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Christmas Fruitcake

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Fruit cake is a Christmas staple, although you can eat it any time of the year. The good news is that it's naturally low in fat and full of fiber-rich dried fruit, plus a small amount of heart-healthy walnuts. You don't have to feel guilty about indulging in this fruit-filled pleasure.

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour


  • 2 cups mixed dried fruit (such as raisins, cranberries, chopped dates, cherries and apricots)
  • 1 1/4 cups orange juice
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • Juice and zest of 1 medium orange
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt


In a glass bowl, pour 1 1/4 cups of orange juice over dried fruit and leave to soak at least 4 hours or preferably overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Add sugar, orange juice and zest, lemon juice and zest, chopped walnuts and egg whites to the soaked-fruit mixture. Stir well.

In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in soaked fruit mixture and blend until just moist. Transfer to loaf pan and bake for 1 hour, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before turning out on to a wire rack to cool completely.

Yield 1 loaf (12 slices)

Per Serving: Calories 255, Calories from Fat 22, Total Fat 2.3g (sat 0.1), Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 192mg, Carbohydrate 54.3g, Fiber 3.6g, Protein 4g

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 4 out of 5
Holiday Fruitcake, Member angiegolfer

I have made this fruit loaf a few times now....To soak the fruit i use 3 parts orange juice and 1 part brandy because the first time i made it it was very orangey, but i don't use all the juice because it would make it too runny....the loaf itself is very moist and i often have it at breakfast time...I have never had butter on it because it's usually moist enough...

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