Pat’s Christmas Cake
4 ½ c. raisins, seedless 2 ½ c. flour
2 c. white sugar 1 tsp. cinnamon
2 c. water (substitute ½ - 1 c. rum or brandy)
¼ c. shortening ½ tsp. allspice
2 c. diced dates 1 tsp. baking powder
½ c. cherries, diced 1 tsp. baking soda
½ c. diced candied fruit (opt) ½ tsp. salt
½ c. finely chopped nuts
Boil raisins for 5 minutes with sugar and water/rum. Then add shortening.
Separately, sift flour with cinnamon, allspice, powder, soda and salt over dates and other fruits/nuts.
Mix until fruit is all coated. Beat 2 eggs. Blend the floured fruit into the syrup mixture alternately with eggs until everything is combined. Bake at 300*F oven for 1 ½ hours. I did mine in the convection oven for 90 minutes and it was perfectly done. You can check to see if it is done earlier, when the sides separate from the pan or by inserting a toothpick. Makes 1 large cake pan or two loaf pans.