ sugar on top of it.
Another traditional cake made using Scottish Whisky Dundee is also famous. It is a crumbly cake with raisins, cherries, currants and Scottish whisky. Other Christmas cakes includes mincemeat cake, and apple crème cake. The apple cream cake is made using apple, some other fruit, and raisins, cheese, whipping cream and eggs. The mincemeat cake is made with traditional vegetarian mincemeat or mincemeat, eggs, flour, etc. the cake can also be steamed as a pudding.
People make Christmas cakes in advance so that they can sit and enjoy eating it along with their family on Christmas Eve. Many people even make them in November and keep the cake upside down in an airtight container. They add to it a small amount of whisky, brandy, sherry into the holes of the cake every week until Christmas. The process is known as feeding the Christmas cake. It gives a smooth, rich and strong taste to it.