1 cup dried raisins
1 cup (packed) light or dark brown sugar
1 cup water or milk
1/2 cup vegetable shortening or butter
1 teaspoon each ground cinnamon and ginger
2 cups sifted flour, resifted with 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup walnuts, chopped
Combine the raisins with sugar, water, shortening and spices and simmer for a minute. Cool to room temperature.
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Lightly grease a 9inch square baking pan. Combine cooled raisin mixture with flour and nuts. Transfer to baking pan and bake 1 hour or until a toothpick when inserted in the center comes out dry. Cool in pan and cut into squares.
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