This was my mother’s, it has sugar, but no eggs, no butter and no milk It’s from the depression era.
1 In a saucepan combine the shortening, water, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves and sugar. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove form heat and let stand until cool.
2 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 9×13 inch baking pan.
3 Stir the flour and baking soda into the cooled raisin mixture and mix until just combined. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
4 Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes.