Ruby's Boiled Fruitcake

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READY IN: 55mins
Recipe by Rutecki Family

This is the one "must have" recipe that we request each time we visit our parents. Throughout our life we were raised that this was a war recipe that our Grandma Ruby used to work with the limited rations. Recently, however, our mother has discovered links for the recipe going back to the 1800's.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 12 cup oleo
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon clove
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 12 cup nuts
  • 12 cup dates
  • you can substitute the 1 cup dates and nuts with any combination mixed nuts and dried fruit
  • 2 cups flour, sifted with
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract


  1. Mix together in cooking pan oleo, cinnamon, cloves, salt, raisins and fruit and nuts. Put all ingredients on stove and let come to boil. Set aside to cool.
  2. When lukewarm, add flour, soda and lemon extract.
  3. Bake in 9-inch square pan at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. No need to frost. Tastes better if allowed to set 24 hours.

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