Recipe for Excellent Holiday Fruitcake


1 lb raisins
1 1/3 cup water
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup shortening
2 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cloves, ground
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, ground
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 lb holiday fruit
2 eggs


1. In a medium sized saucepan, combine the sugar, raisins and water, and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes. (Note, you may substitute 3/4 cup light brown sugar and 3/4 cup granulated sugar; you may also substitute 1 cup of water and 1/3 cup light rum).

2. Meanwhile, while the raisin mixture is boiling, add 1/4 cup short- ening.

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, spices, soda and powder. Mix well, and add the holiday fruit and nuts.

4. In a small bowl, beat the eggs well. When the raisin mixture has boiled for 5 minutes, QUICKLY add the egg mixture to the raisin mixture and then QUICKLY add all to the flour mixture and blend well.

5. Pour into a lightly greased tube pan and bake at 300F for 1 1/2 hours.

6. Cool completely.

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