Farm Fruit Cake
1 cup boiling water
1 cup finely chopped salt pork
1 cup molasses
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, separated
1 cup chopped seedless raisins
1 cup chopped dates
4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cloves
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1+1/2 teaspoons lemon extract
Pour the boiling water over the pork; add the molasses and sugar; beat well.
Beat the egg yolks and add to the pork mixture.
Dredge the raisins and dates in 1/2 cup of the flour. Sift together the remaining flour, cloves, cinnamon and baking soda; add to the salt pork mixture; mix well. Add fruit and lemon extract.
Beat the egg whites until stiff and then fold in to the pork mixture.
Grease and flour two, 9-inch by 2-inch loaf pans; pour in the batter. Bake at 275 degrees for 1+1/2 to 2 hours. Makes 2 loaves.
"Brer Rabbit New Orleans Molasses Recipes," Penick & Ford, Ltd., Inc., 1948
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