Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Troop Program Ideas: Healthy Bake Fruitcake from the Mayo Clinic

Happy Troop Tuesday! Need a few quick activities for your next troop meeting? The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council's Troop Program Ideas, published in the months between the Golden Link, gives Daisy, Brownie and Junior troop leaders fun ideas for games, songs, crafts, snacks and ceremonies to use throughout the year!

This week, why not teach your troop how to bake a new recipe! With the holidays just around the corner, here is a festive recipe everyone in your troop will love. Put the fruit back in fruitcake with this reinvented recipe.

Ingredients (Serves 12):

2 cups assorted chopped dried fruit, such as cherries, currants, dates or figs 
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 
1/2 cup crushed pineapple 
Zest and juice of 1 medium orange 
Zest and juice of 1 lemon 
1/2 cup apple juice 
2 tablespoons real vanilla extract 
1/4 cup sugar 
1/4 cup milled flax (flaxseed flour) 
1/2 cup oat flour (can make by putting rolled oats in a food processor) 
1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour 
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 teaspoon baking powder 
1 egg 
1/2 cup crushed or chopped walnuts 

In a medium bowl, combine dried fruit, applesauce, pineapple, fruit zests and juices, and vanilla. Let soak for 15 to 20 minutes. 

In a large bowl, mix sugar, milled flax, oat flour, pastry flour, baking soda and baking powder. Pour fruit and liquid mixture into dry ingredients and stir to combine. Add egg and walnuts and stir to combine. 

Pour mixture into a loaf pan lined with parchment (baking) paper and bake at 325 F for 1 hour, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the fruitcake rest for 30 minutes before removing it from the pan. Serve.

For more Troop Program Ideas, visit www.gssjc.org.