Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Vegan Christmas Fruit Cake



A traditional British dessert, you can't not love a fruit cake. Both of my Nan's make an absolutely cracking fruit cake so I thought I would try my hand at it with a  few tweaks! This is probably as healthy as it can get as the fruit does add up the calories but its all natural sugars and still packed full of flavour. Swap the chia "eggs" for eggs if you're not vegan. 

Recipe

Prep: 5 minutes chia eggs, 5 minutes boiling fruit, 10 minutes
Cook: 1½ hours
Serves: 8-10

Makes one 8 inch cake

Ingredients

200g Mixed dried fruit
50g Cranberries
100g Chopped Dates
80g Plain Flour
2 tbsp Spelt Flour
1 Ripe Banana
100g Coconut Sugar
4 chia eggs (1 tbsp chia seeds with 3 tbsp water = 1 chia egg)
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1½ tbsp Mixed Spice
1 tsp Ground Cloves
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
Optional Topping: White, green and red fondant, leaf cutter, apricot jam,

Method

✿Preheat oven to 150℃/300℉ and grease and line your cake tin.Make your chia eggs and set aside for 5 minutes.
✿Place all of you dried fruit in a saucepan and pour over boiling water. Bring to the boil and then take off the heat and drain then cool.
✿In a mixing bowl, mash bananas with a fork then add your sugar and mix. Add the dry ingredients and mix.
Add your chia eggs one by one stirring in between and then your vanilla extract.
✿Combine your cooled fruit with your mixture and stir until well combined.
Pour mixture into cake tin and bake for 1½ hours or until a knife comes out clean. The fruit cake should be baked on a lower heat than other cakes so as to cook evenly throughout.
✿Once cooked, leave to cool for a few minutes then place on a wire rack to cool completely.
✿Brush about 1tbsp of apricot jam over the cooled cake and then roll out some white fondant to place on top. Decorate how you like and then cut into slices. Enjoy! 

Christina
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