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Time: 1 to 1 1/4 hour

Ingredients
  1. 1/2 lb. of butter
  2. 1 lb. of flour
  3. 1/2 oz. of caraway seeds
  4. 1/4 lb. of currants
  5. 6 oz. of moist sugar
  6. 1 oz. of candied peel
  7. 3 eggs
  8. 1/2 pint of milk
  9. 1 small teaspoonful of carbonate of soda
Directions
  • Rub the butter into the flour until it is quite fine
  • Add the caraway seeds, currants (which should be nicely washed, picked, and dried), sugar, and candied peel cut into thin slices
  • Mix these well together
  • Moisten with the eggs, which should be well whisked
  • Boil the milk,
  • Add to it, whilst boiling, the carbonate of soda, which must be well stirred into it
  • With the milk, mix the other ingredients
  • Butter a tin, pour the cake into it
  • Bake it in a moderate oven from 3/4 to 1 hour

  • Source: The Book of Household Management by Isabella Beeton (1859)

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