Minnie's Boiled Spice Cake
Alice Sullivan & Harriet Stanley--Minnie Stanley's recipe
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups raisins
2 ½ cups water
1 cup lard (lard is in original recipe but you can use other shortening--Harriet)
4 cups flour
1 heaping teaspoon soda dissolved in a little hot water
½ cup nuts (or more), if desired
Boil sugars, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, salt, raisins, water, and lard for 6 minutes; let cool.
Add flour, soda, and nuts. Pour into 9 x 13 pan. Bake 1 hour at 350º. Harriet: Plain with whipped cream or brown sugar frosting. We like it just plain.