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Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 gill of milk
  • 1/4 pound of butter
  • 1/4 pound of powdered sugar
  • 2 ounces of grated bread
  • 1 table-spoonful of mixed brandy and wine
  • 1 tea-spoonful of rose-water
  • 1 tea-spoonful of mace, cinnamon, and nutmeg, mixed
  • 1/4 pound of currants

Instructions

Pick the currants very clean. Wash them through a colander, wipe them in a towel, and then dry them on a dish before the fire.

When dry take out a few to scatter over the top of the cheesecake, lay them aside, and sprinkle the remainder of the currants with the flour.

Stir the butter and sugar to a cream. Grate the bread, and prepare the spice. Beat the eggs very light.

Boil the milk. When it comes to a boil, add to it half the beaten egg, and boil both together till it becomes a curd, stirring it frequently with a knife. Then throw the grated bread on the curd, and stir all together. Then take the milk, egg, and bread off the fire and stir it, gradually, into the butter and sugar. Next, stir in the remaining half of the egg.

Add, by degrees, the liquor and spice.

Lastly, stir in, gradually, the currants.

Have ready a puff-paste, which should be made before you prepare the cheesecake, as the mixture will become heavy by standing. Before you put it into the oven, scatter the remainder of the currants over the top.

Bake it half an hour in rather a quick oven.

Do not sugar the top.

You may bake it either in a soup-plate, or in two small tin patty-pans, which, for cheesecakes, should be of a square shape. If baked in square patty-pans, leave at each side a flap of paste in the shape of a half-circle. Cut long slits in these flaps and turn them over, so that they will rest on the top of the mixture.

You can, if you choose, add to the currants a few raisins stoned, and cut in half.

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Source

Seventy-Five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats (1832).


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