Monday, November 30, 2009

Sweet Melissa Sunday: Should be called Moist Almond Bread Drizzled in Brandy

Golden Almond Fruitcake picked by Karin of Sugar and Spice & Everything Nice shocked the stuffings out of me! I have only tried fruitcake once in my life and this beautiful, moist bread was not anything like the small boulder of hard, dry cake with candied whatever in it. I wanted to support Karin, albeit I am late once again, and what a treat! Karin picked this recipe because of the memories associated, which always brings a tear to my eye and warms my heart during this holiday season. My grandpa was my best friend in life and I miss him so much right now, which makes me think who doesn't have loved ones to whom warm, loving feelings sneak up on during the holidays (even from our childhood)?The ingredients took a little bit of time to assemble before starting. I love the idea of using marzipan in the recipe and freezing until time to mix the ingredient in batter.

My choice of dried fruit: Apples and Cherries.
Brandy: Yes; I used apple brandy.

Sifting onto a small piece of wax paper makes easy work out of adding the dry ingredients slowly and one less dish to clean. I am a huge fan of dirtying as few dishes as possible.

The batter came together nicely, loaded with delicious chunks of dried, moist fruit, frozen marzipan and chopped almonds.
Golden loaf of bread dotted throughout with wonderful, homey flavors. I ground fresh nutmeg and using cardamon is always a great choice.
Melissa was so right about calling this recipe something, anything other then fruitcake. So many people, including myself, are pre-set as to what all fruitcake tastes like . . . something we wouldn't wish on anyone (especially friends and family). I would happily share this recipe with anyone willing to be pleasantly surprised.
Karin, thank you for choosing this recipe. I absolutely LOVE the almond cake/bread/fruitcake. Delicious! For the recipe, please go to Karin's blog or, better yet, buy Sweet Melissa's baking book and enjoy pleasant surprises throughout all her recipes.


margot said...

Your cake looks great and I love your name for it! I also thought this was a yummy treat.

Sonia said...

This look great and yummy.

Karin said...

Thanks for baking along with me this week! I know the timing was a little difficult with Thanksgiving as well... I'm so glad you were pleasantly surprised by the recipe. After reading the ingredients, I knew it wouldn't be your average fruitcake.

Lynnylu said...

Definitely not your average fruitcake! My family would love this since they don't like the traditional fruitcake which I love dearly, but don't bake anymore. Cool name you gave the cake, too!

lakegirl said...

Looks delicious! I think the name fruitcake just turns everyone off!

Anonymous said...

I noticed you guys have been talking about high heels and I wanted to share something with you that you may be interested in...

A little over 2 years ago, my husband and I were married in Los Angeles, California. Unfortunately, the day of our wedding was spoiled with rain. We had been having the wedding out on the grass and believe it or not, I was wearing high heeled shoes! They had been ruined by the end from the day :(

Even though this was one with the worst experiences I've ever had with my shoes, it actually led my sister in law to create a product which is just awesome! It is already been featured on TV shows like the Girls of the Playboy Mansion, and also the show Kendra.

Heels Above will help you protect your costly heels from sinking in mud, slipping in cracks, and walking on sand and gravel. It's a new product, and I thought I'd share it with all of you.

They are taking orders now. You can order one pair, or a few dozen for your big wedding day.

I hope you guys like it... If you have any questions, feel free to drop them an email on their web site:
[url=]High Heel Protectors[/url]

Here's a photo of it in action: