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Old Fashioned Dark Fruit Cake

Ingredients

4 cups applesauce
1 1/2 cups shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 cups flour
4 tsp soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 pkg (10 oz) pitted dates (chopped)
1 pkg (16 oz) raisins
1 carton (16 oz) glazed fruit
1 cup chopped nuts ( I use pecans)

Instructions

In large saucepan heat applesauce. Add sugar & shortening and stir till melted. Cool.
Mix together dry ingredients and add dates, raisins, fruit, and nuts. Mix making sure you don’t have any clumps of glazed fruit.

Add cooled applesauce mixture and mix well. Pour batter into 4 (5×9) loaf pans that have been well greased and floured.

Bake at 300ø for 1 hr. 45 min. to 2 hr. Depending on your oven. Test with toothpick. Let rest 10 minutes and turn out on rack to cool. Better flavor if you let it set overnight before your taste test. Store in airtight container.

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