Queen's Cake

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The Raleigh Tavern's Bake Shop in Colonial Williamsburg is a favorite destination for Virginia tourists. Queen's Cake, a dense buttery pound cake studded with currants and bursting with bright citrus flavor, is one of the bakery's most popular items. Now you can enjoy this easy dessert in your own kitchen with just a handful of simple ingredients -- no vacation necessary!

Not to be confused with a Queen Victoria Sponge Cake (which is a layer cake with jam in the middle) or a Russian King's Cake (a chocolate layer cake), the Queen's Cake from Colonial Williamsburg is a recipe from 18th century England that has been updated for modern baking. The Colonial Queen Cakes were enjoyed in Virginia homes during the Colonial times, and one of the first known published recipes dates back to The Art of Cookery, Made Plain and Easy from 1760.

This colonial Queen's Cake is a citrus pound cake that's baked in a loaf pan and studded with an abundance of dried currants. It's dense, buttery, sweet and oh-so-decadent! One small slice is all you need to instantly transport you to a different era.

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1 c salted butter
1 c granulated sugar
5 eggs
1 orange zest
1 lemon zest
2 c all purpose flour
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t salt
2 c dried currants
  1. Grease and flour a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well...
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Nutritions

Calories
396

Sodium
331mg
13% DV

Fat
25g
39% DV

Protein
5g
11% DV

Carbs
33g
11% DV

Fiber
2g
8% DV

Blood Orange Tart Recipe

250

Looking for a blood orange tart recipe? Look no further as this is the perfect dessert recipe to end an awesome family lunch or dinner. A zesty and sweet-tart recipe that compliments a summer grill party.

You can use a few different kinds of fats for the pie crust— such as butter, lard, or shortening. But, the taste of the butter is much better than any other type of fat. To make a perfect and flaky crust, make sure that your butter is cold and your water is ice water.

As for the Swiss meringue, do not separate the egg whites directly into your mixing bowl. You need to make sure that you don't get even the slightest amount of yolk on your egg whites. Yolks and water are the most common enemy of a great Swiss meringue. It will prevent aeration and will ruin the whole batch of whites.

Filling:
5 large egg yolks
6 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup blood orange juice
2 tablespoons butter
1 zest of lemon
Meringue:
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/3 cup cold water
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup sugar
5 large egg whites
Crust:
2 cup AP flour
¼ tsp salt
½ cup frozen butter
1/2 cup cold water
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  1. For the crust: Sift dry ingredients into a bowl.
  2. Dice cold butter into a ½ inch cubes.
  3. Mix butter into dry ingredients until you have small clumps.
  4. Roll out the crust to fit...
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Nutritions

Calories
554

Sodium
212mg
8% DV

Fat
21g
33% DV

Protein
9g
18% DV

Carbs
91g
30% DV

Fiber
5g
20% DV

Broiled mackerel with quinoa

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The fish is cooked in the oven on broil. In less than 30 min, your food will be ready. You can eat it with almost anything (rice, quinoa, potatoes, salads).

For the fish::
4 whole fish -mackerel ( gutted and cleaned )
5 lemon grass ( stalks )
1 ginger root peeled ( 1 thump size )
clove(s) garlic ( peeled )
handful coriander ( chopped )
2 each limes ( zest and juice )
1 shallot ( chopped )
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon salt
For sauce::
2 tablespoons wine vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tsp mustard
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp salt
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  • 1.Make four small cuts on each side of your fish.
  • 2.Put all of your seasonings in a food processor and chop them.
  • 3.Insert the mixture in your fishes bellies and small...
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Nutritions

Calories
396

Sodium
2083mg
86% DV

Fat
34g
52% DV

Protein
2g
4% DV

Carbs
23g
7% DV

Fiber
1g
6% DV

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

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Photo by Viana Boenzli

You've absolutely got to try my Chocolate Zucchini Bread. There is no flavor of zucchini...zip, zilch, nada. All you'll taste is fluffy chocolatey goodness.

1 large egg ( at room temperature )
1/4 c butter ( melted, but not hot )
1/4 c applesauce
1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c light brown sugar ( packed )
1/2 c granulated sugar
2 c all-purpose flour
1/2 c cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 c zucchini ( peeled and finely shredded )
1 c chocolate chips ( divided )
Flaky sea salt
Vegetable shortening ( for greasing pan )
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Nutritions

Calories
675

Sodium
265mg
11% DV

Fat
21g
32% DV

Protein
12g
24% DV

Carbs
120g
40% DV

Fiber
9g
39% DV
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