With the festive season just around the corner, we're excited to celebrate this time with family and friends over a great, scrumptious meal. However, you may be torn between piling on the sugar and being a joy-killer if you don’t join in the festive fun. Not to worry, we’ve just the solution for you with our non-sugar fruit cake recipe.
While the usual log cake could contain up to 36 teaspoons’ worth of sugar, our delectable non-sugar fruit cakes as 0 teaspoons of added sugar, drawing completely from the natural sweetness of the dried fruits in our recipe.
Sugar is a key contributor to the increased risk of diabetes and heart diseases. Cutting down on its consumption through slight changes in our diet can go a long way few years from now! Here’re 3 benefit from cutting sugar in your meals:
1. Reduce your risk for heart diseases, not just diabetes – A 15-year study shows that there’s a 38% higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease when the participants had 17% to 21% of their calories coming from added sugar.
2. Feel more energetic and focus – try replacing sugar laden foods with a complex carbohydrate, protein rich snacks like yogurt and whole grain cereal; this will help to keep the energy level balance and not spike your sugar levels.
3. Look better with clearer skin – Cutting down added sugar will put your body in an non inflammatory state reducing the potential of acne flare ups or formation.
If you are looking to cut down your sugar intake for reasons such as medical concerns like diabetes prevention or simply to lead a healthier lifestyle. Read on to find out how you can prepare a non-sugar dessert for the upcoming festive season!
Ingredients (Serves 8)
· 1 medium orange
· 250g ready-to-eat pitted prunes or dried plum
· 250 g dried mixed fruit (you can get this pre-packed from Redmart as in our picture)
· 2tsp ground mixed spice
· 4 large eggs
· 200g butter, room temperature
· 3 tbsp low fat milk (2 tbsp if you are using plain flour)
· 300g Spelt flour (Use Plain flour for the non-wholegrain version, one to one substitute)
· 1tsp baking powder
Preparing the fruit
2. Pour into a pan together with prunes, mixed dried fruit and spice. Place it over a low heat and simmer gently for 3-4 minutes until the liquid is almost all absorbed. Remember to stir it occasionally. Leave to cool for 30 minutes.
Preparing the oven and tin
3. Preheat the oven to 160°C. While waiting for the fruit to cool, Line a 20cm round deep cake tin with non-stick baking paper or baking parchment paper.
Preparing the cake mix
4. Whisk the egg together in a large bowl then add in the softened butter, flour and baking powder. Stir in the milk and beat it to smooth consistency. Stir in the soak fruit until thoroughly combined. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth the top level with the back of a spoon. Cover the tin loosely with a piece of aluminium foil.
5. Bake in the centre of the over for an hour. Remove the foil, the cake should be lightly browned, and if you insert a skewer if should come out clean. Otherwise bake it further for another 30 minutes.
6. Remove the cake from oven and cool it in the tin for 30 minutes. Remove the cake from the tin and place on a wire rack. Once it is cool, carefully peel off the baking paper.
Tips to UP the taste but DOWN the sugar:
1. Use spices! - Cinnamon or nutmeg are great way to sweeten the dish and enhance the flavour of food.
2. Replace sugar with fruits or sweetener – Not only it is a great way to cut down calories but also a fibre boost to your baked goods. Tip: If you are replacing sugar with fruits, you might want to reduce liquid in during baking as fruits contains liquid.
3. Swop out the frosting with healthier alternative – Instead of using icing for the cake use Greek yoghurt or dust it with cocoa powder.
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