The traditional pound cake recipe calls for one pound of flour, one pound of butter, one pound of eggs, and one pound of sugar. Wow, that’s quite a few pounds, and if you ate a few slices of a traditional pound cake, you might pack on a few pounds too. Well, here’s a gluten free version that has a lot less sugar, but contains the full buttery, and moist satisfaction that you want
plus the alluring flavor and scent of cardamom. This beautiful spice was a favorite of Cleopatra, and it is rumored that she used a perfume blended with cardamom that enticed and befuddled both Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony. Cardamon was also one of the spices that grew in the Hanging Gardens of Nebuchadnezzar II.
I will elaborate on the excellent health benefits of cardamom in the next section, but first, for you history buffs, here’s an old recipe for pound cake that you may find to be of interest. It comes from an 18th century cookbook, The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy by Hannah Glasse.
Pound Cake Recipe from the 18th Century:
“Take a pound of butter, beat it in an earthen pan, with your hand one way, till it is like a fine thick cream; then have ready twelve eggs, but half the whites, beat them well, and beat them with the butter, a pound of flour beat in it, and a pound of sugar, and a few caraways; beat it well together for an hour with your hand, or a great wooden spoon. Butter a pan, put it in and bake it an hour in a quick oven.”
(Quite frankly, the recipe looks rather hard, but then they were used to hard work in those days. The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy is still in print if you want to take a glimpse into how they cooked back then.)
Cardamom Health Benefits
- aids digestion
- carminative (this means that it is soothing to the stomach, and helps to dispel gas)
- aphrodisiac (good for your mood, love life and health!)
- contains minerals such as iron, potassium, and magnesium
Here’s my favorite place to get stevia powder and other organic spices, such as ground cardamom, or essential oils:
For Love of Food & Friends,
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