Recipes with Cardamom: Seed Cake

| December/January 1996

Makes 8 to 12 slices, 3/4 to 1 inch thick 

Seed cakes were popular in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England. This simple version takes only 10 minutes to prepare in a food processor.

• 3/4 cup butter
• 3/4 cup sugar
• 3 large eggs
• 1/3 cup sherry or milk
• 1 1/2 tablespoons caraway seeds
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
• 1 7/8 cups sifted flour
• 3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a large loaf pan.

2. Put the all-purpose chopping blade in the food processor and add the butter and sugar. Process for 1 minute, or until well creamed. Add the eggs one at a time, processing each addition for 15 seconds. Add the sherry and spices and process for 10 seconds.

3. Sift the flour and baking powder together and pour them on top of the liquid ingredients in the food processor. Process 30 to 60 seconds, or until well blended. (If you don’t have a food processor, cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until they are light, beat in the eggs one at a time, and stir in the sherry and spices and finally the flour mixture.)

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