Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

Ingredients & Directions

3/4 c Currants, dried
3 tb Cognac
1 1/2 c Flour
1 1/2 ts Baking powder
1/2 ts Cinnamon
3/8 ts Salt
6 tb Half and half
1 ts Vanilla
5 oz Chocolate, ex-bittersweet
2 tb Flour
3/4 c Butter; room temp
1 c Sugar
3 Egg; room temp
Semisweet chocolate curls

Heat currants and Cognac in small saucepan until just warm. Cover
mixture and let stand 1 hour.

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350 deg. Butter 6-cup
fluted tube cake pan or 9×5-inch loaf pan. (Line loaf pan with waxed
paper; butter paper.) Dust pan with flour. Sift 1 1/2 cups flour,
baking powder, cinnamon and salt into medium bowl. Drain soaking
liquid from currants into half and half. Add vanilla. Pat currants
dry. Combine currants, bittersweet chocolate and 2 tablespoons flour
in small bowl. Using electric mixer, cream butter in large bowl. Add
1 cup sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs 1 at a
time. Mix flour and half and half mixtures alternately into butter,
beginning and ending with flour mixture. Using spatula, fold in
chocolate mixture. Spoon into prepared pan. Bake cake until center is
springy to touch, about 1 hour.

Cool cake in pan on rack 15 minutes. Run knife around cake. Invert
onto rack. Peel off paper and cool cake completely. Sprinkle with
powdered sugar or spread glaze over top, allowing some to drip down
sides. Garnish with chocolate curls.

8 Servings

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