Paleo Christmas Fruit Cake

Serves 20-30
by Tenina Holder

OK, so when the challenge is given me, I love to go away and get onto it. Never mind I was literally flying out the next day. Never mind I had a million and one things to do. Never mind I am not paleo. I am partial to a bit of Chrissy fruit cake now and then though.

So go...be paleo, regret nothing. Enjoy Christmassing with less guilt. I have to say, I am not a fruit cake fan as a rule, but that may all be about to change.

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Need

  • 200 g almonds, plus some more for garnish
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp each ground cloves, mixed spice and nutmeg
  • 75 g butter
  • 75 g honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla - Bean Paste BUY
  • Pinch Pink Salt Flakes BUY
  • few Drop doTERRA Oils each cinnamon bark, cardamom, lemon, wild orange oils BUY
  • 600 g dried fruits of choice, craisins, cherries, dates, apple, apricots, raisins, currants
  • honey or maple syrup for glazing

Do

1  

Preheat oven to 160°C and butter and double line with baking paper, a 19cm spring form tin. Set aside.

2  

Place almonds into Thermomix bowl and mill 10 sec/speed 10. Remove from bowl and set aside.

3  

Place baking powder, ground spices, butter and honey into Thermomix bowl and mel 2 min/50°C/speed 1.

4  

Add eggs, vanilla, salt, oils and blend 10 sec/speed 8.

5  

Return almond meal to the bowl and combine 5 sec/speed 8.

6  

Add fruit and stir through, 10 sec/speed 3. Finish combining with your silicone spatula.

7  

Spread into prepared tin and bake for 45 minutes until fragrant. Brush immediately with either honey or maple syrup to create a glaze. This is optional.

8  

You may add almonds on top as pictured if you wish, you will need to cover the cake for at least 20 minutes baking time if you do that.

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