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Federal Cake

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sour milk*
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup nuts, chopped
  • 1/3 cup raisins, chopped
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs. Sift flour and spices, add baking soda to sour milk and mix alternately with flour. Flour raisins and nuts and then mix into cake. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted. Cover with boiled frosting.

*Sweet milk and baking powder can be used instead of sour milk.
Submitted by Tess M May 30, 2009


15 min 30 min 45 min

Raisins

  • Raisins are high in antioxidants which are considered by many scientists to slow the aging process and prevent cancer
  • Raisins are gluten-free
  • A serving of raisins (1.2 ounces) contains 110 calories
  • Raisins were dropped by "Raisin Bombers" in Berlin during WWII to feed children
  • The first written reference to rasisns was in the Old Testament during the reign of King David, 1000 B.C.

Cinnamon

  • Add cinnamon to your desserts to help with digestion of your meal
  • Many natural health experts recommend a half teaspoon of cinnamon per day to enjoy health benefits
  • Test cinnamon for freshness with your nose: Fresh cinnamon has a sweet smell
  • Cinnamon sticks will stay fresh for about a year if kept in a cool dry location while cinnamon powder will hold fresh for about half a year
  • Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde which can regulate hormone production in women
  • A study from the Kangnam Korean Hospital showed that cinnamon reduces arthritic pain
  • Some diabetic patients eat cassia cinnamon to lower blood sugar
  • Cinnamon comes from the inner bark of an evergreen tree that thrives in warm, humid climates
  • Cinnamon is a source of good health containing fiber, iron, and calcium

Sugar

  • The American Heart Association recommends the following for daily sugar intake: 9 Tsp (Men), 5 Tsp (Women), 3 Tsp (Children)
  • The average american consumes over 20 teaspoons of sugar per day
  • Most sweeteners including sugar and fruit extracts, cane juices, honey, syrup, etc. have a fructose/glucose ratio of approximately 50/50
  • Fructose is found in sugar and most sweeteners and is unhealthy because it goes straight to the liver causing diabetes and heart disease
  • Sugar is sometimes referred to as "evaporated cane juice"
  • Many people choose sugar over high fructose corn syrup because sugar is not as highly processed
  • Consumption of sugar increases insulin levels, increases energy, but then leads to a drop in both and likely a craving for more food
  • Sugar is a carbohydrate with about 9 calories per sugar cube
  • About 40% of the world's sugar production comes from Brazil
  • The fully mature sugar cane stem can grow as tall as five meters
  • Sugar cane and sugar beet are the most common sources of refined sugar
  • Sugar is sucrose which can is found naturally in many plants
  • Christopher Columbus is credited with bringing sugar to the Americas
  • The process of creating sugar through evaporation of the sugar cane juice began in India
  • The earliest known production of sugar dates back to 9000 BC in the southwest Pacific island of New Guinea

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