Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Fruitcake Recipe - Gluten Free

Fruitcake has gotten a bad wrap over the years.  I see people cringe when they hear the words fruit cake. I'd never actually had fruit cake. I do love to snack on dried fruit though so I figured I'd give it a shot.

My sister in law makes some fantastic gluten free recipes on her blog Celebration Generation.  I saw that she had made gluten free fruitcake cookies and then a gluten free fruitcake recipe. I had a bunch of dried fruit in the house so I knew that I had to make this recipe as soon as possible. 

I used Disaronno amaretto with this homemade fruitcake recipe.  My sister in law used Southern Comfort.  While the Southern Comfort sounded delicious, I decided to go with an alcohol that I already had in the house.  I love amaretto and it went perfect with this fruitcake recipe.

I had friends over and we all loved, loved, loved this cake.  It was packed with fruit and nuts and the flavor was fantastic.  I'm looking forward to making it again using the Southern Comfort or another liqueur to try out a different flavor. 

Gluten Free Fruitcake Recipe
Adapted from Celebration Generation

3 cups mixed dried fruits - I used pineapple, mango, apricot and a berry blend
2/3 cup Disaronno or any amaretto
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs, separated
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
Finely grated zest of 1 orange
1 cup gluten free flour blend *
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup milk
1 cup chopped pecans

* I make my gluten free flour blend with about 4 cups brown rice flour (24 oz. Bob's Red Mill bag), 1 1/3 cups potato starch (NOT flour) and 2/3 cups tapioca flour or starch. Sift together and store in a sealed container.

A day or two before baking the fruitcake, chop dried fruits into pieces, mix in amaretto and cover. I used my food processor on the mango and it seemed to work well.

Spray an 8 in. round cake pan or an 8 x 8 in. pan with cooking spray. 

Strain dried fruit mixture, keeping the amaretto fruit syrup.

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add egg yolks (reserving the whites separately), vanilla, and zests.  Continue beating until eggs are fully incorporated and mixture is once again smooth and fluffy.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.  Add dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture, beat gently until well combined.  Add milk, continuing to beat until well combined.  Add strained fruits, mixing again until well combined. 

In another bowl, whip the eggs whites on high speed, until stiff peaks form.  Gently fold whipped egg whites into the main batter, until they have been fully incorporated.  Gently mix in the pecans.

Pour cake batter into prepared pan.  Bake for about an hour and half at 325 degrees, or until a knife poked into the center of the cake comes out clean.

While cake is still hot, pour reserved amaretto from the fruit over the top of the cake. I only had a couple of tablespoons but it seemed enough. 

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  1. I love fruitcake and make some every year; in fact my husband eats it year round, nice to find someting new I can try.
    Wishing you and your family Merry Christmas.

  2. looks great - I bet the amaretto is PERFECT!

  3. This does look good! I've only had a good fruitcake once in my life, and it was homemade. Yours looks even better than that one! I think it gets such a bad rap b/c people try the awful store-bought ones and no one makes them from scratch any more! I'm making one this year for the first time and I'm kinda excited. :)

  4. I don't know why fruitcake gets such a bad rep! I LOVE all of those dried fruits! Totally trying this.

  5. I adore fruitcake! So excited to find a gluten-free version!

  6. I love Claxton fruit cakes. Oh my they are good! I've never tried making one at home though. Should try, yours sounds good!

  7. That is the most moist looking fruit cake I have seen. It looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. I am wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  8. How did you know I loved fruitcake! hehe My girlfriends always make fun of my obsession with it. What a great recipe for it!

  9. Thanks for posting your recipe, helps remind me of a recipe I tried before called anti-fruitcake.