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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

From the Art of British Cooking - A recipe for Old English Cider Cake

What could be better on a cold day than a delightful slice of warm cake by the fire?

This is so simple yet so delicious!  Serve it with a slice of fruit or bacon or simply enjoy it all by itself.  
Begin by creaming 4 heaping tablespoons of butter with 4 heaping tablespoons of sugar.  Yes, the recipe says heaping.  
Add 2 eggs (well beaten) to the mixture.
Mix 1 cup of flour with 1 teaspoon of baking soda.  Add half of this mixture to the butter, sugar and egg mixture.  
Add 1/2 teaspoon of grated nutmeg and mix well.
Using a whisk, beat 1/2 cup of cider to a froth and add to the mixture.  I used some of the cider we pressed on Christmas Day!  Perfect.
Add in the remaining flour mixture and beat well.
Pour the batter into a greased 9 x 9 baking dish.
Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes or until golden brown. 
It smells wonderful!
Pour a cup of coffee or tea and eat it while hot.  It's very moist and the hint of nutmeg is lovely.
Enjoy it by the fire if you can.
 On a chilly morning like this, it's a great accompaniment to bird watching!

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