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. granulated sugar 4 oz. water 2 cinnamon sticks 1 Tbsp. star anise 4 Bosc or bartlett pears FOR ...

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