Cheeky Christmas cake – gluten and wheat free.

Christmas… I literally love it. The smells, the sights, the sparkles, the foods, the fun, the family time. For us as Christians it’s a proper time to celebrate the birth of a special little baby. How better the celebrate than eat too much, drink too much and laze around?! Hold on, I’m a dietitian and a Pilates instructor…and YES I eat cake  😉

So Christmas cake for me is a big part of things, I love all the fruit, the booze, the decorating of it and the fact it lasts for soooooo long! Being wheat intolerant I know going out to Christmas event there is often not a lot of festive foods I can eat, so I make this and take a bit with me.

Last weekend I got busy soaking my fruit, I used a mix of sultanas, raisins, apricots, cranberries and prunes. My alcohol of choice this year was brandy, and I soaked it for a week…mainly so I could just keep smelling it 😉 My famous wedding cake was a mix of all the alcohol in my parents alcohol cabinet – Martini, whiskey, peach schnapps…you name it, it went in, soaked in a huge pan in my bedroom, I’m pretty sure I was drunk on the fumes, it tasted AMAZING!

So here is my wheat free, gluten free recipe – enjoy:

Ingredients:

  • 700g dried fruit (raisins, apricots, prunes, cranberries are all good)
  • 150ml brandy
  • 250g butter
  • 200g sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tbsp mixed spice
  • 125g rice flour
  • 2 tsp xanthum gum
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 1 orange zest and juice

Recipe:

  • Place fruit in a bowl and cover with the alcohol, leave to soak for at least 24 hours.
Dietitian UK: Fruit soaks for Christmas cake

Dietitian UK: Fruit soaks for Christmas cake

  • Preheat oven to Gas Mark 4. Grease and line a large cake tin.
  • Place butter and sugar in a bowl and beat until fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, if it starts to curdle add a little flour.
  • Add the rice flour, xanthum gum, ground almonds, mixed spice, orange zest and juice.
Dietitian UK: Wheatfree, Glutenfree Christmas cake Mixed up.

Dietitian UK: Wheatfree, Glutenfree Christmas cake Mixed up.

  • Pour into the tin and bake at Gas Mark 4 for 1 hour, then Gas Mark 3 for 2-2 1/2 hours.
  • When cool wrap in cling film and then foil.
  • To feed prick with a skewer and sprinly over 1 tbsp brandy.

I haven’t iced the Christmas cake  yet, but here is a pic of last years! How do you decorate your cake? I’m thinking of dried fruits and nuts with a glaze this year.

 

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2 Responses to “Cheeky Christmas cake – gluten and wheat free.”

  1. 24 November, 2012 at 21:51 #

    Hiya!

    Noticed that your recipe contains a LOT of booze 🙂 Just wondering if booze is really cooked off in the cooking process, as I’m still breastfeeding (although she only has breast milk as a top-up now). And, whilst I’m here, on a similar note: Is mulled wine safe for breastfeeding babies?

    Also wondering if I could use cooking oil of some sort, instead of butter??

    • 25 November, 2012 at 08:19 #

      Ha Ha! Yes it is quite boozy. Some will be burnt off but I can’t tell you how much – it stills smells of booze after cooking. You could use anything else you fancy – so a low alcohol mulled wine, some Christmas cordial, tea, hot water or a mix of water and alcohol to reduce the alcohol content down.

      Could you use Pure instead of butter? I’m not sure about oil, maybe too much liquid.

      I’d say mulled wine still has some alcohol left in it but is lower alcohol than normal wine. A glass after a feed should be ok. I remember having some when I was breastfeeding and it being ok.

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