I love Christmas time. I love the carols, the decorations, excitedly planning and buying gifts, reading the story of Jesus’ birth to my kids, and I love the baking!
Some of my strongest memories of Christmas time as a child involve big family dinners around my mum’s amazing Christmas food … and then weeks of a slice of her Christmas cake with a cuppa each night!
Sadly, this year I won’t get to see my extended family until almost New Year, so the Christmas treats are up to me!
Another amazing treat adapted from the Healthy Chef. You can find the original here: http://www.thehealthychef.com/2012/11/gluten-free-healthy-christmas-pudding/
- 225g fresh pitted dates (approx 10-15)
- 250g chopped dried apricots
- zest and juice from one orange
- 150g almond meal
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- ready made white icing
- glace cherries
- pure icing sugar to dust
Combine dates, orange zest, apricots, vanilla, almond meal and spices in a food processor.
Process until mixture is well combined (should look like fine crumbs)
Transfer mixture into a large bowl then add 2 tbsp orange juice and mix again.
The mix should come together in your hands when lightly squeezed.
Line the base of a muffin tray with glad wrap and press the pudding mixture into it firmly.
Invert the pudding and remove the glad wrap. Repeat until all the puddings are formed.
Decorate with a pinch of icing, rolled out to look like a white chocolate ‘splash’, top with a cherry and dust with icing.
Makes about 10.
They store well in the fridge for 2 weeks.
We have wrapped these on a little plate with cellophane and given them as Christmas gifts to teachers.