Carl's Fruitcake

1 cup brown sugar         1 tsp nutmeg                                          1/2 cup nuts or to taste
1/3 cup shortening         1 tsp cinnamon
1 3/4 cup water             1 lb candied fruit
1 tsp salt                        1 pkg (8 oz) dates (chopped) or raisins
Combine and boil 3 minutes
Cool then add:
2 cups flour
1 tsp soda
Bake at 350   One hour for large loaf.  Test with toothpick.
Makes one loaf pan or 5 small loaf pans

We buy the dates already chopped. It makes a darker loaf.

We have extra fruit as we add a cup of just candied cherries.

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