Cake Sarah Can Eat (or vegan boiled raisin cake)

It has been a long time between posts because this is a tricky post to write. A few weeks ago my wonderful 92 year old Nana passed away. She was somebody who lived her life full of love and passion and determination. And she got to leave this life on her own terms, completely sound of mind and surrounded by family. A few months ago she gave me her recipe box. Before I was born my Nana, being a pragmatic Scottish woman, did not believe in allergies. She subscribed to the medicine of suck it up and get over it. But when I came along and spent a few nights in hospital as a small child she rose to the occasion and went out of her way to find recipes that I could eat. To go to Nana and Grandpa’s house was to be very well fed. When my sister and I walked in the door we would be given deep dish apple pie, or spice cake, or a chocolate cake, or shortbread cookies or any number of other delicious treat. So this post is for my Nana and all the Nana’s out there that have helped to shape their grandkids into the people they are today.
This recipe was typed up on a recipe card with the title “Cake Sarah Can Eat”
This is an incredible simple recipe. You basically grab all your ingredients (except the flour and baking soda) and throw them in a pot. You let the mixture boil and then simmer.
Until it looks like this (also first post from my new kitchen, how exciting!)
You add the flour and baking soda mix it all together, pop it in a greased cake pan and wait a bit.
Then while it is still warm out of the oven you cut off a piece and eat it! Nice photography be damned, I wanted a taste of my childhood right away! Simple and delicious.
Cake Sarah Can Eat: Boiled Raisin Cake
1 1/2 cup raisins
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup water
1/2 cup shortening
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp cloves
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
icing sugar (optional)
In a medium saucepan combine the raisins, sugar, water, shortening, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves.
Bring to a boil stirring constantly. Let cool to lukewarm.
Pre-heat oven to 350
Mix in flour and baking soda.
Pour mixture into a greased 8 inch square baking pan
Bake for 25-30min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean
When cool sprinkle with icing sugar if desired.

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