2 cups sugar
2 cups water
About 3 tablespoons lemon zest, cut into strips, not minced (from 2 lemons)
2 lemons, juiced (about 1/4 cup)
1 pound of a combination of dried fruits, such as blueberries, cranberries, cherries, raisins and chopped apricots
1 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 1/4 cups sugar
4 ounces almond paste
8 large eggs
1 cup orange-flavored liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier)
4 cups bleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup slivered blanched almonds
1 cup pecan pieces
1 cup walnut pieces
1/2 cup bourbon
Whiskey Sauce, recipe follows
3 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup bourbon
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
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