Monday, December 15, 2008
RECIPE ~ Sugarless Fruitcake
Before you say anything, this fruitcake is DELICIOUS. It's nothing like the dreaded holiday variety, but rather a moist, chewy, nutty, dense loaf with hints of citrus. Once again I have my mother to thank for this, as she scours all resources to find sugar-free, wheat-free treats to bake me! This one is from the sugar-free desserts collection of AllRecipes.com.
1 cup chopped golden raisins
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
1 cup chopped cranberries
1 cup unsweetened crushed pineapple
1/4 cup grated lemon peel
1 cup flaked coconut
1/3 cup orange juice
2 tsp Stevia powdered extract (a natural sweetener)
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cardamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (or oat or spelt)
In a medium bowl, mix stevia with orange juice and stir in chopped cranberries. Soak 1 hour, mixing often.
In a large bowl, mix raisins, nuts, coconut and lemon zest in the flour until well coated. Add cranberries and orange juice mixture. Sprinkle baking soda over mixture, and mix. Stir in spices. Fold in crushed pineapple. Pour batter into a greased and floured 9 inch loaf pan. Bake at 325 F for 40-45 minutes. Cool. Makes 1 loaf. Pictured above using spelt flour and dusted with icing sugar (optional).
FOR INDIVIDUAL DOSHAS
VATAS soak raisins before using; replace cranberries with cherries
PITTAS replace cranberries with cherries, walnuts with almonds, and dry ginger with 1 tsp fresh ginger
KAPHAS rejoice! At last a serious dessert that is Kapha-friendly (with a few adjustments) as it has no added sugar and no oil. Replace walnuts with sunflower seeds or charole, pineapple with strawberries or applesauce, and coconut with pumpkin seeds; use spelt or oat flour