Darling Clementine

Tessa - clementine and almond cakeOur British friend, Tessa, has had to give up gluten. The worst part of it, she says, is avoiding hot bread when it hits the table. Second to that: saying no to cake, especially at the holidays.

Years ago, at a birthday party in Cornwall, the hostess decided Tessa should not go cake-free for the evening. She whipped up this tangy, delicious almond and clementine confection especially for her–and a tradition was born.

“In the U.K., clementines and tangerines are very much part of Christmas, and the combination of sweet oranges and almonds are a good gluten-free alternative to Christmas Cake (aka, fruit cake),”  says Tessa, who capped her holiday dinner in D.C. this year with this easy dessert.

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