Soaking fruit for Christmas cake and pudding..

(4 Posts)
Riotgrrrl Fri 14-Dec-12 11:22:43

Hi

Just about to start preparing dried fruit (a bit late this year!), I wanted to soak the fruit but this year don't really want to use rum or brandy as pregnant and it will only worry me! (not likely to cause fas, I know but will panic)

Any suggestions as to what to do instead?

jennimoo Fri 14-Dec-12 12:29:54

Water! Or orange/ apple juice. I suggest microwaving to speed up the soaking process...

prettybird Fri 14-Dec-12 12:37:31

You're not the only one who's late. I've literally just put my cake in the oven.

I'd suggest using apple or orange juice, maybe with a good slug of vanilla essence. A quick blast in the microwave will also help accelerate the soaking process.

rockinhippy Fri 14-Dec-12 13:36:49

The Rochester Ginger wine (non alcholic) you buy in health food stores is also a great alternative, I mix it with rum & spices & keep a big kilner jar of fruit & nuts soaking all year, so I always have some ready - but I wouldn't worry too much about the alcohol, the heat from cooking burns it off & you are just left with the flavour, not the alcohol, same with if you pour your rum or brandy soak over the cake & then leave in a low oven - it not only speeds up the soaking, but makes it non alcoholic too

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