Eggless Fruit Cake With Blue pea And Chamomile Tea

Merry Christmas! May your Christmas filled with joy!

Eggless fruit cake with chai masala and blue pea and chamomile tea. Do you like masala chai/tea with lemon? If yes then you will surely love the scrumptious taste of this rich moist soft alcohol free fruit cake. Blue pea and chamomile and cinnamon soaked dried fruits and nuts made this cake absolutely delicious and aromatic.

A close up of the soft moist texture of the cake 👇

I have used blue pea and chamomile tea soaked dry fruits in this cake. But you can use alcohol, apple juice, orange juice or any fruit juice or green tea or any other tea. Soak the dried fruits 6-8 hours or overnight. Or if you want to make the cake without soaking boil the fruits with whatever you use for soaking for 2-3 minutes. I also used Ceylon cinnamon dip with tea because I love the strong aroma of cinnamon of these bags.

I used these in many other recipes. Earlier shared Tisane or caffeine free herbal tea. See the actual colour of blue pea tea in above picture 👆. If you don’t like the flavour of cinnamon, you can skip cinnamon bags. Or you can also use 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon powder if you don’t have this cinnamon dip. You can get some more Eggless fruit cake recipes here.

I have used almond, cashew nuts, raisins, cranberries, dates, candied cherry and dried fig. You can use prune, black or red currant, sultana, apricot, candied orange or lemon peel or any other dried fruits.

And used chai masala extract for flavour. Chai masala extract is a mixture of ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, cardamom, nutmeg and cloves extract. If you don’t have this extract then you can use these spices in powdered form in the cake batter with flour. I have used brown sugar but if you don’t have brown sugar, use powdered sugar or confectioners’ sugar. I have used 1 cup whole wheat flour or atta and 1/2 cup all purpose flour or maida in this cake. You can also make this cake with only whole wheat flour or only all purpose flour. Or use any gluten free flour of your choice. You can get some gluten free cake recipes on this blog. Get the recipes here.

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Recipe

Almond- 1/4 cup

Cashew nuts- 1/4 cup

Walnut- 1/4 cup

Raisins- 1/4 cup

Cranberries- 1/4 cup

Dates- 1/4 cup

Candied cherry- 1/4 cup

Dried figs – 1/4 cup, chopped

Water- 1 cup

Ceylon cinnamon bag- 1 Blue pea and chamomile tea bag – 1

Whole wheat flour oratta – 1 cup

All purpose flour or maida – 1/2 cup

Milk powder- 1/2 cup

Baking powder- 1 teaspoon

Baking soda- 1/2 teaspoon

Brown sugar- 3/4 cup

Oil or butter- 1/2 cup

Chai masala extract – 1 teaspoon

Milk – 1/2 cup

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Lemon zest- 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. Chop all the dry fruits and pitted dates into small pieces. In a bowl place blue pea tea bag and Cylon cinnamon bag. You can omit Cylon cinnamon dip bag if you don’t like strong cinnamon flavour. I love the aroma of this cinnamon dip. Pour boiling hot water over the tea and cinnamon bags. Add all the chopped dry fruits, mix and let it soak for 6-7 hours or overnight. Blue colour of the tea changed because of cinnamon. Shared a actual picture of blue pea tea above with the recipe of Tisane or caffeine free herbal tea.

2. You can also use tutti frutti, prune, apricot, black or red currant, sultana, candied orange or lemon peel or any other dried fruits. Use whatever you have. If you forgot to soak the dry fruits you can also make it instantly. Boil all the chopped dry fruits with 1 cup water, tea bag and cinnamon bag for 2-3 minutes. Let it cool down before using.

3. If you don’t have blue pea tea bags then you can use green tea bag or any other tea bag. Even you can use apple, grape, orange or any fruit juice or alcohol for soaking the dry fruits. Here is the picture of overnight soaked dry fruits 👇

4. Mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice with lukewarm or room temperature milk and keep aside. Its okay if milk starts to curdle.

5. Grease a baking dish with oil or butter generously. I have used two cake moulds. One loaf pan and one small round pan. You can use any cake pan or mould of your choice.

6. Preheat the microwave convection or hot blast function at 170° or for OTG preheat at 180° for 10 minutes.

7. In a bowl sieve whole wheat flour or atta, all purpose flour or maida, baking powder and soda. If you want your cake flat top and without crack use half teaspoon baking powder instead of 1 teaspoon.

8. Squeeze out the soaked dry fruits and mix well with the sieved flour. Don’t discard the remaining aromatic water, we will use it in the cake batter.

9. Now add the milk powder and keep aside. In a large bowl whisk brown sugar, oil and lemon juice mixed milk. Whisk well and add lemon zest and chai masala extract. Whisk again. Chai masala extract is a mixture of ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, cardamom, nutmeg and cloves extract. If you don’t have this extract then you can use these spices separately in powdered form.

10. Add remaining water of soaked fruits and mix. I have 1/3 cup of remaining water and used it. Add all the dry ingredients gradually and mix with a spatula till everything combined well. You can add little more milk if required to make a thick and flowing batter. I didn’t. 1/3 cup remaining water of soaked dry fruits was sufficient for me to make smooth batter.

11. Tap the cake pan on your kitchen counter to remove the air bubbles. Bake in preheated oven for 30- 40 minutes or till toothpick comes out clean and top of the cake becomes nicely browned.

12. This cake takes a little longer time than other cakes but every oven takes different time so keep an eye after 25- 30 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean then your cake is ready.

Let the cake cool down completely before slicing. This fruit cake taste best next day. You can keep the cake in room temperature for 2-3 days. After that store the cake in refrigerator. But I am sure you don’t have any remaining slices to store. Mine finished in a day 😊

Happy baking! Stay safe healthy and blessed! Enjoy your holiday.

Notes

1. Any flour can be used in this fruit cake.

2. You can also soak the dry fruits in alcohol, apple juice, orange juice or any fruit juice or green tea or any other tea.

3. Butter or any flavorless oil can be used to make this cake.

4. You can use any dried fruits or peel in the cake batter.

5. Powdered sugar can be used instead of brown sugar.

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Gluten Free Fruit Cake / Sugar Free Cake

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas in advance. Have a peaceful and joyous Christmas. May all your wishes come true.

Gluten free fruit cake with amaranth flour or rajgira atta, sorghum flour or jowar atta and soybean flour. Vegan people can replace honey with jaggery. Use 1/4 cup more jaggery powder instead of honey.

A delicious aromatic festive cake loaded with dry fruits and flavoured with all the spices and chocolate. Try and feel the burst of taste and flavour. Blend of three healthy gluten free flour, tea soaked dry fruits, flavorful spices, cocoa, jaggery and honey made this cake super soft, moist, mouthwatering and healthy.

You don’t need to soak the dry fruits for long periods. I have soaked dry fruits in tea overnight. I have used masala tea but you can use any tea or green tea or use tea bags. You can also use any fruit juice or alcohol to soak the dry fruits.
And this cake is sugar free. A jaggery and honey cake. So you can call it a healthy cake.
Last year I have also shared a gluten free and vegan cake.
But this time I have changed the flour. Instead of oats used amaranth flour and sorghum flour with soybean flour. Mixed of three healthy flour made the cake super soft and moist. And didn’t use sugar in it. Its perfectly sweetened with jaggery and honey.

Amaranth is a nutritious, gluten-free grain that provides plenty of fiber, protein and micronutrients. It has also been associated with a number of health benefits, including reduced inflammation, lower cholesterol levels and increased weight loss.

Sorghum is a nutrient-packed grain that you can use in many ways. It’s rich in vitamins and minerals like B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc. It’s likewise an excellent source of fiber, antioxidants, and protein.
Soybeans are high in protein and a decent source of both carbs and fat.

Soybeans are high in protein and a decent source of both carbs and fat.
They are a rich source of various vitamins, minerals, and beneficial plant compounds, such as isoflavones.
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You may like some more fruit cakes on this blog.

1. Eggless gluten free dairy free fruit cake

2. Eggless Christmas cake

3. Sugar free fruit cake with oats

4. Eggless fruit cake

5. Diet cake

6. Dundee cake

I have mentioned it earlier that my all the neighbors are vegetarian so I always make eggless cakes for them.

Earlier never used cocoa powder or chocolate in my fruit cakes. But this time my neighbour’s 4 year old son wants chocolate cup cake. He love my cup cakes. So for this little boy,this time I have made chocolate fruit cake. And everyone loved the taste. I have used three different shape baking pan. One cupcake mould for my little friend, one small sized bundt pan and one loaf pan. But you can use loaf pan, bundt pan, square pan or any baking pan to make this cake.

And small cakes baked quickly.

This week 225 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Christmas treats suggested by Mayuri Patel who blog at Mayuris Jikoni.
Mayuri is a very dear friend and a talented blogger. I always amazed by her baked recipes. She has a vast collection of baked recipes along with other mouthwatering recipes. I recently bookmarked her fig and amaranth cookies to try. Sounds interesting isn’t it? Do visit her space for many more interesting recipes.

What can be better than this healthy and super yummy fruit cake for Christmas treat.
This cake is made of amaranth flour or rajgira atta, sorghum flour or jowar atta and soybean flour. Overnight tea soaked dry fruits, cocoa and all the mixed spices made this cake soft, moist and superbly delicious. Best part is that you don’t need to use sugar. Cake is completely sugar free. Jaggery and honey gives perfect sweetness. But if you want you can use all purpose flour or maida, whole wheat flour or atta or any flour of your choice instead of these gluten free flour. And you can also use 1 cup brown sugar or powdered sugar instead of jaggery and honey. You can use cranberry, apricot or any dry fruits of your choice.

Recipe

Amaranth flour or rajgira atta – 1/2 cup

Sorghum flour or jowar atta – 1/2 cup

Soybean flour – 1/2 cup

Cashew nuts – 1/4 cup

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Almond powder – 1/4 cup

Almond – 1/4 cup

Raisin – 1/4 cup

Sultana – 1/4 cup

Walnut – 1/4 cup

Dried fig – 1/4 cup

Pistachios – 1/4 cup

Tutti frutti – 1/4 cup

Candied cherries – 1/4 cup

Date – 1/4 cup, chopped

Water – 1 cup

Tea – 2 teaspoon

Ginger powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Nutmeg powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cocoa powder – 2 tablespoon

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Coconut milk – 1/2 cup

Vinegar or lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Oil or butter – 1/2 cup

Orange zest – 1/2 teaspoon

Jaggery powder – 3/4 cup

Honey – 1/4 cup

Method

1. Chop all the dry fruits in small pieces. And keep in a bowl.

2. Boil water with tea for a minute. I have used masala tea but you can use green tea, tea bags or any tea. Use whatever you have.

3. Strain the tea and pour hot tea on the dry fruits. Add chopped date. Mix well, cover and keep aside for overnight. You can store the soaked dry fruits in refrigerator for 2 – 3 days. You can use cranberry, apricot or any dry fruits of your choice.

4. Grease the baking pan with oil and dust with little cocoa powder or line with parchment paper. You can also use flour to dust. I have used cocoa powder.

5. Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes.

6. Mix vinegar or lemon juice in coconut milk. Milk should be room temperature or slightly warm.

7. In a bowl sieve sorghum flour, soybean flour, amaranth flour, baking powder, soda and cocoa powder. Add almond powder and all the soaked dry fruits. Mix well and keep aside. If you skip this step, dry fruits will sink into the bottom of the cake.

8. In a large bowl whisk jaggery powder, honey, oil and vinegar or lemon juice mixed coconut milk. Whisk well till jaggery dissolved. See notes for more options.

9. Add vanilla essence and orange zest. Mix well.

10. Now add flour and dry fruits mixture gradually. Combine everything well.

11. Pour the batter in greased and flour dusted or lined baking pan. Tap the pan on kitchen counter to remove air bubbles.

12. Sprinkle some tutti frutti on the top. You can also sprinkle alomond, cashew nuts or cherries.

13. Bake in preheated oven at 180° on middle rack for 40 – 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Insert a toothpick in the center to check.

14. Let the cake cool down before slicing. Enjoy the heavenly taste.

Notes
1. All purpose flour or maida, whole wheat flour or atta or any flour can be used to make this cake.
2. You can use apricot, cranberry or any dry fruits of your choice.
3. Butter, olive oil or any flavorless oil can be used.
4. You can use 1 cup brown sugar or powdered sugar instead of jaggery and honey.
5. If you don’t want to use honey, then use 1/4 cup more jaggery.

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