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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