Addictive Cookie Dough
Bars and cookies, Paleo, Vegan
This dangerously addictive recipe is in The Whole Scoop ebook. It’s from one of my faves in the book: Paleo chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. I can’t help but dig…
Making a Christmas cake was always the first sign of Christmas in our home. Long before the tree went up, stockings were hung, or any Christmas music was allowed to be played, we’d be in the kitchen chopping and soaking for (in my opinion) the best cake in the world.
Traditionally this one’s made a long time in advance, even months, and then ‘fed’ periodically with brandy leading up to Christmas until it’s lovingly saturated, then it gets a thick covering of rich almond marzipan and finally a white frosting. We’d cut into it, with cups of tea after piling home from a post turkey dinner walk on the hills behind our house. It’s probably my favourite Christmas day moment. The sun would go down as we walked and we’d come down the hill seeing the twinkling lights of our little cottage, unable to feel our hands, and curl up around the fire with tea, coffee, and slice into the cake.
For this year, as my whole family descends on California to meet the baby I wanted to make a fully paleo version, and, by the amount that’s already disappeared before Christmas, I can tell you it’s good!
Having lived stateside for almost a decade, I know that fruit cake has a bad reputation with Americans but if that’s you, I’d like to wager it’s just that you haven’t had the right one yet! That dry, sugar laden, heavy, tasteless cake you want to regift… I suggest you still regift, and keep a gooey, brandy soaked, clean one for yourself! Here it is.
1.5 cups raisins
1 cup dates
1/2 cup figs
1/2 cup prunes
1/2 cup apricots
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup honey
1tsp pumpkin spice or mixed spice
1 cup almond flour
1T coconut flour
Zest of 1 small orange and 1/2 lemon
Juice 1/2 orange
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/3 cup brandy and more to ‘feed’
For the Marzipan:
1.5 cups powered coconut sugar (blend in a food processor or coffee grinder)
1 egg white
2 tsp almond essence
1.5 cups almond meal
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