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Easy Fruit Cake

Submitted by Helen Martell, Montague

This fruit cake will make two loaf pans, one tube cake or four small loaf pans.

Put 1 pkg. (15­oz.) raisins and 2 cups water into a pan and boil for 15 minutes. Take off heat and add 1 cup of cold water. Let stand until cool. Cream 2 cups sugar and 1/2 cup shortening.

Sift 41/2 cups flour, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 Tbsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. cloves, 1 tsp. nutmeg. Dissolve 1 Tbsp. baking soda into 1/4 cup warm water. Add all the above together, mix and add 1 cup nuts and a cup candied fruit peel or mixture of maraschino cherries and green cherries cut up. Bake at 350 F (175 C) in greased pan or pans for over 1 hour, depending on the size of the pan.

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