Prep 25 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
Light orange and spice flavor in this English transplant to the American South. From BIscuits, Spoonbread and Sweet Potato Pie.
- 1 cup butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 orange, zest of, grated
- 6 eggs, separated, at room temperature
- 3⁄4 teaspoon whole coriander seed
- 1⁄2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 3⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 tablespoon sherry wine
- 1 tablespoon Bourbon
- 1 tablespoon brandy
- 1 pinch salt (optional)
- 1 pinch cream of tartar (optional)
- Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until very light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the zest and mix well. Beat in the egg yolks, one at a time.
- Grind the coriander seeds to a fine dust. Combine with the nutmeg, salt, flour and cornmeal. Add to the butter mixture. Beat in the sherry, bourbon and brandy.
- Whip the egg whites (salt and cream of tartar help stabilize them) until soft peaks form. Fold one-third of the egg whites into the batter to lighten. Fold in remaining egg whites.
- Pour into a greased 9-inch loaf pan. (If your loaf pan is 7 inches, you'll have enough batter left for a large muffin or two). Bake at 325 for 90 minutes. Cool slightly in pan, then turn out and cool completely.