Yay! Christmas is here!! I got an SOS call from a friend this afternoon, who had been working overtime all week, and did not get any time to do her Christmas baking. She wanted a quick-fix cake recipe that would not leave her feeling guilty about not having baked anything. This is the recipe that I gave her. An hour later, she called up, a happy soul. This cake is alcohol free, but still has a nutty, spicy feel about it, which makes it quite close in taste to traditional Christmas cakes. Also, since it does not contain any extra sugar, it is great for Diabetics. If you haven’t done any baking yet, this is just the recipe for you. Here’s how you can make it:
1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup seedless dates (pureed)
1/2 cup condensed milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons walnuts (chopped)
2 tablespoons raisins
2 tablespoons dried apricots (chopped)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon orange juice
Preheat microwave at 180 degrees Celsius. Grease a cake tin and line with parchment paper.
In a bowl, beat together oil, condensed milk and pureed dates till fluffy. Mix orange zest, orange juice and cinnamon powder and beat again for a minute.
Sift together flour, baking powder and baking soda into the bowl and gently fold it in, adding some hot water if required. The batter for this cake is usually dense, so there is no need to add much water. Now mix in the walnuts, raisins and apricots.
Pour the batter into the greased pan and bake at 180 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Allow the cake to cool completely. Remove from the cake tin, cut into pieces and serve.
Eat, drink and be merry! 🙂
A very happy Holiday season and a merry, merry Christmas to all my readers!