Hobo Raisin Loaf

1-1/2 cup raisins
2 tablespoons baking soda
1 cup boiling water
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons shortening
1 egg, beaten
2 cups flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup nuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 350F. Reduce temperature to 325F if using glass loaf pan. Pour boiling water over raisins and soda. Combine other ingredients with raisin mixture when completely cooled. Bake in ungreased loaf pan for 60 minutes or until done. Cool before slicing.

Serves 12-15.

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana