Date Fruit Cake

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Yields:

Categories: Cake, Fruit

Ingredients:

2 cups sugar
1 cup shortening
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
2 cups applesauce
2 tsp soda
1 tbls water
1/2 cup molasses
4 cups flour ...divided

1. Mix soda, water and applesauce together. Cream sugar, molasses and shortening and then mix in the eggs. Mix in salt and flour and stir well.

Mix together:

1 lb candied fruit
2 lbs raisins
1 lb currents (I don't like currents so I add golden raisins instead.)
1/2 lb walnuts
1/2 lb pecans

2. Stir together with the remaining 1 cup of flour and 2 tsp cinnamon.

3. Pour cake mixture over the fruit and nut mixture and mix together...I use my hands for this.

4. Bake in loaf pans that have been greased at 300 degrees for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

This makes a lot of fruit cakes and you can make them in small loaf pans for gifts. Just adjust you baking time.