You've gotta love the world wide web! It connects kindred spirits in a heartbeat and turns thousands of miles into a chat over the fence with a great neighbour.  Case in point Barbara Albritton of Tulsa, Oklahoma.  We share a great affinity for Canada's East Coast and, truth be told, a great affection for Jake Doyle...but that's another post 😉

We're grateful to Barbara for sharing her family's traditional holiday recipe  along with this note.

"Even though we would have gladly eaten these any time of year, Mother ONLY made this at Christmas time.  The Applesauce Cake was her “go to” gift for neighbors, the mailman, etc.  Our dining room table was covered with pre-wrapped and be-ribboned loaves for almost all of December.

P.S. - The photograph above was taken at Sprague Lake (with Hallett and Long’s Peaks in the background) in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.  In July, 2011 I was lucky enough to get to travel to Denver to see Great Big Sea in concert (so there is an Atlantic Province connection)." BA

Thanks for contributing Barbara - we're so happy you found us.

2 cups sugar

2 cups applesauce

½  cup  butter

1 cup raisins

½  cup chopped pecans

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp cloves

1 tsp nutmeg

2 tsp baking soda

3 cups flour

Preheat oven to 350.

Cream butter and sugar. Add applesauce;blend spices, baking soda and flour together and add to applesauce mixture.

Before adding raisins dredge in a little flour to keep them from clumping and sinking.

Bake 1 hour and 35 minutes (test after 1 hour and 15 minutes) in greased and floured loaf pans or bundt pan.

Cooking time may vary depending on size of loaf pans used.

Makes great holiday gifts!

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