Steamed Currant Cake Recipe

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Steamed Currant Cake
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  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup lard
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/8 cup boiling water
  • 1/8 cup brandy


  1. Grease and flour a 9x5 inch loaf pan and line bottom with parchment paper. Sift together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt. Set aside. Place a rack in the bottom of a large pot, over medium heat, and fill to the top of the rack with boiling water.
  2. In a large bowl cream the lard and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the eggs. Mix in the walnuts, chopped raisins, currants, dates, bread crumbs, and orange juice. Stir in the flour mixture until smooth. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Cover the top with 2 layers of parchment paper and tie down with string. Place the pan on the rack. Cover pot and steam cake for 3 hours. Make sure to add water as it evaporates. Serve warm with Hard Sauce.
  4. To make the Hard Sauce: In a saucepan cream 2 tablespoons butter and 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar. Add 1/8 cup boiling water and 1/8 cup brandy. Cook, stirring, until clear and pour over individual servings.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 5934.51 Kcal (24847 kJ)
Calories from fat 2865.65 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 318.41g 490%
Cholesterol 583.17mg 194%
Sodium 3390.62mg 141%
Potassium 4233.61mg 90%
Total Carbs 720.35g 240%
Sugars 449.35g 1797%
Dietary Fiber 43.47g 174%
Protein 76.84g 154%
Vitamin C 74.9mg 125%
Vitamin A 0.3mg 9%
Iron 19.8mg 110%
Calcium 592.8mg 59%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 401.87 Kcal (1683 kJ)
Calories from fat 194.06 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21.56g 490%
Cholesterol 39.49mg 194%
Sodium 229.6mg 141%
Potassium 286.69mg 90%
Total Carbs 48.78g 240%
Sugars 30.43g 1797%
Dietary Fiber 2.94g 174%
Protein 5.2g 154%
Vitamin C 5.1mg 125%
Iron 1.3mg 110%
Calcium 40.1mg 59%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 144.4
  • 164

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • good source of fiber

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Sugar,
  • High in Total Fat

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