'Tis the season to be jolly

'Tis the season to be jolly

'Tis the season to be jolly
The Oberoi, MG Road hailed the arrival of Christmas recently by celebrating a ritual that has lasted for decades – the fruit soaking or the cake-mixing ceremony.

The venue was decorated with mini-Christmas trees, tinsel yards, hangings and mistletoe to spread the spirit of the Yuletide.

The ceremony started with an auction for two noble causes to weave in the real spirit of the festival, which is charity. It was then followed by the most enjoyable aspect of the evening — the fruit mixing. Chefs and guests brought out their aprons and gloves. They added a variety of rums, vodkas and red wines to a large table of chopped fruits.
 The fruits are soaked in alcohol so that they can ferment till they are ready to be used in baking delicious fruit cakes.

The fruits were a mix of exotic raisins, black currants, orange peels, almond slices and dates. The guests also generously spread out the spice mix that included cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and nutmeg.

It was then time to get ‘dirty’ and nobody took a step back from this. People leaped in and mixed the fruit mix with their hands. This truly felt like a family gathering who come together every year to mix the Christmas pudding. The man behind the ceremony, Pastry chef Bhuvan said, “The preparation for the festival starts now, although the baking begins later. We keep the mix for about a month before we make a variety of rich Christmas cakes.

We have different garnishes from last year on our Christmas specials which are plum cakes, cookies and pudding. This year, we have about 850 kilos of fruit which is 350 kg more than last year as the demand has grown a lot. Some fruits are soaked from the previous year as well since we know that last minute orders rush in. I believe that a good Christmas fruit cake should be moist and have the right balance of alcohol and spice.” Bhuvan has a busy month ahead and added that he is ready for challenges like last minute orders.

After the event, the guests tucked in to feast on a sample of the Christmas menu which included cake, gingerbread cookies, pudding, chocolates, flavoured bread, macaroons and cupcakes.

The guests treated their eyes and stomach to a well-laden and richly baked Christmas menu. As the event drew to a close and people left the hotel, one thing was for certain: the spirit of the festival had truly arrived!