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5 Variations on Holiday Fruitcake


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Healthy Low-fat Fruitcake
Fresh fruit can cut the calories.
Fresh fruit can cut the calories.
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Traditional fruitcake is loaded with sugar, which adds up to empty calories. Even the nuts and fruits are traditionally candied or jellied. Here's a recipe using fresh fruits and nectar that cuts the fat, but not the flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cups mixed fruit
  • 1 cup fruit nectar
  • 1 tbs. honey
  • 1 cup mashed pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 tsp. mixed spice
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. bicarbonate of soda, zest of lemon and orange.

Directions:

  1. Combine nectar, fruit and honey in saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes.
  2. Allow to cool and stir in pumpkin, sifted flour, spices and soda zests.
  3. Spread mixture into loaf tin, and bake for approximately 1 hour at 356 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius).
  4. Remove from oven and cover with foil until cool.

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