Monday Morning Post
The Thrifty Kitchen
Lots of taste for not much money
Oh, those frugal days of the Depression when folks had to squeeze every penny out of a dollar.
If you're on a tight budget these days (and who isn't) this taste of the past will help you stretch your pennies painlessly.
Makes 1 (8 inch square) cake
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup dark brown sugar (lightly packed)
1/3 cup canola oil
1 3/4 cups raisins
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon water
Position oven rack so cake will bake in center. Preheat to 325 degrees. Grease pan or coat an 8 inch square pan with baking spray.
In a medium sauce pan, combine water, sugar, oil and raisins. Cover. Bring to a boil over high. Remove cover. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
Dissolve baking soda in water and stir into pot containing the raisin mixture. (Mixture will foam).
In a small bowl, combine spices, baking powder, salt and flour. Stir flour mixture into raisin mixture combining well.
Pour into prepared pan. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in pan. Cut into squares for serving.