Monthly Archives: March 2013

Marble Pound Cake

marble pound cake

I have a yummy recipe for you today!  It’s, again, been some time since I last posted anything, but you mamas know how busy you get being “Mama.”  I was recently asked if I get to bake much anymore.  The answer:  I’m starting to pick back up on it some.  Just this week, I made two loaves of bread (one recipe’s worth), hamburger buns, spaghetti sauce (which I used to make lasagna), baby food, and play-dough!  Whoo-hoo!  Okay, so you wouldn’t want to eat the play-dough, but I did have to cook it.  😀  I will post the recipe for it soon.

For today’s post, however, I have a Marble Pound Cake.  I saw it on Pinterest, and you can find the original recipe here:  http://www.the-baker-chick.com/2013/02/27/marble-pound-cake/.  I made it for a Ladies’ Luncheon that I went to last Saturday.  I may have mixed mine a bit too much because it’s not quite as pretty as the one on the above site, but it still tasted good.  I came home with just a couple of slices left.  Believe it or not, it’s simpler than you might think to make.  It is a little time consuming, but simple.  If you know how to make a checker-board pattern, you know how to make this cake.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cup cake flour (If you don’t have cake flour, use about 1 5/8 cups all-purpose flour and 3 tbsp. cornstarch.)
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract (or 2 tsp. imitation vanilla flavoring)
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk, room temperature (or 2 tsp. white vinegar and enough milk to make 2/3 cup of liquid)
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp. cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark.)
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp. boiling water
  • butter or spray for loaf pan

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees.  Generously spray or butter a 9×5-inch loaf pan; set aside.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined after each addition and scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
  5. Mix in vanilla.
  6. Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the flour.
  7. Scoop 1/3 of batter into a small bowl and set aside.
  8. In a separate small bowl, mix the cocoa and boiling water until smooth.
  9. Add cocoa mixture to the small bowl of cake batter; stir well.
  10. To assemble the cake – Start by creating a checkerboard pattern in the bottom of the pan by spooning dollops of each batter on opposite sides of the pan.  (I did six dollops of batter, three on each side of the pan.)
  11. Continue to make layers with the cake batter, alternating the pattern on top of itself (chocolate on white, white on chocolate).  *Note:  The original recipe only does three layers of batter, but my batter was thin.  I had several layers, so many I didn’t even bother counting.  I just repeated the pattern over and over until I used up all the batter.
  12. To marblize the cake, use a knife or a skewer to swirl the batter together.  Make a couple of figure 8s and run it back and forth until it is swirled and pretty.
  13. Bake the cake until a toothpick comes out clean, anywhere from 40-60 minutes.  I needed about 55 minutes for my cake to be completely cooked.
  14. Transfer pan to a rack to cool about 10 minutes.  Turn out cake and cool completely on the rack.  Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature.

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Medical Uses Of Cinnamon and Honey

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I saw this posted on Facebook, and I figured you all would find it interesting.  God always provides for our needs, but our pill-popping culture always wants the fast, easy way to a cure.  Now, many of these “home remedies” have been forgotten to time and looked on with derision by educated minds.

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Drug companies won’t like this one getting around. Facts on Honey and Cinnamon:

It is found that a mix of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also note honey as very effective medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects which is also a plus.Today’s science says that even though honey is sweet, when it is taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm even diabetic patients. Researched by western scientists:

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, put it on toast instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol and could potentially save one from heart attack. Also, even if you have already had an attack studies show you could be kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of cinnamon honey strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.

ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients can benefit by taking one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken daily even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain — and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.

BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder….who knew?

CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol-could be cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses, and it’s delicious too!

UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also is said to clear stomach ulcers from its root.

GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals

INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ‘Ingredient’ which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of boiling water to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans increase and even a 100 year old will start performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

RASPY OR SORE THROAT: When throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.

PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS:Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin Infections.

WEIGHT LOSS:Daily in the morning one half hour beforebreakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder three times a day for one month.

FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., the vitality of the body increases within a week.

BAD BREATH: People of South America, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing.

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