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WW2 War Cake

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup water
1 cup raisins
2 tablespoons oil or 2 tablespoons margarine
1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
12 teaspoon clove, ground
1 12 cups flour
12 teaspoon salt
12 teaspoon baking powder
12 teaspoon baking soda
12 cup walnuts, chopped


Place the brown sugar, water, raisins. oil, cinnamon, and cloves in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook gently for 5 minutes, then remove from the heat and let cool until the mixture is comfortably warm to your finger. While the mixture is cooling, preheat t he oven to 350F. Grease and flour an 8x4-inch baking pan. Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Add them to the cooled sugar mixture, beating until no drifts of flour are visible and the batter is smooth. Stir in the walnuts. Spread evenly in the baking pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a broomstraw inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn onto a rack to cool completely. Notes: For a good glaze, even if it is a 90's addition, save back a bit of the hot spiced water. Mix with confectioner's sugar, a drop of vanilla, and a pinch salt. Glaze the cake while hot.

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