Archive for May 2010

African Cuisine

May 26, 2010

I learned from a LinkedIn group that May 25 was African Cuisine Day so I googled African recipes and found something Egyptian that sounded good.  The Egyptian civilization baked bread and cake 2600 B.C. but they probably didn’t make Keeka Baladi min Shokolata because they wouldn’t have had all the ingredients back then.

It’s very easy.  Just dump all the ingredients in a bowl, stir, and pour into greased pan, and bake at 350 for 35 minutes.  The ingredients are as follows:  2 cups flour, 2 cups sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 3/4 cup cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon vanilla, 2 eggs, and 1 cup hot coffee.

It’s almost like a cake and although it’s rather high in fat and cholesterol, one serving provides almost a third of your daily protein and 30 percent iron, as well as 20 percent calcium and 20 percent vitamin E.   It is moist and chocolatey.  I served it with strawberries and whipped topping from a can.  Although it doesn’t taste too sweet, you might be able to cut down on the sugar amount, and use egg whites instead of whole eggs.  Try it!