Friday, December 23, 2011

Depression Cake (Christmas Raisin Fruitcake) - Margaret Ullrich

Nobody's touching the fruitcake.
But, a proper Christmas requires that everybody eats something 
that's got dried fuit in it.
Helps to keep things moving, so to speak.

And the dried fruit thingy should be spicy.
As in cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

No, we don't want Mexican just yet.
Chili pepper would just make matters worse.
It's almost Christmas.
Everybody has enough agita.
The bottle of yukky pink bismuth is almost empty.

I've got just the thing.
Depression Cake.

No, I'm not being snarky.
This recipe is quick, easy and cheap.
And it has raisins.
It was a popular recipe during the Dirty Thirties.
That's why it's called Depression Cake.

Considering how the world's economy is, it's due for a comeback.
Big Time.

                        Depression Cake

Grease an 8 inch square pan
Preheat oven to 350Âș

In a large pot place
2 Cups water
1 Cup raisins
Let boil 5 minutes.
Stir in
1 Tablespoon oil
Let it cool.

Sift together
2 Cups flour
1 Cup sugar
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt

Add to cooled raisins and water
Pour into prepared pan.
Bake 35 minutes.

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