Who doesn't love a delicious Christmas cake that is filled with dry fruits and nuts and the amazing flavours of lemon zest, orange juice and Christmassy spices!
We've spent a while at SampoornaAhara experimenting with creating the most scrumptious cake possible without compromising on any of the health factors we hold dear. If you are looking for a recipe, or help making it at home, an easy pre-made mix or even a way to purchase it yourself, you've come to the right place. This blog will answer that for you.
Level 1 - buying a delicious cake filled with dry fruits from us - within Bangalore:
Zero oil, sugar, jaggery, maida, or dairy, these cakes are as healthy as they come while being super yummy too! A perfect choice for a plum cake.
Loaded with dried fruits, nuts and spices, our Spiced Fudgy Christmas Cake is one of a kind. Its rich texture will fill your senses with every bite.
Ingredients: Orange, Dates, Lemon zest, Cinnamon, Vanilla extract, Almond, cashew, Dessicated coconut flour, Whole wheat flour, Brown raisins, Black Raisins, Figs, Dry Date powder, Aluminium free baking powder, Baking soda, Apple cider vinegar, Organic Blackstrap molasses*, (*High in iron and calcium and with a low glycemic index which mean it doesn't spike blood sugar quickly, this is the healthy syrup left behind after white sugar is extracted from jaggery)
We even have a gluten-free option here: https://www.sampoornaahara.com/products/gluten-free-dry-fruit-and-nut-christmas-cake-fruit-sweetened-no-alcohol-550g-1
Level 2 - Making an alcohol-free cake at home, but with a cake mixture - Within India
Imagine the smells of cinnamon, orange, vanilla and toasted nuts filling your kitchen... Now enjoy our signature Christmas cake hot from your oven! Our cake mix is sugar-free, jaggery-free, media-free, oil-free and completely vegan.
All you need to add is some fresh date paste and orange juice and your choice of dry fruits to make an eggless fruit cake batter. Full instructions are given below.
Ingredients: Cashew, Almond, Coconut Flour, Cinnamon powder, Vanilla seed powder, Aluminium free baking powder, Whole wheat flour/Oats, Lemon zest, Orange zest
Level 3 - Bake your own Rich fruit cake! - Anywhere in the world
The cake is very easy to make and doesn't require any special equipment. No special cake tin, in fact, we have had success making this in a pressure cooker, no need for an oven even!
If you are using an oven, do remember to have a preheated oven for the best results. Also ensure you are using greaseproof paper/parchment paper or a silicone mold to be able to remove your cake easily from the cake tin.
The cake recipe can be found here: https://www.sampoornaahara.com/blogs/recipes/christmas-cake
Filled with dry fruits, nuts, and strong aromatic spices this spongy cake is a treat to the senses. We have for you a recipe that combines the goodness of dried fruits, nuts and spices with whole grains, nut butter and date syrup! 'Tis the season to be jolly indeed!
Feel free to make your own mixed spices if you would like to customize the flavour of your plum cake
Why do we not use sugar or brown sugar for our cakes?
We use a combination of fruit - orange juice, dates and dry fruits along with a some blackstrap molasses to make a delicious moist cake. We avoid brown sugar, white sugar, powdered sugar, honey or jaggery because they have a very high glycemic index. This means that they can raise your blood sugars very quickly along with the host of other issues that sugar brings with it.
By having our sweeteners from whole food sources, we are able to enjoy the complex flavours, dietary fiber and all the other nutrients that it provides.
Why do we not use all-purpose flour/plain flour or other refined flours?
Traditionally, the beauty of Christmas cakes and that they are dense, moist and absolutely packed with flavour! When you can enjoy all of these with the health benefits that whole grain flour offers, why not?
Feel free to substitute some of the flour in these recipes with ground almonds
Do give these a try and let us know what you think!