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Teatime Honey Cake
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La Belle Cuisine
Reid's Hotel, Madeira
Gourmet December 1993
"A teatime favorite."
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup currants
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup finely chopped candied orange rind
1/4 cup finely ground blanched almonds
1/4 cup finely ground walnuts
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly ground aniseed
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
2 extra-large eggs
1/3 cup molasses
1/3 cup Lyle's Golden Syrup or honey
3/4 cup milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and grease and flour a loaf
In a bowl toss together 1/2 cup of the flour, the
candied orange rind, almonds, and walnuts. Onto a sheet
of wax paper
sift together twice the remaining 2 1/2 cups flour, baking
powder, cinnamon, aniseed, and cloves.
In another bowl with an electric mixer cream the butter for 5
add the sugar and the grated zests, and beat the mixture for 3
or until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, 1 at a time, add the
and the Golden Syrup or honey, and beat the mixture until it is
combined well. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk in batches,
and ending with flour mixture and beating the batter after each
until it is just combined, and fold in the dried fruit mixture.
batter into the pan, spread it evenly, and bake the cake in the
the oven for 55 minutes to 1 hour, or until it is golden brown and
tester comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan on a rack for
turn it out onto the rack, and let it cool completely.
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