88.Healthy  Fruit Cake : Glutenfree

The full text of the book published by Hodder and Stoughton, updated.

This is a standard fruit cake recipe that I use all the time as it is so reliable!

I change the spices to suit the occasion.

This recipe makes an excellent cutting cake

Ingredients: to make a 1½ lb cake in an 8" tin

1 large banana -as green as possible

1 large carrot, peeled

2 eggs

100 ml olive oil

4 oz / 100g granulated sugar

1 table spoon of black treacle/ molasses

8 oz/200g gluten free flour mix

½ tsp / 2g bicarbonate of soda

¼ tsp / 1g cream of tartar

1 level tsp / 1g mixed spice

8 oz / 200g mixed dried fruit

several glacé cherries

Instructions: No extra liquid is needed!

Beat the banana and carrot to a smooth pureé with theolive oil, sugar and egg. This is best done in a liquidiser.

Add the flour and beat in.

Add the treacle, spices and raising agents and beat in.

Add the fruit and beat in.

Pour the mixture immediately into a deep 8" cake or 2 lb loaf tin lined with a layer of non-stick baking paper.


Preheated oven

gas mark 4 350°F 180°C

Bake for 1¼ to 1½ hours.

Cool in tin before turning out and removing paper.


Spices to suit your own taste - cinamon, ginger etc.

Christmas flavour - 1/2 teaspoon each allspice, ginger, cinamon , mace.

Marmalade cake - add a couple of tablespoons of marmalade to the mix.

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