Irish Whiskey Cake with Irish Cranachan Recipe

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Irish Whiskey Cake with Irish Cranachan

From Dorothy McNett's recipes at This is a great big combination of 2 favorite Irish desserts. Cranachan is a dessert native to Scotland and Ireland. The Cranachan is usually served as a pudding/custard in tall glasses with fresh berries but it is also very nice served as if it were a traditional whiskey sauce along side of the slices of cake.

for the cake:
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups raw sugar
4 eggs
1 2/3 cups Irish whiskey
4 cups unbleached whole wheat, or all purpose unbleached flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt (Celtic Sea Salt)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup currants, or other dried fruits such as golden raisins

for the Cranachan:
1/3 cup slivered or chopped raw almonds
2/3 cup rolled oats
1 1/4 cups whipping cream
1/4 cup raw honey
1/4 cup Irish whiskey

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Oil or butter a 10 - 12 cup bundt pan. (or use a 9 by13 inch baking dish if desired) If the butter is cold, place in a glass or ceramic batter bowl and soften the butter about 1 minute in microwave on half power, but do not melt it. Using electric beater, cream the butter with the sugar and eggs until light and fluffy. Add the whiskey. In a separate bowl whisk the dry ingredients to blend well, and then with a spoon or spatula fold the dry ingredients into the batter, adding the currants. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until cake tests done, possibly up to a total of 1 1/2 hours. Allow to cool in pan on a rack for a least 30 minutes,and then loosen and invert onto a platter. Cut and serve with the Cranachan.

For the Cranachan: In a heavy bottomed skillet toast the almonds with the oatmeal for 1-2 minutes, stirring. Remove to bowl and allow to cool. Whip the cream with the honey and then blend in the whiskey and the toasted mixture. Serve in tall glasses as a single dessert, garnished with fresh raspberries or other berries in season. Or, use as a sauce to be served with the Irish Whiskey Cake. Enjoy!

Recipe created 2015-06-08.

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