Friday, February 25, 2011

Pat's Christmas Cake Muffins

This recipe (including the name) is from "Lucy's Specific Carbohydrate Diet Cookbook" (www.lucyskitchenshop.com). It really tastes like Christmas fruitcake, if you're into that sort of thing (which I am). However, the honey and dried fruit that comprise much of this recipe means that it really should be a "once a year" treat.

UPDATE - Hmm, this might be a repeat. You know what, it's so good, I'm gonna let both copies stay. You really have to try these.

Ingredients
  • 4 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened crushed pineapple, juice drained
  • 1-1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1-1/4 cups raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried currants
  • 3/4 cup dates or prunes, pitted and chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups slivered almonds
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 275F. No, that's not a misprint - lower temperatures for this one!
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, stirring until it's well-mixed.
  3. Line muffin cups with paper cupcake "liners", and fill each one with batter until it's almost full. NOTE - this recipe usually makes more than a dozen, probably closer to a dozen and a half!
  4. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes. Allow to cool before removing the paper liners.
About the only thing that could make these even better would be if I could figure out how to make a paleo version of marzipan icing!