3-Ingredient Fruit Cake

This fruit cake is has three basic ingredients and is wholegrain, oil free, egg free, refined sugar free and low fat. Yet the taste and texture is very similar to a traditional fruit cake. The dried fruit provides plenty of sweetness without the need for added sugar. It is delicious served as a dessert with homemade lemon soy custard.



Ingredients


1 kg dried mixed fruit

3 cups fresh orange juice or low fat soy milk (or a mixture of the two)

2 cups wholemeal self-raising flour (or use plain wholemeal flour and 1 tablespoon of baking powder)


Optional Extras for added flavour:

Grated zest of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground allspice

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon vanilla


Instructions

  1. Place fruit into a large glass or ceramic mixing bowl. Pour over the orange juice/soy milk and stir to combine. Cover bowl and place into the fridge to soak overnight.

  2. Preheat oven to 150°C. Line the base of a 22cm round cake pan with 2 layers of baking paper. Remove fruit from fridge and add the remaining ingredients, mixing until well combined. Spoon into pan and smooth the surface.

  3. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes until cooked when tested with a skewer and lightly browned on top. Remove and cool completely in the pan.

  4. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one month.