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Thursday, 24 December 2009

Eggnog Pound Cake



Some people hate mince pies. Some people hate Christmas pudding. Some people I know, even hate fruit cake!



I know . . . there is just no pleasing some people . . .



I'm pretty sure this will please them though.



Eggnog cake. Moist, delicious and fragrant with the smells of orange, nutmeg and, well, egg nog!



A nice fat slice of this, with some ice cream or whipped cream on top, will go down a treat with even the pickest guest you may have at your table over the holidays. I guarantee!



As Tiny Tim would say . . . God bless us, everyone!



*Eggnog Pound Cake*
Makes 1 10-inch bundt cake
Printable Recipe

A deliciously festive cake filled with the lovely flavours of eggnog, cranberries and orange. This smells just fabulous when it is baking! Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

1/2 cup dried cranberries (50g)
2 TBS dark rum or water
1 cup butter, room temperature (8 ounces)
2 cups white sugar (400g)
3 large eggs
3 cups flour (420g)
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup storebought eggnog (250ml)
(See note below)
1 tsp vanilla
1 TBS freshly grated orange zest

For the Glaze:
3 TBS orange juice
1 TBS dark rum (or an additional TBS of orange juice)
3/4 cup sugar

Pre-heat the oven to 160*C/325*F. Grease and flour a 10 inch bundt pan really well. Set aside.

Place the cranberries in a small bowl and cover with the rum or water. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream the butter and sugar to gether until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Add to the creamed mixture, on low speed, alternately with the egg nog, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Fold in the orange zest, cranberries and any liquid in the bowl. Spoon the batter into the prepared bundt pan, smoothing the top over. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes or until it tests down when a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a rack.

Prepare the glaze by blending together the orange juice, sugar and rum, until the sugar is about melted. Using a pastry brush, brush this glaze all over the surface of the warm cake, brushing it again and again until all the glaze is used and has been absorbed by the cake. Serve at room temperature, cut into slices with your preferred accompaniment.

Note - if you are unable to get eggnog use an equal amount of whipping cream and increase the measure of grated nutmeg to 1/2 tsp.


9 comments:

Julie said...

This sweet cake would certainly please THIS guest, I can tell you! I can almost taste it--what a beautiful creation!

Much love to you on this Christmas Eve--almost an hour of it left for us--a lovely Christmas morning for you already--hope it's a lovely one! I'll check in with you tomorrow night--enjoy every moment!

heather @ what's blooming this week said...

Eggnog - yum. Eggnog in a cake - even yummier. It's going to land on my hips anyways - this might make the trip a little longer. Hope you and Todd have a wonderful English Christmas. God bless us, everyone.

Celestial Charms said...

Such detailed photos of another of your scrumptious creations. Marie, your pictures are so vivid...after the last one, my mouth was awaiting the heavenly topped fork to come through my screen. Just the natural progression of photos, I thought. Too bad that didn't happen. Merry Christmas!
Maureen

Chele said...

Yum - this cake could be the answer to all our Christmas blues in this family, one person likes one thing but not another and so on. This would tick all the boxes.

Hope you've had a great day and have managed to put your feet up at some point ;0)

Merry Christmas.

Leonora said...

A merry and blessed Christmas to you, Marie!
Thank you for all your yummy recipes, which are a gift every day of the year!

Joy said...

What beautiful texture that cake has! And O it must taste good too! Merry Christmas!

staci said...

This sounds (and looks) fabulous, I'm going to have to try it. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas :)

Amanda said...

HEAVEN!! :)

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

This is exactly what I was looking for... I'm using the last of the eggnog for the season.

Stop by and you can have a slice with me :-)