I don't want to miss out on the opportunity of making delicious desserts just because i dont have an alternative.

True, brandy is the traditional spirit to add to Christmas cake, but in terms of flavour I can't help feeling others would do just as well, if not better – madeira, say, or even port. A cake made without alcohol will not keep as well as one that is made and then fed with alcohol, so we would suggest that you do not make the cake more than one month in advance of eating. Give the cake 2 doses of this syrup one week apart and serve the cake within a month. I don't want to feed with brandy this year either but I'm not sure if 1. As such, a Christmas cake can be light or dark, or yeast-free, crisp, moist or sticky and wet, heavy or soft, almost round or rectangular and decorated with all sorts of fillings and icings. Grape juice is a good alternative to brandy. Cooking sherry can be replaced with sherry wine. You can find non-alcoholic extracts online or in specialty food stores. Make a decoction using two Assam or Darjeeling tea bags in a cup of hot water and use as a soaker. The cake is popular in Jamaica and throughout the English-speaking Caribbean, and has its roots in the region’s Colonial heritage. Non – alcoholic substitute – Hot black tea can be used to soak the dried fruits. This post is a detailed guide on How To Soak Fruits for Christmas Fruit Cake. Traditional cakes would be fed with Brandy or a similar spirit – the alcohol helps to preserve the cake.

If your recipe doesn't call for much brandy, I agree with PazzoNico, just omit it. Hi! I highly recommend you to read the tips section below to find out the variations in dry fruits and nuts, and also the notes section for critical points to be considered while baking a fruit cake. I know it's meant to be made months in advance and fed with brandy but last year I made it the week before and fed with fresh orange juice daily and it was lovely. The … Therefore, if you replace the brandy with any liquid that is largely water, you are going to end up with a slightly tougher/chewier cake. i wondered if there is an alternate substance to use instead of liquer in desserts like tiramisu and certain ice creams as I don't use alcohol at all. – ESultanik Sep 27 '11 at 15:13 People seem to have taken this question as a statement that I specifically don't have alcohol and don't want alcohol in the recipe. For folks, who would have missed soaking nuts for 2 months and want to make the cake instantly, they may boil the nuts in a mixture of honey and fresh orange juice till the juice reduces to half.

Please help with suggestions. Or just find a different recipe that doesn't use an alcoholic ingredient. You should also look up/borrow from a public library any recent Alan Dunn book because he has a recipe for a very moist fruitcake without any alcohol that can be baked just a week before the event. Adding too much non-alcoholic liquid, however, may have the opposite effect. Rum - Replace two tablespoons of rum with one-half to one teaspoon of rum extract (alcoholic), or mix white grape juice, pineapple juice, apple juice, apple cider or water with a small amount of almond extract. So if you would like to feed the cake I recommend using a very small amount of a sugary liquid, with some extra flavours added.

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