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Grandma George


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Great gifts for giving
The perfect addition to any gift basket
Great idea for the holidays or any special occasion


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~ Glazed Irish Tea Cake ~

~Cake~
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar 2 t pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
3 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 3/4 cups cake flour
1 1/4 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1 cup dried currants or dates
2/3 cup buttermilk

~Glaze~
1/2 cup confectioners sugar, sifted
2 t fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 325F.
With rack in center of oven. Generously grease a 9 inch loaf pan.
Dust with flour; tap pan over sink to discard excess flour. Cut
piece of parchment paper or waxed paper to fit bottom of pan. Set
aside. For Cake: Use mixer to cream butter, sugar and vanilla until
fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating each until fluffy. Add cream
cheese. Mix until well combined. Sift flour, baking powder and salt
together. Put currants (or dates) in small bowl. Add 1/4 cup of flour
mixture to currant and stir until well coated. Add remaining flour to
batter, alternating with buttermilk. Mix until smooth. Use wooden
spoon to stir in currants and all of the flour. Stir until well
combined. Transfer batter to prepared pan. Smooth surface with
spatula. Bake until well-browned and toothpick inserted into center
comes out clean, about 1 hour, 25 minutes (time will vary with
individual ovens). Cake will crack on top. Let cake rest in pan for
10 minutes. Use flexible metal spatula to separate cake from sides
of pan. Carefully remove cake from pan to cooling rack. Spread glaze
on warm cake. Let cake cool completely. Cake can be stored 3 days
at room temperature in foil. Cake can also be frozen up to 3 months,
wrapped airtight. For Glaze: Combine sugar and lemon juice in small
bowl. Stir until smooth.

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For gift giving place cake slices in a holiday tin.
Decorate tin with country graphics. Embellish with
a homespun-fabric bow. Add gift tag.


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ENJOY!!

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