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                               ELECTION CAKE
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 Serving Size  : 12   Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Cakes
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1       c            Currants, soaked overnight
                         -in a tightly closed jar in
      1/2   c            -Brandy
    1       tb           Sugar
      3/4   c            Scalded Milk
    1                    Yeast Cake
      1/4   c            Warm Water
    1       c            Flour, unsifted
      1/2   c            Butter
    1       c            Sugar
    2 1/4   c            Flour, sifted
      1/2   ts           Salt
      3/4   t            Mace
    1       t            Cinnamon
    1                    Egg, whole
    1       t            Lemon Rind, grated
    2       ts           Lemon Juice
                         -----LEMON OR ORANGE GLAZE-----
                         -----RECIPE TO FOLLOW-----
        To the scalded milk add 1 Tbsp. sugar; cool.  Dissolve the crumbled
   yeast in warm water, and add to milk.  Add the unsifted flour, and beat
   until well blended.  Let rise in warm place until it has doubled in bulk,
   about 1 hour.
        Cream butter and sugar until very light.  Drain brandy from currants.
    Place sifted flour, salt, mace, and cinnamon in sifter.  Add egg to
   creamed mixture and beat until light.  Stir in lemon rind and juice.  Add
   yeast mixture and beat thoroughly.  Add currants, retaining the brandy for
   later.  Sift in flour, add brandy, beat well.  Place in tube pan or 9x5
   loaf pan that has been well greased.  Cover with a cloth and place in warm
   place away from draft.  Allow to rise until doubled in bulk.  This mixture
   rises very slowly and may take 4 to 6 hours to double in bulk.
        Bake at 375øF for about 45 minutes.  Cool in pan briefly.  Turn out on
   rack, allow to cool further.  Then brush with lemon or orange glaze (recipe
   to follow).
   Source:  The First Ladies Cookbook - 1969 . Chapter on Abraham & Mary
   Posted by:  Sandy May 11/93
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