Paleo Chestnut Fruit Cake
Okay, guys, this is the last entry in my Christmas Recipe Log for this year. I swear.
I know I’m really stretching it and it’s about time I got back with the regular program, but there was just no way I could not share this awesome recipe with you on the simple account that this is what I had for dessert over 3 weeks ago and that this night also happened to coincide with Jesus Christ’s birthday.
In fact, I had planned on making this dessert for a VERY long time and it was sitting right at the top of my list of reasons to look forward to Christmas this year.
I must confess that, ever since I was a little kid, I’ve always been a HUGE fan of the classic Fruit Cake. For me, and for the longest time, it was part of my Holiday tradition and Christmas just wasn’t Christmas if it didn’t include a slice or ten of my beloved treat.
Well, I can now officially affirm that this cake has converted me. From now on, when I get a craving for Christmas Fruit Cake, this is what will come to mind. For this was probably a thousand times better.
In fact, I liked it so much that I would’ve loved to roll myself in it. All day. Or well, at least half the day.
I’m afraid I also have a second confession to make. I must shamelessly admit that when I made this dessert, I was in a very festive (and fairly loose) mood, so I decided to soak my dried fruits in a bit of rum for the night. It was a very good move, though, buh-lieve you me!
My oh my, did this add a lot of depth and intensity to the flavor of this already delicious dessert. Plus, hey, I used so little that in the end, each slice probably got the equivalent of a teaspoon of booze. Nothing worth loosing sleep over.
But adding the booze really isn’t mandatory. I’m absolutely certain that even without the rum, this cake would be just as decadent.
Everything about it is perfect, if you ask me. The texture is nice and dense, yet unbelievably moist, just like you would expect from a good Fruit Cake. The dried fruits and nuts are bountiful and the creamy pieces of chestnuts confer a little touch of distinction to this elegant and classy cake.
In fact, it came out even better than the non-paleo version of this same cake that I’d made earlier last year.
A hundred times better.
And in case you are wondering, no, I do not miss the artificially colored candied cherries or the sugar bombs that are chunks of dried pineapple.
I’m telling you, this cake definitely takes the cake. And I can guarantee you that it’ll find a spot on my Christmas table again next year, and the year after, and the following year…
And trust me, that’s a good thing!
- 1½ cups almond flour
- 1 cup coconut flour
- ½ cup tapioca flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- ½ tsp Himalayan or fine sea salt
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground clove
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 bag (150g) roasted and peeled chestnuts, coarsely chopped
- ½ cup walnuts, chopped
- ½ cup pecans, chopped
- ½ cup dried apricots, chopped
- ½ cup dates, chopped
- ½ cup raisins
- 1 can (435g) unsweetened chestnut puree
- ½ cup date paste
- ¼ cup blackstrap molasses
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- ½ cup full fat coconut milk
- ¾ cup water
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 4 eggs
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp pure almond extract
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ½ cup almond flour
- ¼ cup unpasteurized honey
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Few drops pure almond extract
- 6 dried apricots, whole
- 6 pitted dates, coarsely chopped
- 2 tbsp raisins
- 3 walnut halves, chopped
- 6 pecan halves, chopped
- ¼ cup rum to soak the dried fruits, if desired*
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Grease a 9” springform pan with lard or ghee
- Add all the dry ingredients to the bowl of your food processor and give them a good spin until everything is nicely combined.
- Transfer that to a large mixing bowl and incorporate the ingredients from the "Fruits and Nuts" section. Mix well with a large wooden spoon or rubber spatula so that all the little bits and pieces get completely covered in flour. Set aside.
- Add all wet ingredients to the bowl of your food processor and process until smooth and creamy.
- Pour that mixture over the reserved dry ingredients and mix delicately with a rubber spatula until very well combined. Do not overmix.
- Transfer batter to prepared pan and bake in the oven for 70-75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Set on a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before removing cake from pan.
- Add all the ingredients to a small mixing bowl and mix until well combined.
- Place cake on a cake plate and pour glaze right in the center. Spread it gently and evenly all the way to the sides.
- Garnish with a few chopped apricots, raisins, pecans and walnuts.