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Maritime War Cake

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"This eggless cake was developed by resourceful cooks during the war when eggs, butter, and milk were rationed. It is a traditional Christmas cake here on the East Coast of Canada. Served with a nice big hunk of Cheddar cheese and a hot cup of tea, it is a real holiday treat!"
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1 h 50 m servings 221
Original recipe yields 24 servings


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  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a round tube pan or two loaf pans.
  2. Bring water, raisins, molasses, sugar, and shortening to a boil in a saucepan; reduce heat to low and simmer until raisins are plump, about 5 minutes. Allow to cool.
  3. Whisk flour, baking soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl. Stir flour mixture into raisin mixture until well combined; pour into prepared baking pan.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean, about 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 221 calories; 5.9 41.6 2 0 60 Full nutrition

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Very moist. Lots of raisins. A little sweet, but good with a cup of coffee.

I wouldn't mind it being a little less sweet. But otherwise pretty good. I usually don't cook with shortening, but you had me at cheddar cheese. :-)