Jun 12, 2012

Dried Fruits & Nut Cake!!!

Hi guys!!!

I am big fan of the Christmas Fruit cake. This Dried fruits and nut cake that I am talking about is almost like the christmas cake. It is healthy in so many ways. First off, no butter is used. Secondly, very minimal quantity of flour is used. Best of all, it is loaded with dried fruits and nuts!!! Although I munch on nuts to ease my mid-afternoon hunger pangs, I find it really difficult to get my husband to eat dried fruits or nuts as it is. So, this cake was indeed a great solution. He loved the cake and we enjoyed the cake throughout the week. It actually tasted better a couple of days after it was baked!!!

Now lets see the recipe.


All-purpose flour - 3/4 cup
Firmly packed brown sugar - 3/4 cup
Eggs - 3
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Coarsely chopped nuts - 3 cups
(I used hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews, almonds and pistachios)
Diced dried fruits - 3 cups
(Dates - 2 cups + Other dried fruits - 1 cup(I used dried apricots, figs, cherries,cranberries and raisins))


1. Preheat the oven to 150C. Grease a cake pan and keep it ready.
2. In a large mixing bowl add the flour, baking powder, soda, salt, sugar and mix well. Next add the chopped nuts and dried fruits and mix well with using your hands.
3. In a separate bowl beat the eggs and vanilla until they turn light coloured and fluffy.
4. Now add this egg mixture to the fruit and nut mixture and mix well with a rubber spatula till the ingredients are combined well.
5. Scrape down the contents to the prepared pan and bake for about 60-75 minutes.
6. Remove from oven when the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan. Mine was ready at around 65 minutes.

Slice and serve with tea or have it for breakfast. This could be a great power-packed start for the day!!!!

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