Paleo Christmas Cake

December 19, 2016

Paleo Christmas Cake

Christmas time is about the only time of the year that I really feel like a fruit cake.  Every now and agin throughout the year I might get a craving for a slice of fruit cake, but that will go away as I think about what's involved in a decent Paleo fruit cake.

So when there's an actual excuse to go to a little bit more of an effort, and more people around to share it with, I'm happy to spend a little bit more time.
This fruit cake does require that bit of extra preparation, it is well worth the effort.

You can always double the fruit soak and it will keep in the fridge for up to 3 months.  If you are using the brandy then it will keep in the pantry for up to 6 months.

Paleo Christmas Cake 

makes 2 x 20cm square cakes

Ingredients
Fruit Soak
300g craisins
300g currants
500g dried dates
250g goji berries
½ cup vanilla extract, preferably homemade 
zest of 2 oranges
400ml orange juice or brandy
Cake Ingredients
1kg fruit soak
220g coconut oil, melted
150g coconut sugar
3 eggs
200g banana flour
2 teaspoons mixed spice
50g almonds, chopped
50g chia seeds
Extra brandy for soaking the cake

 

Method
Fruit Soak
Combine all fruit soak ingredients in a plastic airtight container and completely mix to combine.  Marinate in the fridge for at least 48 hours and up to 2 weeks.
Cake
Pre-heat oven to 190C.  Line and grease 2 x 20cm square cake tins, set aside.
Roast almonds in the oven for 20 minutes, chop in a food processor on a medium speed.
Combine all cake ingredients in a glass bowl and mix with gloved hands.
Divide the cake mixture into the 2 cake tins.
Bake in the oven for 40 minutes.  Once cooked set aside and allow to cool in the tin, poke with a skewer and drizzle 1tbs of brandy.
Cut 2 sheets of foil then lay 2 sheets of baking paper on top of the foil.  Place the cake on top of the baking paper and cover completely once cooled.  Repeat for the second cake.
Twice a day drizzle 1tbs brandy over the cake and then cover with the foil and baking paper.
This can continue over a period of weeks or months until ready to eat or serve.

NB: If not using alcohol store the fruit cake in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 month. 

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