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       Title: BANBURY CAKES
  Categories: Cakes
       Yield: 14 Cakes
     3/4 c  Light cream
     1/2 c  Butter
     1/4 c  Sugar
       1 ts Salt
       1 pk Yeast
     1/4 c  Water; tepid
       2    Eggs, plus 1 white; lightly
     1/4 ts Nutmeg; freshly grated
     1/4 ts Cinnamon
     1/4 ts Cloves
     1/8 ts Mace
       4 c  Sifted unbleached white
            -flour; up to 4 1/2 cups
     1/3 c  Currants
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       3 tb Confectioners' sugar;
            -dissolved in
       1 tb Milk;and
         ds Anise extract
   To make a very good Banbury Cake--Take four pounds of currants, and wash
   and picke them very cleane, and drie them in a cloth: then take three egges
   and put away one yolke and beate them, and straine them with good barme,
   putting thereto cloves, mace, cinamon and nutmegges: then take a pinte of
   creame, and as much mornings milke and st it on the fire till the cold bee
   taken away:  then take flower and put in good store of cold butter and
   suger.  Then put in your egges, barme and meale and worke them all together
   an houre or more: then save a part of the past, and the rest breake in
   peeces and worke in your currants: which done, mould your cake of what
   quantity you please: and then with that past which hath not any currants
   cover it very thinne both underneath and aloft. And so bake it according to
   the bignesse.--Gervase Markham, The English Hous-wife
   Banbury, a town in Oxfordshire, is still famous for its cakes, but today
   the most popular ones are flavored with rum. Still, Markham’s cakes hold
   their own some three hundred fifty years after they were created. Having no
   ale barm, we'll use yeast.
   Banbury cakes, serve warm with butter and jam, are delicious at breakfast
   or tea.
    1.  In a saucepan, scald cream.  Add butter, sugar, and salt. Stir to
   dissolve.  Pour mixture into a large bowl and cool to lukewarm.
    2. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water.
    3. Add yeast, eggs, and spices to cream mixture.
    4. In a large bowl, combine 4 cups of flour and currants, stirring until
   currants are lightly coated.
    5. Add flour and currants to cream