2c. sifted flour ½ c. shortening
1 ¼ c. sugar 1 1/2c. unsweetened applesauce
½ tsp. baking soda 2 eggs
1 tsp. baking powder 1 c. raisins (1/2 c. if using dates)
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. each: allspice, Optional:
cinnamon, nutmeg, ½ c. chopped dates
cloves ¾ c. walnuts
Sift flour and other dry ingredients into a mixing bowl. Add shortening and applesauce: beat for 2 minutes. Add eggs; beat for 2 more minutes. Blend in fruit and nuts.
Bake in a greased 9x9 pan at 350 degrees for 55 or 60 minutes.
When cool top with ice cream or a favorite icing.
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