Almond Pound Cake

Almond Pound Cake with Candied Orange Peel

3 cups flour

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/8 tsp. salt

2 cups sugar

1 cup butter, softened to room temperature

1 1/2 tsps. vanilla

8 ounces almond paste, room temperature

6 large eggs

1/4 cup diced candied orange peel, optional

whole almonds, optional

Sift flour, baking soda and salt together. Place butter, sugar, vanilla and almond paste into a mixing bowl and beat until everything is blended, three or four minutes.  Add eggs, beating in one at a time. Slowly add flour mixture and beat until blended. Fold in candied orange peel and spoon batter into large tube, two loaf pans, or one loaf pan and two smaller pans, as shown in the photo. Insert whole almonds into pan if desired.

Bake at 350 degrees. Small pans will need one hour and larger pans will take one hour and 10 to 15 minutes.