Almond Cakes with Brandied Grapes
CATEGORY: Desserts- Cakes
These cakes are rich and flavorful without being too sweet.  A perfect end to a meal.
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 20 minutes
2 tablespoons brandy
1 cup seedless red grapes- cut in half
3/4 cup blanched almonds
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Toss grapes in brandy in a small bowl.

Combine almonds with 2 tablespoons of sugar in a blender and pulse until finely ground.

With an electric mixer beat butter and 6 tablespoons sugar in a bowl until pale and fluffy.  Add vanilla. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Reduce speed to low and beat in ground almonds, flour, and salt until combined.

Drain brandy from grapes.

Divide batter among 4 buttered oven proof gratin dishes.  Lightly press grapes into batter. Bake on a baking sheet until cakes are firm and just golden with slightly darker edges- approx 20 minutes.

Cool slightly in dishes before serving.