I make Jamican rum fruit cakes at Christmas and have some alcohol soaked dried fruits (raisins/currants/candied peel etc) from last December. If they are going to be for a year then skip orange zest and nuts in soaking. D. Edited to add - just another thought - turn the bag of fruit every day while it's absorbing the fluid to enable even absorbtion. This first recipe is for a traditional ‘Make and Mature’ cake. The alcohol should have absorbed a good amount of fruit flavour but the fruit keep enough to be still tasty. This entire fruit soaking process and Christmas Fruit Cake/Pudding baking can be done in three ways. first/ second week of September) and bake the cake five weeks before Christmas (i.e. I've filtered out the spent peach and now have a yellowish, but clear liquid that still smells fruity. Just sample a bit occasionally until you reach the desired state. This soaking is needed to help the dried fruits to rehydrate and become plump and soft, otherwise the cake will be a little dry. So I threw them into some vodka and then totally forgot about them until yesterday. How long to soak. First only follow the traditional way; soak fruits before three months of Christmas (i.e. Moreover, how long can you keep fruit soaked in alcohol? I often buy a kilogram bag of mixed dried fruit and then add a 200g bag of glace cherries. Experts at North Carolina State University, U.S., said illness-causing bacteria is unlikely to grow on a fruit cake, because the alcohol helps kill bacteria and prevent mould. Edited 1 time(s). Nigella's Traditional Christmas Cake recipe (from Nigella Christmas) warms the dried fruits in alcohol then leaves them to soak overnight. Fruit has a long history of being preserved in alcohol, in the 18th century some fruits such as peaches, apricots and cherries simply went by the name “brandy fruits” served as a dessert after a meal. So last year, I had some very ripe, but delicious white peaches that I had to do something with quickly. If using Rum or any alcohol then minimum 2 weeks to maximum year. If you prefer a short period of time like 2 to 3 weeks in alcohol then orange zest and nuts are absolutely fine with other ingredients. How long can I keep alcohol soaked mixed fruits for? last week of November) and mature it by feeding alcohol once a week until Christmas. Don’t use a fruit juice to soak over time as it can ferment or go moldy! I soaked them in dark rum and sherry with a little dark brown sugar, put them in a plastic food container, covered it with cling film and secured the lid. 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