HAPPY BIRTHDAY Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain)
Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) was born on November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri. He wrote under the pen name Mark Twain and went on to author several novels, including two major classics of American literature: "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." He was also a riverboat pilot, journalist, lecturer, entrepreneur and inventor. Twain died on April 21, 1910, in Redding, Connecticut.
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- 2- 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. Saigon cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg or ¼ tsp. dried nutmeg
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- 1 cup eggnog (low fat is fine)
- 1/2 cup salted butter, melted
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon rum extract or 1 tsp.dark rum, optional
- 1 cup fresh cranberries, halved
- 1 TB. sugar mixed with 1/2 tsp.cinnamon
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- Dash freshly grated nutmeg or regular ground nutmeg
- 2 to 3 teaspoons eggnog
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan or 3 mini loaf pans.
- In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, eggnog, melted butter, vanilla, and rum extract (if using). Beat well 3 minutes. Add egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir just until moistened (batter will be lumpy).
- Mix cranberries with cinnamon sugar mixture and gently stir into batter.
- Spoon batter into the prepared pan. Bake for about 30 minutes for mini loaf pans or 40 minutes for standard size loaf pan. Check for done-ness when a toothpick to the center comes out clean.
- Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, remove and cool completely on a rack.
- Prepare icing: Combine sugar, vanilla, and nutmeg. Stir in enough eggnog to reach drizzling consistency.
- Option: add toasted coconut on top of glaze for contrast.