Gumdrop Fruit Cake

4 cups unsifted regular all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4teaspoon each ground cloves and nutmeg 1/4 teaspoons soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 package (15 oz.) golden raisins 1 to 2 pounds gumdrops (do not use grape or licorice-flavored ones)

1 cup 1/2 lb.) butter or margarine

1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

2 cups sugar

2 eggs, well beaten

1 can (1 lb.) apple sauce

1 teaspoon vanilla

Sift flour with the cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, soda, and salt. Coat the raisins with some of the flour mixture.

Put some of the flour mixture on a board and coat the gumdrops with it. Working on the floured board, cut the gumdrops into small pieces (the flour keeps them from sticking to each other).

Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a small saucepan. Saute the pecans in the butter until they are golden brown and crisp. Cool, then coat in some of the flour mixture.

Cream the remaining butter and sugar together until well blended and fluffy. Combine the eggs, apple sauce, and vanilla.

Add apple sauce mixture and flour mixture alternately to the creamed butter and sugar. Stir in raisins, gumdrops (including any flour from the cutting board), and nuts.

Have ready three 71 by 35 by 214 -inch loaf pans, which have been greased and then lined with greased brown paper. Pour the thick batter into these. Bake in a 300° oven about 2 hours, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and the cakes are golden brown. Makes 3 small loaf cakes.



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