Election Cake is a traditional cake historically served at the time of mustering or elections in early America. It is a sour-leavened caked sweetened with unrefined cane sugar, molasses, dried fruit, brandy, white wine and spices. This recipe calls for sourdough starter which you can find online or make yourself.

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  • 4½ cups sifted soft whole white wheat flour
  • 1¼ cups buttermilk or sour milk
  • ¼ cup proofed and bubbly sourdough starter
  • ½ pound butter
  • 1 cup unrefined cane sugar
  • ¼ cup blackstrap molasses
  • 1 tablespoon white wine
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon finely ground sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 cups dried currants

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  1. In the basin of a stand mixer , beat the flour together with the milk and sourdough starter until it forms a ball. Then oil a large glass bowl , plop the dough into the bowl and cover it securely. Allow the dough to rest at least 8 and up to 12 hours.

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