Currant Slices with Spiced Apple Syrup

Ingredients
Black Currants – 175 gms / 6 oz
Cinnamon stick – 1′ piece
Apple juice – 300 ml / 10 fl oz
Plain white flour – 175 gms / 6 oz
Baking powder – 2 tsp
Unsalted butter,softened – 175 gms / 6 oz
Caster sugar – 175 gms / 6 oz
Eggs – 3,beaten
Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
Oil or butter for greasing

Method

  • Place the currants,cinnamon stick and apple juice in a saucepan and bring to the boil.Remove from heat and leave to stand for several hours or overnight.Drain the currants thoroughly,pressing the juices through a sieve,reserving the juices and cinnamon stick.Set both the sieved currants and juice aside.
    *Preheat oven to 180C/350F or gas mark 4.
    *Grease and line a 12/9′ rectangular tray bake tin[you could use a 9′ square tin as well if you don’t have a tray]
    *Sift together flour and baking powder,reserve.
    *In a large bowl,cream together the butter and sugar till fluffy.
    *Mix in beaten eggs and vanilla extract and beat well.
    *Add the flour mix little at a time and beat well till you get a smooth batter.
    *Stir half of the reserved currants into the mixture and spoon into the prepared tin.Spread the remaining currants over the top.
    *Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until risen,firm and golden brown.
    *Meanwhile,boil the reserved juice and cinnamon stick rapidly to reduce by about half,until slightly syrupy.Discard the cinnamon stick.
    *Cut the cake into slices and serve warm with the hot syrup spooned over.

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