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Soaking Dried Fruit 101

How to soak fruits for your Christmas Cake? What kind of fruits to use? How long should you soak them for? This recipe will help you prepare for your Christmas Cake, all you need is a few ingredients.
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Cake, Dessert, Pudding
Cuisine French
Servings 600 gm


  • Large bowl
  • Spatula
  • Glass jar/ Mason jar


  • 60gm Black raisins
  • 50gm Sultanas
  • 50gm Golden raisins
  • 50gm Dates
  • 40gm


  • 30gm Candied peel (orange)
  • 40 gm Dried cranberries
  • 50 gm Stem ginger optional
  • 300ml Alcohol
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Salt a pinch


  • To make the mixed fruit. clean and wash the fruit, let it dry on a paper towel until completely dried.
  • Pit the dates, chop the apricots and any of the fruit that isn’t uniform in size.
  • Add all the ingredients in to an air tight glass jar and using a spoon try to stir the fruit around. Ensure the jar is air tight as this will help seal the flavor into the bottle allowing 
nothing to escape.
  • Ideally you let the fruits soak up the liquid at least 24 hours before using it in any 
  • This can stay for years if stored well so be mindful and know that the effort it takes to 
make this is a one time affair.
  • You can use it in many recipes once the fruit has soaked up all the lovely juices.


  • If you don’t have stem ginger you can use a little fresh ginger that has been grated into the mixture. Or you could even leave it out.
  • If you don’t have the time to wait for 24 hours to let the fruit soak, gently heat the liquid in a sauce pot and your over the fruit. While still warm transfer to an air tight jar and cover. The heat will help the fruit hydrate faster.