Mrs. Wilder’s Sailor’s Duff

2 tbs. butter, softened

2 tbs. sugar

1 egg, beaten

½ cup molasses

1½ cup flour

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. baking soda

½ cup boiling water

1 tsp. vanilla

½ cup raisins or currants (optional)

Cream together butter, sugar, beaten egg, and molasses.

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Mix in flour, salt, and baking soda.

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Then add in boiling water, vanilla, and raisins or currants.  (To spice it up, you can add 1 tsp. ground ginger.)

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To bake:  Pour into greased loaf pan and bake in water bath at 350°F for about 50 min. to 1 hr.

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To steam:  Pour into greased metal container (traditionally a coffee can) and steam on the stove top about 1 hr.

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Cook until inserted knife comes out clean. Serve warm with sauce and ice cream if you like.

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Sauce:

½ cup butter

3 tbs. cream

½ cup sugar

½ tsp. vanilla

Combine all ingredients and stir over hot water until blended.

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