Gluten and Sugar Free Christmas Cake

I know, I know it’s only November, but it’s never too early to start thinking about your Christmas cake!!  At least if you get that done early, it’s one job ticked off the list.  I did quite a bit of research last year to find a really great gluten and sugar free Christmas cake and this one came out tops for me.  Everyone who sampled it agreed that you wouldn’t notice the difference from a more ‘traditional’ recipe.

Admittedly I did soak my dried fruit in brandy first; and fed the finished cake with a bit more brandy a few times; and I did cover it in marzipan and icing, so it doesn’t really count as a truly healthy recipe, but hey, if you can’t indulge a little at Christmas, when can you??  Just make sure you share it around!  If you did want to make a truly healthy version you could either leave it plain or decorate it with some nuts and/or cherries, maybe with a little honey glazing, or you could make your own marzipan and sugar free (stevia) icing if you have the time.

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Christmas Cake
From the BBC Recipes website
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 120 minutes
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 120 minutes
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Rating: 5
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 160oC.
  2. In a food processor beat the butter with the banana and lemon juice and rind and pour it into a bowl.
  3. Mix in the dried fruit and nuts or seeds.
  4. Beat in the eggs if you are using them.
  5. Sieve whichever of the flours you are using with the baking powder (if you are using it instead of the eggs) and the spices.
  6. Add some brandy if you like.
  7. Line a 20cm cake tin with greased greaseproof paper and spoon the mixture in, levelling off the top.
  8. Bake for about 2 hours or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. (Keep an eye on it as mine took much less time than this.)
  9. Remove from the tin and cool on a rack.
  10. Eat as it is or store in a sealed tin or box to be iced for Christmas.
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