Raisin Cake

(Mary Jane Scouten)

1 cup raisins simmered in 2 cups of water for 20 minutes; drained, reserving 1 cup water, cool; and raisins.

1 cup white granulated sugar
1/2 cup Crisco all-vegetable shortening
1 large egg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 3/4 cups white flour, sifted
pinch salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Prepare raisins, reserving 1 cup of liquid.  If you don't have 1 cup of raisin juice, add water until you do.  Allow juice to cool.  In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, shortening, and egg until smooth.  Mix in cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, flour, salt, and vanilla, along with the raisins and reserved juice.  Pour into a greased 9x9-inch baking pan and bake in 350 degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.