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Newsletter for Linda on 07/08/09 regarding Depression

My mother, Aunt, and Grandmother all made this cake.
They called it "Poor Man's Cake". It is delicious. We make ours in two bread pans.

Poor Man's Cake

1 cup raisins cooked in 2 cups water almost dry.
Mix raisins with 1 cup shortening to dissolve while raisins are warm.
2 cups sugar
1 cup cold water
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon cocoa
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 to 3 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda *
2 tablespoons hot water and mix with soda *
1 cup chopped walnuts(if you like)

Mix all of the above and place in two loaf bread pans that have been greased and floured. Bake at 350 degrees for a half hour and then turn oven up to 375 degrees and bake another half hour.
Cool and take out of pan. Slice like for bread. Enjoy.

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