2 cups boiled water
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 lb raisins
3 cups flour
1 tsp of each: salt, cinnamon, nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp baking soda
optional: 1 cup dates, currants, raisins, nuts
Combined with boiling water, brown sugar, shortening and raisins.
Bring back to boil for 5 minutes.
Combine with liquid, flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking soda and optional items.
Place in greased pan and bake in 325 oven for 30 minutes.