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Fresh fruit in Fruit cake?

burrpenick's picture

Fresh fruit in Fruit cake?

I use mostly dried fruit for my cake, but wanted something green- and not the dyed cherries. A friend used some Kiwi- dried, but I prefer not to buy a bag of that via mail and wanted to just use one Kiwi. Is it OK to just peel/slice and put it in the cake w/the other dried fruits? Should I 'dry' it in the oven first?

thanks, George in Tallahassee


Janna3921's picture

I made a Norwegian Christmas bread and used dried fruit.  One of the problems the bread has was that due to the fruit being dried, it wasn't nice and soft like candied fruit.  I don't like to buy the containers of candied fruit because they taste like crap.  

The dried fruit that I used didn't have cherries in them so I let some drain to use.  They still had moisture in them so they were nice and soft.   Next time I make it I will soak the dried fruit for at lest an hour, probably a lot longer, so it will be softer.  The fruit became hard, like the heat soaked up all the liquid.  

My suggestion is to soak it for a few hours to get them nice and moist before you mix them into the dough.  It tasted good, just the fruit wasn't the nice chewy texture I wanted and had with the dried fruit we eat for a snack.   

burrpenick's picture

My concern was the opposite- used several dry fruits in my last cake and following the direction by coating them in flour and they soaked up the juices w/mixing. I also used some canned pineapple that tasted great, but I was going to try Kiwi- its available dried but I only want a little and its not in my town, so why not just use one fresh Kiwi cut up? Maybe dried some in the oven? Or maybe not? George

Danni3ll3's picture

and it was a hit with all of my friends!

In this recipe they soak the dried fruit in rum overnight and then cook it the next day. 

I love that it uses all real fried fruit and none of the candied stuff. Don’t worry about getting the organic as indicated in the recipe. I didn’t and it still turned out amazing.