As I was cleaning closets this weekend, I found a box of my mother-in-law’s recipe. My mother-in-law immigrated from Germany after World War I when her aunt, who was already in America sent her a ticket for passage on a boat to America. She eventually married another German immigrant and they settled in the Hudson River Valley. This is a recipe that one of her friends gave her in 1952. It combines applesauce, nuts and raisins to make a tasty dessert or snack. Add a dollop of whipped cream for additional delight!
1 cups all-purpose for
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
Sift together all of the above dry ingredients. Then blend:
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1 cup raisins mixed with 1 tablespoon of the sifted dry ingredients
1/2 cup shortening
12 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg and mix thoroughly
Add alternately sifted dry ingredients and 1 1/4 cups applesauce
Blend in floured nuts and raisins. Mix thoroughly.
Pour into lightly greased, floured, 9 x 9 x 2 inch pan.
Bake in moderate oven (350 degrees) for 45 to 50 minutes. Cool and enjoy! You can also add a powdered sugar glaze. I used 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar mixed with 2 tablespoons of milk.