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Ingredients

1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup margarine
2 eggs
2-1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup chopped maraschino cherries
Topping:
Orange juice
Coarse sugar

Instructions

In a large mixing bowl, cream sugars and margarine. Add eggs and mix at medium speed for two minutes. Stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt. Add flour mixture and pumpkin alternately to sugar mixture. Beating on low speed until combined. Stir in raisins, nuts and cherries. Pour into a well-greased and floured 10-inch fluted tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees about one hour or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack. If desired, brush with orange juice concentrate. Top with coarse sugar. Serve with whipped cream or cinnamon ice cream. Serves 12 to 14.

Carol Ann Degen
Davenport



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