1/2 c butter or shortening (if using butter, soften)
1 c sugar
1 egg, well beaten
1 tsp baking soda
1 10 oz can condensed tomato soup
1 3/4 c all purpose flour
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 c. chopped nuts
1/2 c raisins
Cream butter and sugar together with a pastry blender or mixer until smooth.
Add egg and mix well.
Dissolve soda into soup and add to sugar mixture. This part is really fun for kids to take part in, as the soup will foam up and overflow as you mix it. Mom always made sure that the kids were present for this event!
Add flour, salt and spices and fold to incorporate. If you are using nuts or raisins, add them as well and fold gently.
Bake in a 350 degree, pre-heated oven for thirty minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool and set before removing from the pan, and allow to cool completely before slicing.