Too much of a good thing can be wonderful ~ Mae West
Named after Janus, the god of the doorway in Roman mythology, January is the one (and probably only) month in the year when everyone is most likely to stick to their freshly made New Year resolutions.
Yes January, also affectionately known as Post-Christmas-Binge-Detox month. And since this year Chinese New Year also falls in the month of January, it seems like a good month to try and be good. After all the CNY feasting of course.
For Chinese New Year, I really wanted to make something orangey. Oranges in Chinese culture symbolise a prayer for good fortune and are considered harbingers of good luck. They are often used as offerings at temples and also as gifts when you visit people over the New Year period.
So Orange and Almond Mini Cakes were just the ticket as Detox Month/Chinese New Year baking. Gluten-free, lactose-free, flourless, butter-less, and oil-less: these little cakes may be guilt free but are most definitely not delicious free.