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Currant Tea Bread

 Currant Tea Bread
This rich and flavorful bread is a favorite old-time recipe. Because it keeps well and goes great with coffee or tea, I like to have an extra loaf on hand for gifts or for friends who come to call over the holidays.
12 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup dried currants


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time,
  • beating well after each addition. Beat in the milk and lemon peel.
  • Combine flour and baking powder; gradually add to the creamed
  • mixture and mix well. Stir in currants.
  • Transfer to a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for
  • 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes
  • out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire
  • rack. Yield: 1 loaf.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 239 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 50 mg cholesterol, 82 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.