I'm going to let you in on a secret. It's how I get people to like me. I give them my famous almond bread. My mom has made this every year for the holidays since I was 5, and two years ago I started making it too. I made a loaf for each of my friends, and it was unanimous: this stuff is incredible. I mean...it's made of oil, sugar, flour, and eggs...how could it be bad, right? I've even successfully made it gluten free for a celiac friend.
If you'd like to make a few friends, I will share this recipe with you:
2 1/3 c sugar
1 1/8 c oil
1 1/2 c milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp almond
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/2 tsp melted butter
1 1/2 tsp poppy seeds
1 1/2 tsp salt (I use less)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3 c flour
In a large bowl, combine sugar, beaten eggs, milk, oil, vanilla, almond, and butter. Beat at medium speed as you add the remaining ingredients except almonds.
Pour into 2 greased and floured loaf pans (9 x 5), or 5 - 6 mini loaf pans (I get better results with the little ones). Sprinkle almonds on top of each loaf.
Bake at 350 for 45 - 60 minutes.
Organic four cheese ravioli with pomodoro sauce, farmers' market winesap apple, homemade almond bread, and a salad with organic redleaf lettuce, organic spinach, and tomato.