Irish Whiskey Cake

Part 2 of my teatime series and just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. The recipe calls for 1 1/2 hours in the oven but mine was ready in 1 hour and 15 minutes, so I would keep an eye on it.

Irish Whiskey Cake

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup glace cherries, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup dark muscovado sugar
  • 2/3 cup sultans
  • 2/3 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup currants
  • 1 1/4 cup cold tea
  • 2 1/2 cups self-raising flour, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons of Irish whiskey

Directions

  1. Mix the cherries, sugar, dried fruit and the tea in a bowl. Leave to soak overnight until the tea has been absorbed into the fruit.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and line a loaf pan. Add the flour then the egg to the fruit mixture. Mix well.
  3. Pour the mixture into the loaf pan and bake for 1 1/2 hours or till a knife comes out clean by inserting it in the middle.
  4. Prick the top of the cake and drizzle the whiskey over the loaf while it’s still hot.
  5. Allow cake to sit for 5 minutes before taking out of the pan.

 

Banana and Ginger Teabread

Afternoon Tea at The Connaught hotel in Mayfair, London was one of the best afternoons we had on our honeymoon. The hotel, the food, the view of Mayfair, and the impeccable service! A wonderful experience, that I try to recreate on most afternoons. Not as grandeur as in London, but a cup of tea and a snack takes me back there.

Banana and Ginger Teabread

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup of self-rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/3 cup of muscovado sugar
  • 1/3 cup of ginger,  chopped
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 2 ripe bananas

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and line a 1 pound loaf pan. Sift the four and baking powder into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Rub the butter into the dry ingredients in the bowl until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  3. Stir in the sugar. Add the milk and the chopped ginger. Mash the bananas and mix into the contents of the bowl. Mix together until a soft dough is formed.
  4. Spoon into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Serve slice, spread with butter.