With the festive Christmas season just round the corner, Flurys the legendary tea room recently organized the annual Cake Mixing Ceremony with tradition and fanfare. Renowned music band Cactus and 20 kids from NGO New Light joined in, to usher the season of festivities on Monday, November 2.
An array of fruits, including raisins, glazed red cherries, orange peel, tutti-frutti, black currants, dates, dried apricots, figs and prunes and nuts like walnuts, cashew, almond flakes and pistachio, besides spices like ground cardamom, cinnamon and cloves are poured into a huge cauldron along with endless bottles of spirits and syrups, like golden syrup, molasses, honey, and vanilla essence.
“The traditional Christmas fruit mixing well and truly heralds the start of the festive season. When you smell the warm aromas of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg and see the lusciously soaked blackcurrants, sultanas, figs and prunes, the immediate thought of the most widely celebrated festival of the world, Christmas comes to mind. Also for the baker, the fruit mixing signifies the start of the busiest period of the entire year, and by far, when batches upon batches of baked festive goods are produced and sold”
Chef Vikas Kumar (Executive Chef – Flurys).
Mixing the ingredients is not all that simple. It is an art in itself because the ingredients are mixed from ‘East to West’ (as is the path of the Sun). Once that is done, the mix is put into airtight bags and left to mature for a fortnight after which it is baked.
There was a lot of fun in the air when the mixing happened, and now, we cannot wait for Christmas to come!
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