Fruit Cake


1/4 pound butter, or 1/2 cup shortening
1 cup dark-brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tsp Lemon Extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup molasses
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Ground Allspice
1/2 tsp Ground Mace
1/4 tsp Ground Cloves
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 cup milk
2 cups small pieces mixed candied fruit
1/2 cup small pieces candied citron
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Butter two 9×5-inch loaf pans, line them with foil, then butter the foil. Cream the butter or shortening, add the brown sugar, and beat until light. Add the lemon extract and eggs and beat well. Stir in the molasses and blend. Mix together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, mace, cloves, and salt; beat into the first mixture. Add the milk and beat until smooth. Stir in the candied fruit, citron, raisins, and pecans, and mix well. Spoon into the pans and bake for 1 to 1 1/4 hours, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Turn out onto racks to cool. When completely cool, wrap well and store in an airtight container.