This article is from the Children Allergies and Asthma FAQ, by Eileen Kupstas Soo email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
[adapted from _How to Cook a Wolf_ by MFK Fisher]
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
Sift these together.
1/2 cup shortening
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon other spices (cloves, mace, ginger..)
1 cup chopped raisins or other dried fruit (prunes, figs, etc.)
1 cup sugar, white or brown
1 cup water (note: you can substitute coffee for part of the water)
Put these ingredients in a pan and bring to a boil. Cook five
minutes. Cool thoroughly. Add the sifted dry ingredients and mix
well. Bake 45 minutes or until done in a greased loaf pan in a 325
to 350 (F) oven.