Monday, September 21, 2009

Benevolent Bakery

Cistercian Brandy Cake - Click Image to Close

About Cistercian Brandy Cake

These little cakes pack a lot of Christmas cheer. Our monk bakers load the batter of each cake with dates and pecans and two shots of brandy. When they come out of the oven, we lace them with more brandy then wrap them in brandy-soaked cheesecloth for good measure to keep them moist and flavorful. A perfect holiday cake for people who are looking for an alternative to traditional fruitcake.

St. Bernard's Bourbon Honey Cake - Click Image to Close

About St. Bernard's Bourbon Honey Cake

This delicious spiced, honey cake, infused with Bourbon, Apple Brandy and coffee , is named after St. Bernard of Clairvaux, known as the "Mellifluous Doctor", because of his gift of word and honey-like, eloquent speech.

St. Barbara's Cherry Kirsch Cake - Click Image to Close

About St. Barbara's Cherry Kirsch Cake

The legend of St. Barbara tells us that while she was in prison, the young saint comforted herself by sprouting a dry cherry branch with some of the water her jailers brought her each day. In many places, it's a tradition to bring cherry branches into the house on December 4, St. Barbara's Day, so that there will be cherry blossoms for Christmas. Our St. Barbara Cake is made with walnuts, dried cherries and cranberries then we make the flavor bloom with a generous watering of cherry kirsch.

Fr. Robert wraps the St. Barbara Cakes in kirsch-soaked cheesecloth.

h/t to NLM


Cathy_of_Alex said...

I always eat cake for a good cause! :-O

Vincenzo said...

They look so good don't they? :D~

Terry Nelson said...

I want the cherry cake. I'm so close to the monastery I should visit.