Healthy Christmas Cake

Christmas Cake can be healthy.

Today I made my Christmas Cakes.  This recipe works for a larger cake, individual little cakes or medium size ones that make perfect gifts for those friends who don’t want to make their own!  They are quick to mix, take a little longer to bake but can be enjoyed without feeling guilty, as they are healthier than store-bought ones.  They are gluten and dairy free, NOT nut free, but…  they are delicious!  I choose to use all organic ingredients.

Ingredients

(makes 2 x 20cm cakes or 1 x 20cm + 2 x 10cm or quite a few individuals!)

  •  1.2kg mix of whatever dried fruit you have or want (I added raisins, figs, sultanas, dates and cranberries – chop the dates and figs)
  • 100g coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups ground almonds or almond meal
  • 2 teaspoons Ceylon  Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract or paste
  • zest and juice of 2 oranges
  • 5 tablespoons macadamia nut oil or Inca Inchi oil (a mild olive oil should be okay)
  • 6 eggs at room temperature

Directions

  1. Mix first 8 ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Add the beaten eggs and stir well.
  3. Spoon batter into prepared springform, parchment lined pans.
  4. Bake in fan force oven @ 150°C for 90 – 120 minutes.  Check after 90 minutes with a skewer and if it comes out clean, they are done.  Otherwise put back for a further 30 minutes.  Generally my oven does 2 x 20cm cakes in 120 minutes.
  5. Cool on a cake rack and remove from the tins when cold.
  6. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 30 days or wrap in parchment and then cling wrap and freeze – they last in the freezer for months and months, as long as the husband doesn’t find them!
  7. If you would like to use as a Christmas pudding, you can drizzle the hot cakes with some brandy, sherry or orange liqueur as soon as they come out of the oven.
  8. ENJOY WITHOUT THE GUILT!

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