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Recipe for family meals :

Christmas Cake

This is one of the recipes that has been provided by Vandana who is very much a keen cook of Indian dishes. Hopefully there will be more to come!

I asked Vandana for a little background information:

"I live in Pune, India. I am a South Indian so many of my recipes are from that area. I enjoy cooking and my family and friends do say that it is appetizing! By profession I am a Relocation Consultant and the India head of an International Charity. I hope that covers the introduction".


1 cup plain flour
1 cup chopped nuts and glace fruits
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup ghee*
1 tbs cooca powder
1 tbs golden syrup
1 tsp rose water
1 tsp orange essence
1/2 tsp nutmeg powder
1/2 tsp cardomom powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 cup rum
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 eggs

*Available in any Indian grocery shop


  • Sieve plain flour with cocoa, spice powders and baking powder and baking soda.
  • Beat ghee and brown sugar until fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  • Mix rum, essence, rose water and orange juice.
  • Fold in the flour mixure and rum mixure alternately until well mixed.
  • Bake in a greased and floured 8 inch tin at 180°C for 30 - 35 minutes.

Makes 1 cake