It has been found that the existence of fruit cake is brought by Egyptians during ancient times as it served as desserts offered to the deceased. Due to its easily-preserved nature, they believed the fruit cake could withstand the journey into the afterlife.
Over the years, the fruit cake was passed on to Northern Europe by the Crusaders who returned from their Middle East journeys with dried fruit and nuts. The preserved fruit was considered rare and valuable and was saved for special occasions because it had been discovered in the Holy Land.
The fruit cake is a spiced cake containing nuts and dried fruit, usually a variety of cherries, apricots, pineapples and oranges. It is a popular holiday gift and, if containing alcohol (which is normally what makes the fruit cake’s distinctive taste), can be kept and stored for many years without spoiling.
Here’s what you’ll need:
2 cups assorted chopped dried fruit, such as cherries, currants, dates or figs
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup crushed pineapple
Zest and juice of 1 medium orange
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup apple juice
2 tablespoons real vanilla extract
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup milled flax (flaxseed flour)
1/2 cup oat flour (can make by putting rolled oats in a food processor)
1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup crushed or chopped walnuts
How to make:
- In a medium bowl, combine dried fruit, applesauce, pineapple, fruit zests and juices, and vanilla. Let soak for 15 to 20 minutes.
- In a large bowl, mix sugar, milled flax, oat flour, pastry flour, baking soda and baking powder. Pour fruit and liquid mixture into dry ingredients and stir to combine. Add egg and walnuts and stir to combine.
- Pour mixture into a loaf pan lined with parchment (baking) paper and bake at 325 F for 1 hour, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the fruitcake rest for 30 minutes before removing it from the pan. Serve.
Even though fruit cake is a dessert, it has many health benefits, especially when baked using organic, low-fat ingredients with fruits high in antioxidants and vitamins. Per slice of our fruit cake which is normally 1/12th of the loaf contains 229 calories, 5 grams total fat, 15 mg cholesterol, 75 mg sodium, 42 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams dietary fiber, 4 grams sugar, 4 grams protein.
Fruit cakes usually contain nuts which are high in protein, iron and fiber. Cherries, which are high in vitamin C, iron, fiber, folic acid and magnesium, are also often used in fruit cakes. Many delicious recipes are available using cherries as the main ingredient. Every fruit cake can be made differently depending on the ingredients you have added. In our recipe, we used different healthy stuff from different fruits, nuts, flaxseeds and healthy flours. Oranges are another often-used fruit for this dessert, as well as pineapples and raisins. Together, they can aid in boosting immune systems, preventing cardiovascular disease and promoting overall health. I am not really a fan of fruit cake but I do hope you’ll actually enjoy this recipe. The nutrients present in this recipe is one reason why i opt to try it. Hope you’ll like it the way i did. Enjoy!