Irish currant cake

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter,
\N \N Softened
1½ cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
2 larges Eggs, at room temperature
\N \N One 10-ounce box (about 1
¾ cup ) currants
4½ cup Unbleached, all-purpose
\N \N Flour (spoon flour into cup
\N \N And 1/2 cup
\N \N Measures and level off with
\N \N Spatula or the back of a
\N \N Knife)
2 teaspoons Baking powder
2 teaspoons Baking soda
1½ cup Buttermilk or milk

Set a rack at the middle level of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees.

Prepare pans and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until soft and light with a hand mixer set at medium speed or in a heavy duty mixer fitted with the paddle. Gradually beat in the sugar and salt and continue beating about 5 minutes, until very light. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, continuing to beat until the mixture is smooth and fluffy.

Place the currants in a small bowl and toss them with 2 tablespoons of the flour. Stir the baking powder and baking soda into the remaining flour in a bowl to mix. Stir half the flour into the butter and egg mixture, then stir in the buttermilk. Stir in the remaining flour, then stir vigorously or beat by machine on lowest speed about 1 minute, until well mixed. Stir in the floured currants well.

Scrape the batter into two 8½ by 4 ½ by 2 ¾-inch loaf pans buttered and lined with parchment or buttered waxed paper and smooth the top. Bake for about one hour and fifteen minutes, until well risen and a deep golden color. A skewer or thin knife plunged into the center of the cakes should emerge clean. Cool in pans on a rack.

Unmold cooled cakes and peel away paper.

Yield: Two 8 ½ by 4 ½ by 2 ¾ inch loaves COOKING LIVE SHOW #CL9085

(courtesy Nick Malgieri)

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