Oh so lovely to hear this Susan! Hi Robert, the nutrition facts are for a slice of the cake , I made this gluten free fruit cake today but only cooked it for 60 mins and still it was sooo dry ……50 grams of butter seems to be insufficient……..Could not taste cinnamon or mixed spice even though I put in a little more than required . Great Christmas cake. I made it without amaretto It is so delicious! I think you should be able to make it work… I would suggest either drying the nut pulp out in the oven first (maybe bake it on a low heat), or maybe adding an extra spoonful or two of coconut flour / or reducing the liquid ingredients to balance the moisture in the cake. I only recently discovered it and can’t believe I’ve been missing out on something so delicious for so long . By turning the cakes over, and glazing the bottoms with a mix of strained marmalade and date syrup, they look ok, Do let me know how you go! Get recipes and tips for the most festive Christmas cakes. Hi Wilma, I’m sorry that this cake did not meet your expectations. , Baked this today – so easy and delicious. Mixed spice is sometimes called “pudding spice” and there are different variations of it depending on what brand you buy. Unfortunately I haven’t done this yet! In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, melted butter (or coconut oil), vanilla and amaretto (or extra orange juice if you aren't using liqueur). , Hi monique.. Combine dry ingredients and sift into fruit mixture. Combine the almond flour, coconut flour, bicarb, salt, mixed spice and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Would it be the same amount?? This healthy fruitcake has no candied fruit but sweet dried fruit that makes the dessert so much better. All went well until the final mix of wet and dry had a very sandy feel..and after one hour that is how the top of the cakes still felt to the touch. Thank you, Megan, Hi Megan, I’m so so sorry about the delay in replying to your message. Baste or spritz top with brandy and allow to cool completely before turning out from pan. Is it ok if i leave this step out, You can definitely leave it out, but if you are worried about the moisture and want to use something alcohol-free, I would use orange juice . And I would feed it regularly, of course, with ..rum probably. Copyright © 2020 Nourish Every Day Website Development & Website SEO by Duelling Pixels, dairy free, freezer friendly, gluten free, grain free, (optional) – if you don't use this I recommend adding an extra 60mL of orange juice instead. Peach fruit cake. There are more details in the email, but I am just commenting this so that you are more likely to see my request :). I don’t know about you, but for me December is always so insanely busy. Can I freeze it unbaked and bake it once defrosted please? Need to cater for allergens? I have never used Monica’s Mix Paleo flour myself. Plain or self-raising? Thanks so much! Oh… and I also added a tsp of pure almond extract…. I have Monica’s Mix Paleo flour can I use these ingredient? However I must be honest, I haven’t done it yet! If you measured by cup then possibly the flours were more tightly packed (and so weighed more) and this may have made the cake more dry. Remove from heat and cool for at least 15 minutes. Hi my name is Robyn. Recipe for Dundee Fruit Cake . That way it looks more like a cake than fruit bars. Tastes so awesome. I looked at your pic and my result and was extremely disappointed. Tender apple layers with thin custard-like layers, topped with cinnamon oats … If you make this cake, please leave me a comment below to let me know how it turns out, and don’t forget to take a snap and tag me on Instagram, you can find me over at @moniquecormacknutrition! If you measure by cup, loosely pack in the flour, do not press it into the cup. Or is the freezer the only option? I hope you have a fabulous Christmas! Christian, thank you so much for stopping by to give feedback! I would bake it and then freeze it. Add the peeled orange, vanilla, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Set … More orange juice as substitute for Amaretto…. Hi Danielle, yep you can just use regular sugar – I would suggest perhaps using half regular sugar, half brown sugar if you can . Thank you! Place fruit and liquid in a non-reactive pot with the sugar, butter, apple juice and spices. Spoon into a 10-inch non-stick loaf pan and bake for 1 hour. This fruitcake is our family’s favorite, packed with dates, walnuts, raisins, and glazed cherries. I apologise for the delayed reply, I have been in hospital for an extended period of time and I’m only just catching up on my blog now. Lovely, moist rich cake. I was in hospital for an extended period due to a health issue and I’m only just catching up now. Coconut flour will never again be seen in my kitchen as I cant help but think it maybe the culprit. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Place fruit and liquid in a non-reactive pot with the sugar, butter, apple juice and spices. Published: December 2015 | Updated (mainly the images! ), it’s wonderful when well prepared. Tessa. Remove from heat. I saw some comments that their cake was dry. Peach fruit cake. I have been very tempted to try this cake soaked in liquor and stored as you would a traditional fruit cake – comparing the ingredients to a traditional fruit cake, there’s nothing to suggest that it wouldn’t work. Crack eggs into a blender. I just read over the recipe again and I don’t think I mention it anywhere? Looked for another recipe and came across yours, I'm Monique, nutritionist and creator of Nourish Every Day. I assume that you have either already tried out this recipe or you made something else for Christmas. Amaretto is the best, right!? This is the best fruit cake I have tried - All the sweetness comes from the fruit as there is no added sugar or fat in this cake. If you decide to give the cake as a gift, be sure to tell the recipient that they are very lucky indeed. I want to make a Christmas cake using pineapple pieces and walnuts no sugar. I don’t mean that in a rude way at all, just maybe it’s honestly not for you! but I do wonder about the gritty nature of the original surface of the cake. Haha I am a secret fruit cake fan too (fruit toast too shhh :P). I just finished making this recipe today. I’m talking about homemade fruit cake that’s moist, flavorful, and has the perfect amount of spices. Um wow?! Pangiallo laziale (Italian Christmas Cakes) Pangiallo is a traditional Italian Christmas cake, originally from Rome. (Batter can be completed up to this point, then covered and refrigerated for up to 2 days. Hi Ros, I’m so glad to hear you were able to make this work as an SCD compliant recipe! Typically this is a mix of sultanas, currants, raisins, mixed peel and sometimes glace cherries. Bake the cake for between 60 – 70 minutes, or until the top is well browned and the centre feels firm to touch. Thanks for this recipe (even though you posted it 5 years ago lol). Thank you for taking the time to let me know I think you could definitely use it for a pork marinade, or alternatively you could boil it down into a syrup and make an extra sticky glaze for the cake maybe! Ohhh but that glaze! (Store in the fridge for about 1 week or freeze for a longer life. Your recipe looks great to use. Also easy to freeze. Step 1.Boil the dry fruits In a medium saucepan, combine the butter with the raisins, cranberries, brown sugar,molasses and water and bring to a boil. Add rum and macerate overnight, or microwave for 5 minutes to re-hydrate fruit. My brain is just ticking over what to do now with leftover juice from fruit soak – any special ideas perhaps I’ll use it for pork marinade. I used just two spoonful of honey to sweeten it. (I know there is already cinnamon in the recipe but still add more). Just out of interest. Either way I hope whatever cake you had was delicious To answer your questions, you could just use plain GF flour as the substitute, and correct I would reduce the amount of orange juice. Gently boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell. The best fruit cakes are matured for at least a month and moistened or ‘fed’ from time to time with alcohol such as sherry, Madeira or brandy. Hi Sue, thank you for your message. Make sure your soaked fruit is well drained, and then add this to the cake batter. This cake is not supposed to raise much at all – it’s a very dense fruit cake and also uses almond meal, which never really “fluffs” up like ordinary wheat flours do. Bring mixture to a boil stirring often, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. I’m so sorry that I have taken so long to reply, due to a personal health issue I was hospitalised over the Christmas period for a month and I am only just catching up now. In a drier oven some cakes require covering to keep them moist. Check out the ingredients below. Soaking the fruit in brandy makes the cake even better I agree! I want to get this made for our family get together on Christmas Day. Honestly, I used to bake this Christmas cake very frequently for a market stall, and I did not receive any feedback about the cake being dry. Glad to see you finally got here with the comment Monique x, Your email address will not be published. Line the bottom of a 9-inch-by-4-inch pan with parchment (baking) paper. I hope that you were able to experiment with this recipe – muffins or a half batch would both work, I think, so long as you change the baking time , Hi, I’m sorry but I haven’t received an update from anyone who has stored and fed the cake for an extended period yet. Plus I used a really big orange which gave lots of juice. Would love to know if you tried the soaking and storing? Mini Fruitcakes. I would suggest you could definitely substitute it for the coconut flour, but I’d try to use at least some almond meal in there as well because this has a different texture and helps to keep the cake moist with a nice crumb. I also love that this is grain free! We usually have to make at least two loaves—on… (Batter can be completed up to this point, then covered and refrigerated for … I varied it slightly according to ingredients I had and to comply with the SCD. Quickly bring batter together with a large wooden spoon, then stir in eggs one at a time until completely integrated, then fold in nuts. Do you think it will make a difference from dried nut flour. Sign up to the Nourish Every Day newsletter here! We all love it. See how to make a healthy layer cake filled with simple whipped cream … Thank you for your comment. Just making mine would love to know, Hi Beth Combine mixed dried fruit, dates and nectar in a large saucepan. If you have suddenly decided that you’d like to make a Christmas cake this year but you want to get it all in the oven with a minimum of fuss, then this Healthy Christmas Fruit Cake recipe is made for you. Hello, I’m having a small Christmas and want to make Christmas cake but won’t get through anywhere near a whole cakes worth, so was wondering if you think this recipe would work as muffins and as a half batch? Remove cake from oven and place on cooling rack or trivet. But 60 ml makes me think perhaps i need to substitute it with another liquid? You can use any dried fruit that you like in this recipe. I can’t find coconut Sugar where i live, can i use regular Sugar? In addition to the dried fruit mix, you will need: A final tip for making this cake, please WEIGH the ingredients if you can. Too easy! So glad you liked it Enas! Love the sound of the cake, will make it for my wheat allergy boss this year. I love pumpkin spice so I think that would have been great to use regardless of the requirements Hope you had a great Christmas! Ingredients For Fruit Cake Recipe are: x. Line base and sides with two layers of baking paper. . 4. Hope this helps, let me know how you go . Fold it in with a spoon until combined evenly. Fill your kettle and pop it on to boil while you organise all the dried fruit into a large bowl. When I measured the flour I kept it nice and loose. A simple substitution would be to use: 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp allspice, 1/2 tsp nutmeg and 1/2 tsp ground ginger. I’m sold! Definitely pinning this. I do not have a nutritional calculator on my website at present, it’s something I’m researching but I’m not sure how I feel about putting so many numbers on my foods as it’s not really how I eat intuitively myself. That would definitely not be optional for me! The glaze totally makes it I agree! This healthy cake recipe is naturally gluten-free and fruit-sweetened, making it perfect for a child’s first birthday party, or any occasion where you want to serve a healthier (but still delicious!) Start by soaking the fruit. Check for doneness by inserting toothpick into the middle of the cake. © 2020 Discovery or its subsidiaries and affiliates. I can’t find it in the list of ingredients? 42 Best Christmas Fruitcake Recipes - Holiday Fruitcake Ideas Cool 45 minutes. Now at least I have a good excuse, I’m a new mum of twins this year! UPDATE NOVEMBER 2019: A number of people have left me a comment asking if I have made this cake well in advance and preserved it by soaking the cake with alcohol. Thanks . A decade-old family recipe for a dense, flavorful and very moist fruit cake for the Christmas season with instructions for soaking in brandy. Bring to the boil. It always makes me happy to hear people enjoying this Christmas cake, as it’s one of my favourite recipes on the blog. Hi Robyn! I agreed! Some of my favourite dried fruits to use in my Healthy Christmas Fruit Cake are: For larger dried fruit like figs, dates and apricots, chop them into smaller pieces first if you purchase them whole. Can you tell me what spices to use and quantities? Do You Know How your Favorite Fruit Cake has Health Benefits? If I wrap it in wax-proof paper and foil and put in a cake tin/plastic tub in the fridge, would that work, do you think? I even used it for my Christmas cake and it was very good - yes, this did have added marzipan and icing on it, so not so healthy for this one! It calls for 3 tsp mixed spice. Hi Yanika, I would not freeze the cake unbaked. Keep the orange. mmmmm Amaretto! Combine the rosette with the remaining sugar and place in a saucepan. Thank you for your kind words! I realise that coconut flour requires additional liquid so I am wondering if the same amount of orange juice would be required if using the GF flour. Thanks I hope the cake turns out super well for you. "These are baked in mini-muffin tins and make a great addition to a … Grease a 20cm round x 7 cm deep round cake pan. I soak the fruit in brandy up to 3 days instead of hot water; makes it richer and more flavourful (4 TB to 1/4c). There’s a little bit of soaking of the fruit involved, but no more than 15 minutes; then you just get to stir everything up, pop it in to the oven and glaze or ice it (if you want to). I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe – it means a lot to me when people leave feedback. The cake will turn out too dry if you add more than is needed, especially if you add too much coconut flour which is super dry in texture, it absorbs so much moisture. are you planning on replacing the almond meal and the coconut flour? Hi Claudia, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a message about this cake! I’m not sure about using another nut, do you mean instead of the almond meal? Create a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and gradually stir in the wet mixture, stirring as you go (coconut flour is very absorbent so it’s better to add it gradually). Every 2 to 3 days, feel the cake and if dry, spritz with brandy. If you're looking for personalised nutrition advice, hop on over to my nutrition services site, moniquecormack.com to book individual nutrition appointments and read my research-based blog posts. Thank you so much for this lovely recipe. Soaking the fruit in brandy would be so yum, one year I’ll actually be organised enough to do this myself! and used whiskey and honey for the glaze. This looks great! Of course, in the description of the video I will reference your website and blog. Like in the above comment I also soak my fruit in brandy for 4-5 days, and brush the cake with brandy after baking for a couple of days and wow. This old-fashioned recipe is easy to make and can be stored for months. Hi Kenyon, thank you for your message. Hey Monique. Plus I used coconut oil which I find is much better than butter for moist cakes. Just subscribed for your newsletter! All rights reserved. Thank you so much, Sylvie! In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, oats, flours, baking soda and baking powder. I ended up with approx 625gms of fruit,,so basically a quarter more than the recommended 500gms. If you try it please let me know how you go . After making 5 x 12cm flourless christmas cakes from an old Taste recipe which was ok,,I had about 400gms of very boozy hand cut dried fruit left over. Claudia. I am writing as I seem to be in the minority as far as a baking success. I haven’t tried the glaze yet; usually decorate the top with slivered almonds prior to baking. Great recipe and first Christmas cake ever. Just beautiful. Congratulations on the twins. need more Christmas recipe inspo? Yum! Walnuts – you could use pecans instead, or a mix of walnuts and pistachios is also really lovely, Butter or coconut oil – use the coconut oil for a dairy free cake, Amaretto or another liqueur of choice – optional but if you don’t mind a little bit of alcohol in the cake it is, Honey or maple syrup for the glaze – you can also add a few tablespoons to the cake batter if you want the cake to be sweeter, it is quite sweet already from all of the dried fruit but this will take it to the next level. I’m so glad you enjoyed the cake xx, Hi Monique, You can also poke a few holes in the cake and then drizzle it over, if you want to use a lot and really soak the cake. When I talk about delicious fruitcake growing up, I don’t mean that boxed stuff that the grown-ups tried to make you eat as a kid. she much preferred your version…it was a lot more moist. Take a photo and then tag me. Hello Monique Combine dried fruits, candied ginger and both zests. Candied fruit has been soaked in sugar syrup and also dried for preservation. Thank you so much for this lovely message, Amber! A family recipe that goes back decades. If you would like to calculate it, it’s possible to use a website like happyforks.com which I understand offers a recipe nutritional calculator. How to make moist fruit cake We can make moist fruit cake in 3 simple steps. Alton Brown Cooks Live: The A&E Bloody Bull+, Alton Brown Cooks Live: Panini Press Dinner, Alton Brown Cooks Live: Roasted Snapper, Island Edition. Hi Monique, would it be possible to use GF flour to substitute the coconut flour (which I’m not a fan of)? This easy healthy fruit cake tray bake combines traditional festive flavours and is a much simplified, quicker version of traditional fruit cake. , Hi did anyone try this with the storing and soaking method yet?! Think raisin bread, on steroids. Thanks for your help. This healthy invisible apple cake, also known as thousand layer apple cake is with 70% fruit and healthy wholesome ingredients, which makes it the healthiest cake you'd make. It wouldn’t be a Christmas cake without a sweet boozy finish! Hope you had a great Christmas , Just made this for my daughter who’s on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet … it’s a winner ! Ah, the maligned fruitcake. Scoop the cake batter in to your lined baking tin and press down with your fingers or the back of a spoon until there are no gaps and the top is smooth. I wondered whether I could make this in advance (around now) and feed it with alcohol like you would do with a normal christmas cake? Also, is it possible to use another nut? In this article, I will show you how I make this fruit cake from scratch. Best wishes from the West of Ireland. Made with almond flour, coconut flour, dried fruit, mixed spices and a little orange zest for a lovely authentic festive feel. Look forward to trying your recipe! However another factor is that in my experience the consistency and quality of coconut flour varies incredibly from brand to brand, so I would perhaps encourage you (if you ever want to try coconut flour again) to purchase a different brand that produces a more finely milled, softer flour. I had a look at the ingredients in Monica’s paleo mix and think it might turn out too dry if you just use that. p.s. Would you substitute it for all of the flour in this recipe? This is extremely impressive!!! I also love making my Cranberry and Date Chocolate Truffles! Bring mixture to a boil stirring often, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Hi Monique. Hope the cake turns out well , Hi, I decided to try this cake this year but I plan to cook it ahead because of lack of time and freeze it. Very impressed and hard to believe it is gluten free. i.e. , Filed Under: Desserts and Sweets, Recipe Tagged With: cake, christmas, christmas cake, dairy free, fruit cake, gluten free, gluten free cake, grain free, healthy baking, healthy dessert. Let me know how it goes . Start by soaking the fruit. Baked it yesterday. This cake doesn’t add too much work to the list. Coconut flour is SO absorbent, just the tiniest amount makes a huge difference. Hi Iona! not all ovens are the same and my oven helps keep cakes moist. I’ve never seen anything called “mixed spice”. Dried fruits and nuts are mixed with oil, wine, and flour to create a humble yet tasty treat that is vegan to boot! Hi Casey, I’ve just replied back to Sue who has commented just before you on my thoughts on this Just check out the other comments! 1) Dried Mixed Fruits = 300g 2) Egg = 2 3) Butter = 110g 4) Flour = 100g 5) Brown Sugar = 50g 6) Baking Powder = 1/2teaspoon 7) 1 Orange Zest and Juice 8) Cinnamon = 1/2 teaspoon 9) Salt = 1/4teaspoon 10) Vanilla Extract = 1teaspoon 11) Water = … I have never tried the cake with another nut meal, I tend to use almond meal for nut-based cakes as it’s so readily available! Hi Monique Thank you Libby! This is not to criticise, but I am wondering where I went wrong. Oh that would be awesome if you can use up nut pulp in this. Preheat your oven to 150 C. Line a 20 cm cake tin (preferably spingform) with baking paper along the base and sides. Some of the recipes I post here, like this peach fruit cake, take me back to my childhood. To use the glaze I have suggested above, simply heat up the honey so it’s really runny, mix with the amaretto and then brush over the top of the cake. Also I think soaking the fruit for longer is better – the fruit was really plump and moist as that as what adds moisture to the cake. Sure dried fruit, when unsweetened and eaten in moderation, can be a good way to get antioxidants and fiber, and nuts are a tasty way to get some healthy fats and protein, but BEWARE: Fruitcake can be high in calories and fat, outweighing any benefits of the individual ingredients. Is there supposed to be coconut sugar in this recipe? I bake a lot of flourless cakes for friends and school fundraising using only almond meal. I think if you wrap it securely and store it in the fridge, and feed it with alcohol, you should be ok to make it an advance and store it. I hope you will not be offended by all of my questions, I am just trying to troubleshoot and think of things that may have altered the cake’s texture. Apologies for being so long winded, Hi Grant, thank you for your honest feedback about the cake. Bring to room temperature before completing cake.). Thank you so much Issy! In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the all purpose flour, baking powder, spices, and salt. But that doesn’t mean it couldn’t have turned out this way. Thanks so much for this lovely feedback Carol! You should end up with a very thick batter, almost like a wet crumbly dough. For the glaze I took some of the Juice from the soaked fruit As I had no brandy left and mixed it with a little coconut sugar and it was nice and brown and tastes great. Since this recipe also contains pumpkin purée, I guess we could call it a Pumpkin Fruit Cake and serve it at Thanksgiving?. No need to beat the egg mixture for long, just until well combined . I had intended to do this last Christmas myself, but ended up on hospital bedrest pregnant with my twins! A really good fruit cake recipe, one you can eat the same day you make it; it's even better if you let sit for awhile. Wilma. Big Cheers from Australia, Hi Roger, thank you so much for this lovely message! Thank you for such a lovely review Lyza , Hi, do i need to substitute the ?amaretto inside the cake? Remove from heat and cool for at least 15 minutes. Pour the hot water over the fruit and allow to sit for 10 to 15 minutes to soften and then drain and allow to cool to room temperature (get on with your cake prep while this is happening). Let soak for 15 to 20 minutes. The reason I added it to this recipe was for sweetness and also to make the result slightly more “cakey” as almond meal is so dense. Any info please on the specific nutritional info on this cake please, Specifically fat, saturates and sugar? Easy Fruit Cake Recipe. My all time favourite Christmas cake recipe. I’m trying this recipe on Friday, and I have contacted you about possibly using this recipe for a YouTube video (I will still make it even if it is a no, it looks wonderful :P). Fill your kettle and pop it on to boil while you organise all the dried fruit … So no need to boil water and the fruit mixture was very moist. How long to beat the eggs with liquids and butter for? This sounds delicious. Are you a fruitcake lover? It says optional. If you’re going to glaze the cake, do so immediately while the cake is hot, brushing on your glaze of choice with a pastry brush. Despite my best intentions I never seem to get my Christmas cake done very far in advance. There's only one trick: buy the best-quality, moist dried and candied fruit you can afford. Provided an appropriate amount of alcohol is fed to the cake as you would do normally it should keep well. If not, bake another 10 minutes, and check again. Hi Christine, thank you for your message. I soaked mine in brandy for a week prior. I couldn’t find your reply to Sue, but like Sue and Casey, I wondered if it is OK to make in advance? Sounds like you have a super delicious Christmas cake planned this year Thank you for the kind words – I really like this Christmas Cake recipe! If you’re using larger fruit like dates and apricots, roughly chop them up first (my quick tip: snip them with kitchen scissors – it will save you so much time!). But it is so yummy! To make the batter: Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl (at least 6-quart), … I feel the same way about certain ingredients! Thank you…. Bake for 25-30 minutes until a golden cake is obtained, and in a stick test, it should come out clean from the pastry. Hi Gwen, of course, happy to help! There is even flaxseed meal inside. This cake can also make a lovely wedding or Christmas cake if you decorate it with marzipan and icing. I think this cake will keep pretty well for at least a few weeks so long as it’s stored in the fridge wrapped very well to keep in the moisture, or alternatively I would just freeze it. ): November 2020. Easy to make and lasts in fridge. I love all of the dried fruit. What Goes Into My SW Fruit Cake. Thank you again . Plus, not only is… This simple and delicious cake is a must: NO refined sugar, NO refined flour and loaded with yogurt. I used a square cake pan but you can also bake it in a round tin if you prefer. I also find there can be variability between coconut flour brands so perhaps the coconut flour you have was very drying – it’s so incredibly absorbent so can really change a cake dramatically. Stir well, then add to the cake mixture, stirring gently until all the fruits are incorporated … When cake is completely cooled, seal in a tight sealing, food safe container. The only other thoughts I had were whether the fruit was soaked sufficiently and whether you glazed the cake? Hi Aditi, no there is no coconut sugar in the recipe. Many times I have taken the easy option and just used a store-bought mixed dried fruit, which always seems to be on sale around Christmas time! Thanks! Fruitcake is known for his, shall we say longevity. This healthy fruit cake tray bake is a lighter alternative to traditional fruit cake. The biggest risk would be food spoilage but with alcohol, wrapping and being stored in the fridge this risk is kept to a minimum. Though this traditional holiday cake is often maligned (I guess some people don’t like candied fruit? Super super yummy- very much like the ‘real thing’ ! Squeeze in the juice of the orange (doesn't matter if some pulp goes in). In a medium bowl, combine dried fruit, applesauce, pineapple, fruit zests and juices, and vanilla. Hi Jenny! I’m so sorry that I have taken so long to reply, due to a personal health issue I was hospitalised over the Christmas period for a month and I am only just catching up now. In fact I made another similar cake from a different source, using all almond flour…. Made my Christmas , Aw thank you SO much Maria! The recipe comes from the wife of a family friend, Patricia, who for years sent us a loaf every Christmas. Preheat oven to 150°C/300°F. Thank you Emily! Fruitcake is usually finished in a loaf pan. and forgot to add the walnuts Delicious just the same This is such a lovely thing to read. Hi Tessa, I’m sorry but I haven’t had the chance to make this cake very far in advance yet. I designed my Christmas cake recipe to be as simple and straightforward as possible because I think that December is stressful enough already. If it comes out clean, it's done. The cake is gluten and grain free and it can easily be dairy free as well, it’s only a swap from a small amount of butter to coconut oil. I used my homemade pumpkin spice instead of mixed spice, ground dried mandarin peel instead of orange zest… and commercial sugar free orange juice as I didn’t have an orange. The cake's flavor will enhance considerably over the next two weeks. It should be a dense and slightly crumbly cake, but not dry. This easy fruit cake uses Sukrin sweetener instead of sugar and is dairy free. ), I love seeing your creations! Wrap in cellophane or Christmas paper and give as gifts to friends and family. Combine dried fruits into a large mixing bowl. I turned it into individual small cakes in muffin paper holders and it turned out fabulous. Drain the dried fruits and add the ground almonds, glace cherries, and mixed peel. When I come to serve it do I simply defrost it naturally or do I reheat it in the oven considering that it would already have been baked.? A healthy Christmas fruit cake recipe that’s gluten free, dairy free and grain free. So nice! Upped the flours by one quarter and added one egg. Required fields are marked *. You can pick all the lovely gourmet dried fruits and make the cake so special. For years, I have been making a ‘traditional’ Christmas cake for the family, but wanted to try this one this year and holy moly I’m glad I did! I’m sorry for the delay in replying to you, I’ve been in hospital for quite an extended period of time due to a health issue. Many store-bought varieties, stuffed with unrecognizable candied bits, deserve their bad reputation--but not these wonderful cakes, made with a generous serving of dried fruit and candied orange peel in a light batter. This recipe has you covered there as well. By Karen D. Our Complete Collection of Christmas Cake Recipes Rich cheesecakes, old-fashioned fruitcakes, gingerbread, and red velvet cake. From the way you describe the mixture, it sounds like the “gritty” texture might have been from the coconut flour; it does have more of a grainy feel than almond meal and I’m wondering if you maybe just don’t like it? My mixture was quite sloppy and wet and sticky, which is how my mother’s fruit cakes always were, rather than crumbly and it has turned out spectacular. Such a lovely fruitcake, and so easy to make too! . That is what you are going to get with this fruit cake recipe. Thank you so much, my first fruit cake ever. It comes together very quickly and is bursting with festive flavours we all love during this time of the year. Hope this helps! I want to use nut pulp that is left over from making nut milk. However, you can also mix together your favourite blend of dried fruits. Allow the cake to cool in the tin for 30 minutes and then place on a wire rack to cool to room temperature. Followed recipe carefully but was surprised at only 50 g of butter ……very disappointed ….dry and crumbly ….wasted money on best ingredients and no one would eat it ! You can use a mix of any dried fruit - I use figs, apricots, currants, raisins, sultanas, cherries. I’m a closet fruit-cake fan, and this is looking pretty good! Thanks xx, Hi Alice, thank you SO much for this lovely positive review, I am so happy to read this! More moisture obviously but I’m thinking that it won’t make too much difference? This can totally change up the flavour of the cake, and if you are motivated to do it I think it is worth it. She did love it Monique ! Thanks again for making the recipe so easy to follow. Thanks, Sue. Stir in honey, apple and eggs until combined. Cool completely and transfer to a serving platter. Has anyone wrapped and stored the cake for 2-10 weeks as you would a traditional Christmas fruit cake? Your email address will not be published. I’m super happy to hear you enjoyed the cake , Hi Monique cakes in the oven can’t wait smells so good. Have you had any news from others on storing the cake for say 8 weeks, or have you tried it yourself yet? Did you weigh out the flours or measure by cup? I’m actually planning on making it this week (have all the ingredients) so long as the babies nap long enough for me to do so! I just spent ages checking out your website – it’s fabulous, I’m flattered you stopped by to comment! I share my favourite nutritious recipes and healthy eating tips here! I purchased extra fresh dates and soft pitted prunes..chopped them up and added to the other fruit. Perhaps upping the quantities also affected the result and it might have been better to only increase almond meal. Some people call this cake an "Oxford lunch." Find healthy, delicious cake recipes including chocolate, lemon, pound and bundt cakes, and homemade birthday cakes. Best wishes, Monique. 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