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From "River Road Recipes II... A Second Helping," published in cooperation with your Daily InBox newsletter.
 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1-1/4 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons rum
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 4 cups sifted flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange rind (optional)
TO PREPARE:

     Stir together the boiling water, sugar, honey, baking soda and salt until the sugar dissolves.  Mix in, thoroughly, the rum and cinnamon.  Stir the flour in slowly to make a smooth batter.  Add the grated orange rind, if desired.  Pour the batter into a well buttered loaf pan (9 x 5 x 3 inches).  For the first 10 minutes, bake in a very hot oven, 450 degrees, then reduce the temperature to moderate, 350 degrees, for one hour longer, or until it tests done.  Turn the bread out on a wire rack to cool.  Slice bread thinly and spread with butter.  It is even more delicious the second day.  May be baked in two smaller pans (7-1/2 x 3-1/2 x 2-1/4 inches).  In this case, reduce the total cooking time by 15 minutes, or until they test done.

YIELD: 1 large or 2 small loaves

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