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Saturday, February 07, 2009

Egg Nog Pound Cake



This cake was made out of necessity. After the Christmas Holidays, I had 2 cartons of egg nog , staring at me, every time i opened the fridge and i have to make something out of it or in the trash they will go. This cake would be more delicious with an orange glaze, but knowing me, i am not into extra sugar, can't afford it.



Ingredients:

1/2 cup dried currants, raisins or cranberries
2 Tbsp dark rum or water
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup eggnog mixed with 1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp grated orange zest

Glaze:

3 Tbsp orange juice
1 Tbsp dark rum
3/4 cup granulated sugar

Method:

1 Soak currants,raisins or cranberries in rum or water in a small bowl for 15 minutes.

2 Adjust rack to lower third of oven. Preheat the oven to 325°F (350°F if the pan doesn't have a dark finish). Butter a 9 to 10 inch bundt pan
3 Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter until creamy, 30-45 seconds. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Scrape bowl with a rubber spatula occasionally as needed. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

4 In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.

5 At very low speed, add dry ingredients in 4 additions, alternating with eggnog (begin and end with dry ingredients). Scrape bowl occasionally. Gently fold in orange zest, currants, raisins or cranberries and any remaining rum.

6 Spoon batter into pan; spread evenly. Bake 55-65 minutes, or until cake springs back when touched lightly in the center and pulls away from the sides of the pan. You can also use a long toothpick or thin bamboo skewer and insert into the thickest part of the cake. If it comes out clean, it's done.

7 Remove from oven and cool upright in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes.

8 Prepare glaze by blending together sugar, orange juice, and rum

9 Invert cake onto a rack, over a sheet of waxed paper. Use a pastry brush to brush the surface of the cake with the glaze. Cool completely before serving.






Serves

5 comments:

Wendy said...

This cake looks delicious and moist. May I ask how much eggnog did you use?
Wendy

lilyng said...

wendy

it is in the recipe - 1 cup egg nog

Anonymous said...

Thank you.

Wendy

Anonymous said...

Hi,

Can I know what is egg nog? Is it easily available in the supermarket? Thanks for your advice.

Joey

lilyng said...

joey

read about eggnog here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eggnog.
to replace the eggnog - use 1/4 cup heavy cream, 1/2 cup milk, 1 egg, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add brandy if you wish.

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