Polish Christmas Fruitcake {Keks Świąteczny}

This is not your average fruitcake. It’s not dry and heavy, but instead soft, lightly sweet and studded with a balanced variety of dried fruit and nuts. It will completely bust the bad rep of mass-made fruitcake and convince you to keep this recipe in your box of favorite recipes.

Keks świąteczny [kehx sh-viow-teh-chnyh] is often made in many Polish homes for Christmas. More often than not, you will also see a piernik, poppyseed cake or roll, apple cake and cheesecake served along side of keks. In my home, we also made shortbread cookies. No Christmas is complete without my grandmother’s cookies, and a good variety of sweet desserts to go along with the vast array of 12 Christmas dishes

Polish Christmas Fruitcake {Keks Świąteczny}

  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 45-55 min

Ingredients

  • 1 lb / 500 g of mixed dried fruit and nuts - raisins, mangos, prunes, walnuts, almonds
  • 2 sticks / 225 g of butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 5 eggs - whites and yolks separated
  • 1 tbs of baking powder
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C.

  2. Crush and slice dried fruit and nuts.

  3. Cream butter with sugar until well combined and fluffy. Add egg yolks one by one and keep mixing. Add vanilla extract and gradually add flour mixed with baking powder. Finally add fruit/nut mixture.

  4. Whisk egg whites with salt on high until stiff foam forms. Gently fold into fruitcake batter until well combined.

  5. Transfer batter into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper and bake at 350°F / 180°C for 20 min. Turn heat down to 325°F / 160°C and bake for another 30-40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean and top of the cake is golden brown. If top is browning too fast, cover with aluminum foil.

  6. Serve sprinkled with powdered sugar.

What will your family prepare to satisfy the sweet tooth this year? Leave me a comment below.

Smacznego!

With love,

Anna

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