Steamed Currant Cake

A rich heavy steamed cake served warm with hard sauce drizzled over it. Grease and flour the pan WELL. Bake in a loaf pan, coffee can or a pudding mold.

Steamed Currant Cake

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup lard
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2/3 cup chopped raisins
  • 2/3 cup currants
  • 2/3 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
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  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/8 cup boiling water
  • 1/8 cup brandy

Instructions

1 Grease and flour a 9×5 inch loaf pan and line bottom with parchment paper. Sift together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt. Set aside. Place a rack in the bottom of a large pot, over medium heat, and fill to the top of the rack with boiling water.

2 In a large bowl cream the lard and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the eggs. Mix in the walnuts, chopped raisins, currants, dates, bread crumbs, and orange juice. Stir in the flour mixture until smooth. Pour into prepared pan.

3 Cover the top with 2 layers of parchment paper and tie down with string. Place the pan on the rack. Cover pot and steam cake for 3 hours. Make sure to add water as it evaporates. Serve warm with Hard Sauce.

4 To make the Hard Sauce: In a saucepan cream 2 tablespoons butter and 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar. Add 1/8 cup boiling water and 1/8 cup brandy. Cook, stirring, until clear and pour over individual servings.

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