Beat 1 lb butter until white. Also beat until white ½ lb sugar and ⅔ lb eggs (the eggs must be weighed together with their shells). Mix the sugar and eggs with the butter. Sprinkle on ½ lb finely pounded almonds and 1⅓ lb currants which have been sorted over, washed, and wiped dry. Add 1 zolotnik each nutmeg, ground cloves, and cinnamon, plus a little ginger. Mix all this as well as possible, sprinkling on ⅔ lb flour. Add ½ glass each Malaga and French wine.* Cut out the hair mesh from a small sieve and set the sieve rim on a baking sheet lined with buttered paper.** Add the prepared dough and place in the oven.