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Mom's Currant Cake

  • yield: Makes 1 loaf




  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, or half and half
  • 1 heaping tablespoon molasses
  • 12 tablespoons room temperature (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
  • 3/4 cup Demerara sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups currants


  1. Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Butter a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan; set aside.

  2. Step 2

    In a small saucepan, heat the cream over medium heat. Stir in molasses. In a medium bowl, cream the butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add the sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating to combine after each addition. Stir in the cream mixture, then the currants. Add the dry ingredients and beat to combine.

  3. Step 3

    Pour into prepared pan, and bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour 15 minutes.