September 23, 2018

Christmas Fruit Cake Mixing Festivity Marks the Start of the Christmas Season at Grand Hyatt Manila



September marks the beginning of Christmas Season in the Philippines. This is when radio stations and malls start playing Christmas songs and putting up Christmas decors. But did you know that in Europe, preparations for the Christmas Season also begin in September? Grand Hyatt Manila recently invited us to witness their Christmas Fruit Cake Mixing Festivity to officially mark the start of the Christmas Season at the hotel.



In Europe, Summer marks the end of Summer and the beginning of Autumn, September is also when Europeans start to preserve fruits and meats for consumption in Winter. This includes the preparation of the ingredients for the Christmas Fruit Cake such as candied dates, figs, apricots, raisins and orange peels.



In addition to the fruit mix, a variety of nuts are also added such as almonds, walnuts, pistachio and hazelnut. Finally, to give it the characteristic Christmas Fruit Cake flavor, rum is added to the mixture. During the festivity, we got the chance to participate in the mixing of the ingredients. The smell of Christmas was in the air!

Chef Şaban Cavlak | Grand Hyatt Manila

Chef Şaban Cavlak, Pastry Chef of Grand Hyatt Manila, demonstrated to us how Christmas Fruit Cake is traditionally made in Europe, and here is the recipe he shared with us:


Christmas Fruit Cake

Ingredients

50 grams of butter
60 grams of brown sugar
10 grams of honey or dark molasses
salt
vanilla essence
lemon zest
one egg
75 grams bread flour
0.50 grams of baking powder
0.50 grams of baking soda
0.25 grams gingerbread spice mix
5 grams of walnut
5 grams of slices almond
10 grams of roasted peeled hazelnuts
5 grams pistachio
30 grams candied fruit peel mix (four colors)
15 grams candied orange peel (cubes)
15 grams dried fig (diced)
15 grams dates (diced)
15 grams dried apricot (diced)
15 grams raisins


Method of Preparation

  • Cream butter with sugar, honey, vanilla, salt and lemon zest well
  • Add the egg (warmed to room temperature)
  • Fold in the flour sieved with baking powder, baking soda and spices
  • Add all the fruits and nuts
  • Line cake ring or rectangular cake mold with silicon paper and grease well
  • Decorate with almond slices, nuts, candied or dried fruits
  • Bake slowly at 170 degrees celcius


Chef Şaban Cavlak | Grand Hyatt Manila

Grand Hyatt Manila will soon be offering their Christmas Fruit Cakes at Florentine, the hotel's pastry shop located on the ground floor level. We were told that other Christmas treats will also be rolled out, so there is so much to look forward to at Grand Hyatt Manila this Christmas Season.

Christmas Fruit Cake | Grand Hyatt Manila

Ofcourse, we also got to sample the Christmas Fruit Cake which Chef Şaban created for us that day. The texture is similar to Christmas Stollen served mostly in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. They were soft, fluffy and slightly moist, with a crunchy contrast from the nuts. Very fruity and fragrant.



Grand Hyatt Manila is a luxury hotel located in Bonifacio Global City, Philippines. It opened last January 2018 and is currently the newest and tallest hotel in the country. Grand Hyatt Manila features 461 spacious and well-appointed guestrooms and suites, as well as seven dining outlets, a club lounge, a 24-hour fitness center, an outdoor swimming pool, and some of the most spacious event and meeting spaces.




Grand Hyatt Manila
8th Avenue corner 35th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Philippines
Contact: +63 (02) 838 1234
Email: manila.grand@hyatt.com
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