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My Mom's Christmas Fruit Cake

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Ingredients

3 cups applesauce
2 cups sugar
1 cup shortening or margarine
4-1/2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 pound dates
1 pound raisins
1 pound candied mixed fruit
1/4 pound nuts (walnuts or pecans)
Candied cherries (red and green) to decorate top of cakes

Instructions

Boil applesauce, sugar and shortening for five minutes. Let it stand overnight. Mix dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients, fruit and nuts to the applesauce mixture. Put in greased and floured loaf pans. Bake at 250 degrees for 2-1/2 hours. Put a pan of water in the oven while baking, to keep the cake moist. Decorate with candied cherries.

Neva Hamilton
East Moline



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