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.
- 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
- Boil all of the ingredients except the baking soda mixture, the flour and the baking powder for 2 minutes. Let the mixture cool.
- Add in the last three ingredients and bake the mixture in a flat pan at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
- When the cake is ready to serve you should be able to slide a toothpick in and out without pulling out any cake. Enjoy!
You can top this with some icing sugar or frosting to make it a little sweeter, but there's something to be said for the authentic pioneer experience!
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