BOILED RAISIN CAKE

Boiled Raisin Cake

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Irana Grenier

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@sweetangel

This is an Olde English recipe that has been in my family for generations. This recipe was made before refrigerators. There is no milk or eggs in it. This cake makes a great gift.

Rating:

★★★★★ 2 votes

Comments:
Serves:
10-12
Prep:
35 Min
Cook:
1 Hr
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

  • 1 c
    shortening, butter flavor
  • 2 c
    sugar
  • 2 c
    water
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
    salt
  • 1 tsp
    allspice, ground
  • 1 tsp
    nutmeg
  • 1 tsp
    cloves, ground
  • 2 tsp
    cinnamon, ground
  • 1 c
    raisins
  • 3 c
    unbleached white flour
  • 1 c
    chopped walnuts, plus 3 halves for each cake
  • 1/8 c
    brandy (opt.)
  • VANILL SAUCE:

  • 1 c
    milk
  • 1/2 c
    plus 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 large
    egg yolks
  • 2 Tbsp
    sugar
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp
    butter

How to Make BOILED RAISIN CAKE

Step-by-Step

  1. Boil sugar, shortening, water, raisins and spices for 5 minutes; remove from heat and let cool completely.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together; add to cooled mixture stirring by hand.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Pour cake mixture into a large greased and floured loaf pan or 3 smaller aluminum loaf pans and place walnut halves across the top of cake(s). Bake for 1 hour, stick a toothpick in center of cake, if it comes out wet bake for an additional 10 minutes. Cool; pour brandy over the top of the cake and cover with aluminum foil. Let sit in a dark place for at least 3 months for the raisins to ferment.
  4. For Vanilla Sauce: Bring milk and 1/2 cup sugar to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
  5. Beat yolks and 2 Tbsp sugar together until light and lemon-colored.
  6. Remove pan from heat and pour milk over eggs, stirring vigorously. Pour milk mixture into pan and heat, without boiling, until thickened.
  7. Remove from heat; add vanill and butter and stir.
  8. NOTE: This cake will keep for quite awhile. If it should become hard around the edges, just make the vanilla sauce and pour over it.

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About BOILED RAISIN CAKE

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: English
Other Tag: Quick & Easy



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