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Pioneer Cake Is Still Delicious 200 Years Later

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The brave families who tamed the west hundreds of years ago faced incredible odds. They were forging their own destiny while facing food shortages and dangerous weather in a place where they didn't know anyone but their own family. Everything about life in a covered wagon was difficult, including cooking.

Food was taken very seriously by the pioneers - their life depended on it - and nothing was wasted.

The incredible recipes they created in spite of their conditions shows the ingenuity of the pioneers. Take this cake for example: it's made without eggs, milk or butter, but it's still delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 teasponn cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Note: you can include other kinds of dried fruit to suit your taste

Click to the next page for the directions!

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