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Seed Cakes for Christmas Eve, Epiphany


On the Feast of Epiphany, Little Christmas, Nollaig na mBan, it would have been usual to cook Seed Cakes. Ditto for St. Stephen's Day (December 26th), also known as Boxing Day,

SOURCE:The Art of Irish Cooking by Monica Sheridan (Gramercy, 1965)

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
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2-1/2 cups sifted cake flour1/2 teaspoon baking powder1-1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds2 tablespoons Irish whiskeyExtra caraway seeds for dusting on top

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cream the butter and the sugar together until white and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, with a dust of flour. Beat well after the addition of each egg. Sift the flour with the baking powder and fold gently into the egg mixture with the caraway seeds. Add the whiskey and pour the mixture into an 8-inch cake pan that has been lined with wax paper. Scatter some caraway seeds on top. Bake for 1 hour. Reduce the heat toward the end of the baking time.