Christmas wouldn’t really be Christmas without a slice of Christmas cake, would it? And with our scrumptious Slimtone Christmas cake recipe you don’t have to miss out. It’s just 220 calories per slice, instead of a whacking 400 calories for a traditional cake.

Stir-up Sunday is coming up, so here’s your chance to try it out. Stir-up Sunday is a tradition that harks back to Victorian times when families would gather around to bake their Christmas cake or Christmas pudding in anticipation of the big day. It falls on the last Sunday before Advent which this year is Sunday 26 November – so plenty of time to do your shopping and gather the family together.

Serves 20 – approx.. 220 cals per serving

400g/14oz sultanas                                           1 tsp mixed spice
28g/1oz candied peel                                       400g/14oz SR flour
100g/3½oz glace cherries, halved                 50ml Port, Brandy or Rum
200g/7oz brown sugar                                     ½ tsp cinnamon
2 large eggs                                                        300ml/½ pint cold tea (3 bags)
50g/2oz chopped mixed nuts                         25ml medium Sherry

Mist a 10” x 5” loaf tin with low cal cooking spray (or a round cake tin). Soak fruit in the cold tea liquid and leave overnight or for a few hours. Remove the teabags and add the rest of the ingredients to the fruit. Mix well. If the mixture is too dry, add a little more water (or booze!). Turn the mixture into the loaf tin and cook for 1 – 1½ hours 170˚C/325˚F/Gas 3. Wrap the outside of the tin with foil, as there is no fat in the mixture, this will keep the cake more moist on the outside.

Trifle, Trifle, Fol-de-riddle-Triffle!
And it’s not just Christmas cake that has the Slimtone Make-over – here’s a delicious Christmas trifle that will put a smile on everyone’s face.

Serves 6 – approx.. 200 cals per serving (3g fat per serving)

2 sugar-free strawberry jellies                         4 trifle sponges
1 glass sherry                                                       Muller Light strawberry yoghurt
Carton of low fat custard                                  1 packet sugar-free Dream Topping
Strawberries to decorate

Place sponge fingers in a trifle dish and pur over sherry. Make up 1 sugar-free jelly and pour into the dish. Leave to set. Make up the second jelly with half the amount of water and leave to cool. Whisk in the yoghurt. Pour over the jelly and leave to set. Spoon over the low-fat custard. Make up the Dream Topping with skimmed milk and spoon over the custard. Decorate with sliced strawberries.