1/2 cup Dried Currants, raisins or cranberries
2 TB Dark Rum or Water
1 cup Unsalted butter, room temp
2 cups Sugar
3 large Eggs, room temp
3 cups All-purpose flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Salt
1/8 tsp Freshly grated orange zest
1 cup Eggnog
1 tsp Nutmeg
1 TB Vanilla extract
3 TB Orange Juice
1 TB Dark Rum
3/4 cup Granulated sugar
Oven Temp ~ 325°
Baking Time ~ 55 -
Pan Type ~ 10 inch Bundt pan
Adjust rack to lower third of oven.
Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter until creamy, 30-45 seconds. Add sugar, beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Scrape bowl with a rubber spatula occasionally. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.
At very low speed, add dry ingredients in 4 additions, alternating with eggnog mixed with vanilla (begin and end with dry ingredients). Scrape bowl occasionally. Gently fold in orange zest, currants and any remaining rum.
Spoon Eggnog cake batter into pan, spread evenly. Bake eggnog bunt cake until cake springs back when touched lightly in the center and pulls away from the sides of the pan. You can also use a long toothpick or thin bamboo skewer and insert into the thickest part of the Bundt cake to check for doneness.
Remove cake from oven and cool upright in pan on a rack for 10 minutes.
Prepare glaze by blending together sugar, orange juice and rum.
Invert cake onto a rack, over a sheet of waxed paper. Use a pastry brush to brush the surface of the eggnog bunt cake with the glaze. Cool completely before serving.
Did you say you're on a diet?
No desserts for 20 years?
Do you pass the cake and candy sections
With some heartfelt sighs and tears?
Go ahead !! Bake those gooey
Sticky sweet forbidden things.
But first put on your jogging outfit.
Your tennis shoes and exercise fling.
Run in place while stirring;
Time your cakes with jumping jacks.
Ten deep knee bends between ingredients.
Use that kitchen for a workout track.
And when you're out of breath and panting.
Pot holders around your prize.
Jog to the nearest 90 pound neighbor
And leave her your 1000 calorie surprise!