Almond Fruit Cake & Cabernet Poached Pears *

YIELD: 1 8" cake

Almond fruit cake:
1 cup granulated sugar
7 oz. unsalted butter
8 oz. almond paste
1 tsp. grated lemon zest
1 tsp. grated orange zest
4 large eggs
1/2 cup cake flour
3 Tbsps. dark rum
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup dried apricots
1/4 cup dried figs confectioners sugar as needed for dusting

Cabernet poached pears:
1 bottle full-flavored Cabernet wine
8 oz. granul

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