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Nell's Irish Boiled Cake

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"Great tasting and easy. This is similar to a fruitcake."
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1 h 15 m servings 251
Original recipe yields 12 servings (1 - 8x4 inch loaf pan)


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  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the raisins, golden raisins, currants, brown sugar, butter and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until boiling. Boil for 20 minutes, then remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees). Grease an 8x4 inch loaf pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Add the boiled ingredients along with the cooking sherry, mix until well blended. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven, then reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) and bake 15 more minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 251 calories; 8 43.8 3.2 20 176 Full nutrition

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Very easy indeed, and very good too - moist but crumbly. It is a fruit cake as we know them in Ireland and the UK; however I think it's a bit too sweet - a common failing in recipes adapted to t...

This must be the real thing! Served 6 of these cakes at a function at the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago, - we had to put the crumbs out because everybody was clamoring for more!

So many recipes for Irish boiled cakes. I refer to use white flour rather than whole wheat. The latter tends to make it dry and certainly cut back on the sugar a little. Still a pretty good li...

Wonderful!! Delicious!! A must try!