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Honey Tea Cake Ages Well: Serve Some Now, Some Later

Magazine article Sunset

Honey Tea Cake Ages Well: Serve Some Now, Some Later

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Honey tea cake ages well. Serve some now, some later

Bits of apple and dates contribute to the moist texture of this honey-sweetened tea cake. Although it's good fresh, it also ages well. To enjoy both styles, divide the large newly baked cake into four "loaves.' Serve some now; wrap the balance to age.

Honey Tea Cake

1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) butter or margarine, at room temperature

1 cup mild-flavored honey

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon each baking soda and ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon each ground ginger and salt

1 1/2 cups (8 oz.) snipped dates

1 cup chopped walnuts

2 cups coarsely chopped peeled apples About 1 cup brandy or rum (optional)

In a large electric mixer bowl, beat butter until creamy. Gradually add honey in a thin stream, beating constantly until well blended. Beat in egg and vanilla.

Stir together flour, soda, cinnamon, gin ger, and salt. …

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