Paleo Christmas Cake Recipe
The one thing I’ve not been looking forward to this year is missing out on Christmas Cake. Grandma and Mum always had a Lions Christmas Cake at Christmas time, and the ever present Plum Pudding. And this year, now we’re Paleo I was worried that I would miss out on the tradition. Ah ha, never fear! Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Introducing you to a Paleo Christmas Cake recipe guaranteed to suceed!
Now when I say guaranteed I must let you know if you go overboard with the Brandy, it probably won’t work as well (or perhaps be even better depending on your mindset towards alcohol).
Paleo Christmas Cake
- 3 cups sultanas
- 1 1/2 cups of raisins
- 1 cup currants
- 1 cup pitted dates finely chopped
- 1 cup finely copped dried apricots
- 1/4 cup Goji berries
- 1/4 cup of finely chopped orange peel
- 3/4 cup of brandy (this cooks out)
- 1/2 cup dried pineapple
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cardamon
- 25o grams copha
- 200g coconut sugar (grated)
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups almond flour
- Combine dried fruit, brandy and spices in a steel bowl, cover with gladwrap and leave overnight (at least 8 hours) to macerate (soak).
- Preheat oven to 150C, prepare 22cm pan with baking paper (ensure you have two layers of baking paper to reduce moisture loss later)
- Using an electric beater combine softened copha with coconut sugar. Slowly at each egg, make sure they combine well before adding the next. Then sift in almond flour slowly.
- Add dried fruit mixture with a wooden spoon and fold through mixture, ensuring that batter and fruit are evenly mixed.
- Spoon into the prepared cake tin and bang on the bench to ensure no air pockets have been created.
- Cover with aluminium foil and cook for 2 1/2 hours, or until skewer comes out clean.
- Set aside to cool completely before removing from cake tin.
You can make this recipe a month in advance, store in a clean, airtight container in a dark part of your pantry and it’ll keep for up to 3 months.
We’re making two, one to have for Christmas and one to take with us to the family get together. You can also add glaced cherries and cranberries if the fancy takes you.
Now I’m off to find a Plum Pudding recipe that won’t break the scales.