It’s hard to believe it’s time to plan Christmas baking once again. I’ve scheduled my cookie bake-off this weekend just in time for sharing during the holiday festivities.
I’m all about hostess gifts from the kitchen. It’s a lovely gesture that comes from the heart and you can never go wrong with bringing food to a party!
Not only amazing in this cake, but try garam masala in your spiced holiday cookies, fruit cake and my favourite – hot chocolate!
The savoury Indian spice blend really compliments any sweet with fruit, rum or dark chocolate—think of a salted caramel or dark chocolate with chili–it’s a similar combination.
This Holiday Garam Masala Spiced Cake makes a great hostess gift or can be served at your next Christmas or holiday dinner party. The recipe makes enough for a bundt pan with a little batter leftover, which I easily popped into a parchment-lined loaf pan.
Holiday Garam Masala Spiced Cake
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar (or jaggery)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 ¾ cup flour
2 tbsp. cocoa powder
2 tbsp. Arvinda’s Garam Masala
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
½ cup golden raisins, soaked in 2 tbsp. amaretto or spiced rum
¾ cup milk
¼ cup yogurt
¼ cup dates (to garnish on top of loaf pan)
Method: Grease a bundt pan. There will be leftover batter—in that case, set aside a loaf pan as well. Preheat oven to 325F.
In a large bowl, cream butter with sugar. Beat in eggs. Add vanilla.
In a separate bowl sift together flour, cocoa, Arvinda’s Garam Masala, baking powder and baking soda. Fold into wet ingredients. Add soaked raisins.
Mix in milk. Fold in yogurt. Pour batter into cake pans.
Bake in oven for 45 minutes. Insert a knife into middle of cake and if it comes out clean remove from oven. Bake until fully cooked.
Have you started your holiday baking yet? Do you have any “gifts from the kitchen” which you give out every year?
A teaspoon of: Noel Gallagher. Listening to: The Death Of You And Me.