Step 1- Caramel stage: For this you will need ¼ cup sugar, 1 tbsp water, ¼ cup warm water, and 1tsp vanilla extract.
- In medium heat, heat ¼ cup of sugar with 1 tbsp of water and keep stirring until the color changes from light brown to dark brown. This would take minimum 15 minutes. Once the color becomes darker, remove the pan and pour ¼ cup warm water. To this add the 1tsp vanilla extract.
Step 2- First Mixing: Bring 1 cup sugar, ¼ lb butter (room temperature), 3 eggs. Blend sugar and butter by adding the eggs one by one.
Step 3- Second Mixing: In a mixing bowl, add 1 cup all- purpose flour, 2 tsp baking powder , ½ tsp salt, 1 tsp spice powders (cinnamon powder, ginger powder, cloves powder, and nut mug powder).
Step 4: Bringing Step 1, 2, and 3 together. Mix flour, salt, baking powder, spice powders, add caramel water and blend well, and add the sugar, butter egg mixture and blend them together.
Step 5: Bringing the nuts and dry fruits together. To the above, add 1 cup of dried fruits (apricots, dates, raisins, cherries, currants, plums, tutty-fruity, etc) and ½ cup of nuts (cashews, almonds, walnuts, etc). Add the fruits to the mixture and add ¼ tsp grated orange or lemon zest.
- I did not use Rum or Brandy, still the taste was unbelievable. You can try with or without alcohol for this recipe.
- In the caramel stage, be careful, while pouring the warm water into the hot content, it might splatter.
- This proportion yields about 20 small pieces.