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I would like a recipe for Canadian war cake. Thank you.

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Dominic Miranda, Palm Harbor

A recipe for this cake was originally published in 1918 in a community cookbook during World War I when rationing made eggs and butter scarce, according to Ian Mosby, a Canadian food historian. Katherine Tapp of Oldsmar shares a recipe she got from a friend many years ago. This is an easy recipe to make but it's important to know that it should sit for a day before slicing and serving. I did slice and taste the cake (that looks more like a bread) right after it cooled because I know some of you will do that. I implore you to wait. It's much more flavorful the next day. It's full of raisins. If you only like a few, cut back the amount.

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Canadian War Cake

2 cups seedless raisins

cup butter

1 cup brown sugar, well packed

½ teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg

½ teaspoon ginger

1 cup hot water

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ cup orange juice

1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 10 ¼-

by 3 ⅝-inch loaf pan.

Combine raisins, butter, brown sugar, spices and water in a heavy saucepan. Place on high heat and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 6 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer raisin mixture into a large bowl. Let stand

at room temperature for

30 minutes.

Meanwhile combine flour, salt and baking soda and mix gently.

When the raisin mixture cools, add the dry ingredients, orange juice and vanilla.

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Allow cake to cool in pan for 10 minutes then remove from pan to cool completely on wire rack. Let cake sit at least one day before slicing.

Source: Katherine Tapp of Oldsmar

You Asked For It: Canadian War Cake 12/04/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 3:30am]
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