For the ZB Base: Prepare hot, sterilized jars for canning: either 6 pints or 3 quarts. Set aside. Over medium heat in a large pot combine all ingredients. Bring to a bubbling boil, stirring occasionally, and skim off foam. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes more. Pour immediately into prepared hot sterile jars and seal. (If you want to prepare them in a boiling water bath instead, process for 15 minutes.).
FOR CAKE: Prepare the ZB Base. For the cake, you will be using 1 cup of the ZB. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray or grease a loaf pan. In a mixing bowl, combine ZB, oil, molasses, eggs, and vanilla and mix thoroughly. In a separate bowl, combine the salt, baking soda, baking powder, and flour. Add the combined dry ingredients to the ZB bowl and mix well, then stir in raisins. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 50 to 55 minutes or until a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean. Let cool in pan. This cake is even better the second day! :).
FOR PIE: Prepare the ZB Base. For the pie, you will be using 2 cups of the ZB. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine the ZB and remaining pie ingredients, then pour into the uncooked pie shell. Bake in the preheated 375 degree F oven for about 45 minutes, or until the pie is firm and lightly browned. Best served cold.
FOR COOKIES: Prepare the ZB Base. For the cookies, you will be using 1 cup of the ZB. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray your cookie sheets with pan spray. In a mixing bowl, cream together the sugar and butter or margarine. Add the ZB and beaten egg and mix. In a separate bowl, combine the salt, baking soda, and flour. Add the combined dry ingredients to the creamed mixture/ZB and mix well to complete the cookie dough. Add the vanilla and mix again. Flour a flat surface and roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut into cookie shapes then place onto pre-sprayed cookie sheets. If desired, sprinkle with colored pastry decorations. Bake cookies in preheated 350 degree F oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Makes 5 dozen cookies.