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Low Fat Fruit Cake Recipe

Updated on April 11, 2016

When you are trying to lose weight, or just eat more healthily, it can be hard to find food that is not only naughty, but OK to eat as well.

I had a problem with high cholesterol and had to use strict dietary measures to limit the amount of saturated fat that I ate. My search for low fat treats took on a sudden urgency and I came up with a recipe for a traditional Welsh fruit cake called 'Bara Brith'. This is a highly spiced, moist fruit cake that tastes so wicked that it should really be banned; but it has virtually no fat! It is REALLY easy to make as well, which is just as well because I'm no Gordon Ramsay.

The ingredients are measured in cups. It doesn't matter what size cup you use as long as you stick to the same one all the way through.

To make this cake you need:

1 cup dried fruit (any kind at all).

1 cup sugar.

1 cup of strong, hot tea.

Nutmeg, Allspice (or whatever sweet spices you have available)

2 cups of self raising flour.

1 egg.

And this is how you do it:

Put the dried fruit in a mixing bowl and add the hot tea, sugar and spices. Mix it well and leave to soak overnight.

Next morning you will have a lovely thick sticky mixture.

Add the egg and mix it well and then the flour and mix well again. Bung it into a loaf tin and shove it into an oven pre-heated to 190 Celsius. It takes about 35-40 minutes to bake (but keep your eye on it!).

Turn out the cake onto a wire rack to cool completely and then store it in an airtight tin. This cake improves if left for 24 hours but I bet you won't leave it alone that long!


  • You can use dates and walnuts instead of the mixed fruit and use ginger instead of the dried spices.
  • Crystallised Ginger instead of the dried fruit is fantastic (no need for extra spices with this).
  • Dried apricots and vanilla work well too.



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