Time:1 hour.

Sufficient_ to make 2 small cakes.

Seasonable at any time.

  1. 1/4 lb. of butter
  2. 1 lb. of flour
  3. 1/2 lb. of currants
  4. 1/2 lb. of moist sugar
  5. 1 teacupful of milk
  6. 3 eggs
  7. 1 teaspoonful of carbonate of soda
  • Rub the butter into the flour
  • Add the currants and sugar
  • Mix these ingredients well together
  • Whisk the eggs well,
  • Stir them to the flour, &c., with the milk, in which the soda should be previously dissolved
  • Beat the whole up together with a wooden spoon or beater
  • Divide the dough into two pieces
  • Put them into buttered moulds or cake-tins
  • Bake in a moderate oven for nearly an hour

  • The mixture must be extremely well beaten up, and not allowed to stand after the soda is added to it, but must be placed in the oven immediately. Great care must also be taken that the cakes are quite done through, which may be ascertained by thrusting a knife into the middle of them: if the blade looks bright when withdrawn, they are done. If the tops acquire too much colour before the inside is sufficiently baked, cover them over with a piece of clean white paper, to prevent them from burning.
    Source: The Book of Household Management by Isabella Beeton (1859)

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