Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Paleo Christmas Pudding

The year of 2011 has flew past us in a blink of an eye! It will be Christmas in one week, which is super exciting. While I was still living in Hong Kong as an adolescence, Christmas is THE biggest event of the year for my family. The winter days were warmed by the holiday atmosphere of family gatherings, laughter, joy and of course, Christmas Carols :)

My family is very westernized and have adopted some British traditions. One of them is a MUST for every British Christmas, a Boiled Fruit Cake, or one would call it, a Christmas pudding. My mom made Christmas pudding for my family every year as far back as I can remember. The Christmas Pudding was what brought our family in a circle of anticipation. Great memories of childhood.

Now that I have adapted to a Paleo lifestyle, it is sort of hard to complete Christmas without a Christmas pudding. For the past few weeks, I have came up with a great Paleo Christmas Pudding recipe, it takes a day or two to prep, but it is well worth it, lets start!!! :)
Grade A Large Egg                          6
Tequila                                                4-tbsp
Coconut Flour                                  1/2-Cup
Arrowroot Starch                           2-tbsp
Baking Powder (Home-made)  1-tsp
Cinnamon                                           2-tsp
Ground Cloves                                  1/4-tsp
Ground Nutmeg                                1/4-tsp
Ground Ginger                                   2-tsp
Organic Apple Sauce                       3/4-cup
Coconut Oil (Melted)                     1/2-cup
Coconut Palm Sugar                       1/4-cup
Vanilla Extract                                  1-tsp
Salt                                                         Pinch
Candied Peel (Home-made)       1/4 cup
Mission figs (diced)                       1 tbsp
Pitted dates (diced)                       1 tbsp
Dried bing cherries                        1 tbsp
Dried currants                                 1 tbsp
Mixed Nuts (almond, walnut, hazelnut)    1/4 cup

Homemade Candied Peel:

Here is a link for a great step-by-step instruction:
(Instead of using regular sugar, I used organic honey and coconut sugar)

I used one orange and one lemon and had plenty of candied peel left over. 

1.) Start off dicing all dried fruit, nuts and candied peel.
2.) Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
3.) Sift flour, spices, and baking powder together.
4.) Mix dried fruit and nuts into the flour. Stir to coat the fruit and nuts with the flour mixture.
5.) Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly.

6.) Pour in desire baking pan and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees or until toothpick comes out clean. Hope you enjoy the recipe!


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