Christmas Rum Sponge Cake

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Christmas Rum Sponge Cake. Homemade dessert or appetizer recipe for any Holiday. Serve in fancy glasses for a special treat for your adult guest.

Christmas Rum Sponge Cake
Ingredients
Sponge Cakes:
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon raw sugar
  • 1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 tablespoons butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
Rum Syrup:
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups superfine sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 slices of a lime
  • 2 slices of an orange
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
Instructions
Sponge Cakes:
  1. Warm milk in a small saucepan. Whisk yeast, warmed milk and sugar in a large bowl until combined. Cover; let stand in a warm place about 10 minutes or until frothy.
  2. Add sifted flour and eggs to yeast mixture; mix to a soft dough. Knead dough on a floured surface about 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in a lightly greased large bowl, cover; stand in a warm place about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  3. Grease four 12-hole, 1-tablespoon mini muffin pans.
  4. Mix butter and raisins into dough; knead on a floured surface until combined. Roll 1 rounded teaspoon of dough into a ball and place each in a pan hole. Cover pans; stand in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  5. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  6. Bake cakes for 20 minutes or until browned lightly; cool in pans.
  7. Meanwhile, make Rum Syrup. Instructions below.
  8. Place cakes in a large heatproof bowl; pour over hot syrup. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour for syrup to soak in; refrigerate 1 hour before serving.
Rum Syrup:
  1. Stir the water, sugar, vanilla bean, cinnamon sticks, lime and orange in a large saucepan over medium heat, without boiling, until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, without stirring, 8 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in rum.

Makes 48 sponge cakes.

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