Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr
From the cookbook "St. George Island Cuisine", this recipe was submitted by Peggy Roche Juppe. I've not tried this recipe but it sounds like it would be tasty. NOTE: the original recipe DOES NOT call for eggs, and all similar recipes I've looked at call for at least one egg -- I've added an egg to the ingredients list. Recipe posted for ZWT8 - Ireland.
- 1 1⁄2 cups raisins (or a mix of raisins, currants or sultanas)
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups water
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 tablespoons hot water
- 3 1⁄2 cups flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon clove (ground)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg, beaten (see NOTE)
- Combine the raisins, sugar and 2 cups water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes.
- Add the butter and stir until it melts.
- Remove from the heat and let cool.
- Dissolve the baking soda in 2 tablespoons of hot water in a small bowl. Add to the raisin mixture.
- Sift the flour, salt, cinnamon and cloves into a large bowl.
- Add the beaten egg, if using (see NOTE).
- Add the raisin mixture and vanilla and stir to mix well.
- Pour into 1 large or 2 small well-greased loaf pans.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 60 to 75 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Remove to a wire rack to cool.
- Remove cake(s) from loaf pan after 5 minutes to cool completely.