Gluten-free Christmas cake Recipe

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serves:

12

Skill:

easy

Total Time:

02:15

Prep:

00:30

Cooking:

01:45

Gluten-free Christmas cake can taste just as good as the original recipe – and doesn’t have to be difficult to make either! For those who have to follow a gluten-free diet, eating home-made cakes can be quite a challenge as many are made with wheat flour which is full of gluten. Nowadays it’s not too difficult to find gluten-free flours – most large supermarkets will have an aisle dedicated to special diet products. This Gluten-free Christmas cake uses both gluten-free flour and baking powder and the only thing to remember when baking with these products is to add a little extra liquid to the recipe. Store the cake in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Ingredients

  • 350g mixed dried fruit
  • 100ml brandy or orange juice
  • 150g butter, softened
  • 150g soft light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • Zest of 1 large orange
  • 50g blanched almonds, chopped
  • 50g glace cherries, halved
  • 2tsp vanilla extract
  • 150g gluten-free plain flour
  • 1½tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • 2tsp ground mixed spice
  • 1tsp ground ginger
  • 100ml milk

Method

  • Place the dried fruit in a bowl with the brandy or orange juice and leave to soak for 2 hrs or overnight.

  • Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/Gas Mark 3. Grease an 18cm round deep cake tin and line the base and sides with a double thickness of baking paper.

  • Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat together until pale and creamy. Gradually beat in the eggs, adding a little of the flour is the mixture begins to curdle. Add the soaked fruit, orange zest, almonds, cherries and vanilla extract.

  • Sift together the flour, baking powder and spices and fold into the mixture with the milk. Spoon the cake mixture into the prepared tin and level the surface.

  • Bake for 1½-1¾ hrs until golden, firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 15 mins then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

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Top Tip

Replace half the dried mixed fruit with finely chopped dried apricots and dates, if liked.