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Victorian Currant Cakes - England

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Serves 12 dozen | Prep Time | Cook Time


2 cups currants
1 cup brandy heated
2 cups plus 4 Tablespoons sweet butter
2 heaping cups sugar
2 whole eggs
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
5 cups flour

Soak currants in brandy for 30 minutes; drain and reserve brandy.

Cream butter with sugar until light and fluffy.

Add eggs and egg yolks with spices and mix well.

Add 2 teaspoons reserved brandy and the currants and mix thoroughly.

Gradually add enough flour to make a smooth but light dough.

Wrap in waxed paper and chill 1 hour.

Pinch off small pieces of dough and roll between floured hands to balls about 1 inch in diameter.

Arrange on a buttered cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.

Flatten each cookie with the tines of a fork.

Bake in preheated 350ºF oven for about 10 minutes or until pale golden brown.

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These Victorian Currant Cakes are not cakes at all, but delicious cookies which are served at Christmas time. This recipe we found in our cookbook "Visions of Sugarplums."

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