2 cups butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
9 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon mace (I didn't use this)
2 tablespoons brandy (optional, I actually couldn't taste this)
4 cups cake flour (I used all-purpose flour)
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar (I used baking powder instead)
1/2 teaspoon salt
9 egg whites, whipped until stiff
2 teaspoons caraway seeds (I also used 2 teaspoons poppyseeds)
1/3 cup shaved citron or candied orange peel (I didn't have this)
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind (I used about a tablespoon of orange zest instead)
Cream together butter and sugar, then add egg yolks, vanilla, mace and brandy. Sift together flour, cream of tartar (or baking powder) and salt. Mix the flour blend into the butter mixture. Fold in the 9 whipped egg whites. Add caraway, poppy and citrus. Mix well and pour into baking pan.
Bake at 325' F for 25 minutes (or 1 hour 15 minutes for loaves). Allow to cool. Enjoy with plain yogurt or a cup of tea while reading your book.
This makes 24 little round seed cakes (I used my muffin tins)! Or two rectangular loaves.