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Experienced bakers, please: 1st time doing Xmas cakes. Do I need a pan of water (not real bain marie) on lower rack?

Am baking hefty Xmas cake in two loaf tins. Never made recipe. Suddenly got afraid of wasting all those costly ingredients on cakes that dry out. Water on lower rack sprang to mind. Am I correct to do it? In oven now; I'll google around if nobody is answering.

asked by sydney 8 months ago

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drbabs

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added 8 months ago

What is Xmas cake?

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added 8 months ago

Fruitcake

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drbabs

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added 8 months ago

I've looked at a bunch of recipes and I don't see anyone putting water in the oven. The most important thing to make sure it doesn't dry out is to take it out as soon as the tester doesn't have crumbs on it. Painting it with syrup after it comes out of the oven will probably help with moisture, too. Here's a recipe with a rum syrup that might work for you:
http://www.saveur.com/best...

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added 8 months ago

Thanks, Barbara :-) I'm watching carefully. Glad to hear you didn't run across any bains maries. A boozy syrup is a great idea if anything goes awry. I got the first-time jitters when it went into the oven!

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drbabs

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added 8 months ago

I don't blame you! Kitchen Butterfly is an experienced baker. Here is her recipe with tips for storing it after baking: https://food52.com/recipes...

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added 8 months ago

Thanks, Barbara, was great to see Kitchen Butterfly's recipe. I went through lots of recipes before I settled on Serious Eats' version http://www.seriouseats... and I made some dried fruit AND candied fruit in preparation (plus buying lots more, plus nuts, plus booze...). Fruitcake is NUTS!

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drbabs

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added 8 months ago

What a lot of work. I hope they turn out well.

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added 8 months ago

Barbara, They did work out well and are delicious. I recommend this recipe. Very moist, gingerbready cake, and the spices, fruit, booze pile on the flavours. Plus no Radioactive Red or Garish Green commercial cherries :-) Cheers!

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drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added 8 months ago

Oh, that's wonderful. I'm so happy for you.

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