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John Garner Cake

Yield 2 loaves

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups raisins
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

How to Make It

  1. Place 2 cups water in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Add raisins, shortening, sugar, cinnamon, and cloves. Cook 10 minutes; remove mixture from heat, and cool.

  2. Dissolve soda in 1/2 cup hot water; add to raisin mixture. Add flour and salt; mix well.

  3. Spoon batter into 2 greased 8 1/2- x 4 1/2- x 3-inch loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes; invert onto serving platter.

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