This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Baking Chez Moi is an easier version of fruitcake (and, bonus, doesn’t take weeks of prep!). It’s not a bread in the traditional sense of the word – it doesn’t have any yeast or flour – it’s just made from dried fruit and nuts.
Basically you soak a whole lotta dried fruit in some spiced orange juice until it’s super soft (mine never got to the “paste” like consistency that I imagined it would from the recipe description) then mix it with some almond flour and it’s meant to form a log that bakes together. All this is very well in theory but I don’t think I cut my fruit finely enough because my log never really stayed together either pre, during or post-bake 🙁 It was, however, delicious!
I ate this as is – it’s like the best homemade energy bar – and with a little Brie spread on top (so good!) and gifted the rest to a gluten-free neighbour. It’s a great edible holiday hostess gift (as long as it sticks together!) and because it is gluten free, vegan and dairy free, it’s very inclusive for the holidays!
(but, sorry, Dorie, I still prefer the Chocolate Saucisson! we made from Dorie’s Cookies last Christmas).
Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Alsatian Christmas Bread on page 75 of Baking Chez Moi.
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