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Civil War Fruitcake Recipe

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This recipe for Civil War Fruitcake, by , is from The Kentucky Reb's Cookbook , one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.


Added: Tuesday, August 24, 2010


3 Apples (medium,peeled & diced)
2 C. Raisins
2 C. Water
1 C. Sugar
1 C. Brown Sugar
2 Tsp. Shortening
Combine above items and cook for 5 minutes in large pan.
Remove from heat and cool. In large bowl, sift together:
3 C. Flour
2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Cloves (ground)
1 tsp. Nutmeg
1 tsp. Cinnamon
Add apple/raisin mixture and stir well.
Add 1 C. chopped nuts.

Pour into greased and floured tube cake pan.
Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until done.

This is an original 1860 recipe.
If you use self-rising flour, omit salt and baking soda. If you use 1C. Molasses (more period appropriate) omit 1 C. Sugar.




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