2 tablespoons shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Juice of 1 orange plus water to make 3/4 cup liquid
1/2 cup chopped raisins
1/2 cup chopped candied cherries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a loaf pan.
Cream the shortening until fluffy. Add sugar and cream. Add beaten egg and vanilla extract.
Sift together dry ingredients. Add alternately with liquid to egg mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir, do not beat.
Toss fruits and nuts in a little flour so that they do not sink during baking. Add fruit and nuts. Spoon into a prepared pan and bake for 1 1/4 hours.
When the loaf has cooled, drizzle your favorite glaze over the top.