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.
Back up...I do quite a bit of work for a company called Orgamix and they in turn provide me with lots of delicious organic goodies for my classes and recipes. In fact if you head into Woollies any time soon and you see some Happy Sol products in the health food aisle, I developed those recipes. But again I digress...so one day, the Happy Sol himself gave me a quick call, (not entirely unusual but fairly rare) and asked me if I could come up with a paleo fruit cake in time for Christmas that could be made by customers from a packet. It would be branded as a ‘Tenina’ product.
Of course I said; 'Of course’, despite the crazy fact that I was headed east the next day. This is it...if you would like to purchase the packet, you will be able to next Christmas, we hope! This pack will be seen all over the country in good health food stores and potentially a few bad ones as well. I am happy to have my name on this product. (Unlike the Happy Sol products for which I am completely anonymous)...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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- 200 g almonds
- 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 vanilla bean paste BUY
- Pinch Pink Salt Flakes 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
Preheat oven to 160°C and butter and double line with baking paper, a 19cm spring form tin. Set aside.
Place almonds into Thermomix bowl and mill 10 sec/speed 10. Remove from bowl and set aside.
Place baking powder, ground spices, butter and honey into Thermomix bowl and mel 2 min/50°C/speed 1.
Add eggs, vanilla, salt, oils and blend 10 sec/speed 8.
Return almond meal to the bowl and combine 5 sec/speed 8.
Add fruit and stir through, 10 sec/speed 3. Finish combining with your silicone spatula.
Spread into prepared tin and bake for 40 minutes until fragrant. Brush immediately with either honey or maple syrup to create a glaze. This is optional.