Apple Cake from a Pressure Cooker

Pressure Cooking Articles by Diana Walstad

AppleCakeSmall cake made with pure whole wheat flour and filled with a chopped apple.  It is incredibly moist and tender.

Attached is the procedure and recipe for a small Apple Cake that I prepare in a pressure cooker using unpressurized steaming.  The cake is made with pure whole wheat flour.  The cake has much less oil and sugar than most cakes.  This delicious little cake is easy to make, healthy, and tasty.  I describe several variations of this cake (e.g., Carrot-Pineapple, Banana-Blueberry, Sweet Potato, etc.) in my book (page 191).  All are made with pure whole wheat flour. I use an identical steaming procedure for making cornbread and whole wheat bread in a pressure cooker.

Apple Cake straight from the oven.  I steam-baked it in a 6"X2" cake pan inserted in a pressure cooker.Instead of heating up a big oven, I steam-baked this Apple Cake in a 6″ X 2″ cake pan inserted inside a pressure cooker.

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Cornbread (Part 2)

Home ground whole corn produces more creamy consistency.

Pressure Cooking Articles by Diana Walstad

The cornbread batter in this 7” X 2” cake pan contains 1.5 cups of chopped onion and fresh peppers.The cornbread batter in this 7” X 2” cake pan contains 1.5 cups of chopped onion and fresh peppers.

I wanted to scale up my Basic Cornbread Recipe.   My neighbors and I wanted more of this delicious cornbread!  By switching from a 6” pan to a 7” diameter pan, I could scale up the original recipe 1.5 times.  But unlike my wheat flour bread, cornbread didn’t scale up easily.  The attached article Cornbread (Part 2) Scaling Up describes how I fixed the problem.  Also, article describes using fresh peppers and onions, which turns ordinary cornbread into something almost heavenly.

This cornbread Moist and tender cornbread with enough structure to hold it all together. It’s beautiful, healthy, and tastes wonderful.

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Oven v. Steam-baking of Cakes

Yes, the pressure cook-bake methods eliminates the dry hot oven, while locking in the flavor.

Pressure Cooking Articles by Diana Walstad

Apple_Oven (7)Oven-baked cake (l.) was dry and tough compared to steam-baked cake (r).

After sampling many of my breads and cakes, some people have asked me if they can be baked in an oven rather than a pressure cooker. I’d say “No.” They won’t rise as well. I explain why in the attached article Oven v. Steam-baking of Cakes. Moreover, oven-baking requires more fat and sugar to keep the cake moist and tender. [I use 1/5 the oil and 1/3 the sugar in my steam-baked cakes than what I formerly used when I oven-baked them.]
Eventually, I tested my Apple Cake recipe — modified for steaming — by baking one cake in a pressure cooker and one in the oven (PHOTOS). Ingredients and preparation for both cakes were identical. The one baked in the oven was awful (dense, hard, and dry). The one steam-baked in a pressure cooker was wonderfully moist, light…

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The Sandy Hook Massacre and the Merchant$ of Death

Well stated. The Shadow Government is the Secret State that decides issues based on special military-industrial-banking interests.

Collapse of Industrial Civilization


In my previous ‘arms industry’ posts (Guns, God, and Greenback$ as well as Guns ‘R U.S.), I alluded to the revolving door between the arms industry and the government and the corruption of politics by the money involved therein. In one of the most interesting interviews of 2012 aired today on DemocracyNow, arms industry analyst Andrew Feinstein, author of “The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade” and a former African National Congress member of Parliament in South Africa, sheds more light and insight on this very subject:

ANDREW FEINSTEIN: …The global arms trade is a $1.74 trillion-a-year business. That’s $250 for every person on the planet. And the profit motive behind the global arms trade is absolutely crucial. This is a business that is about big, big money. The trade contributes around 40 percent of all corruption in all global trade. So its impact on countries, on governments, on…

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Agriculture Development, Food Security And Nutrition

World Information Transfer

Date/time: 29 October 2013, 10:00 – 13:00

Location: Conference Room 2, Conference Building

Key Speakers: Delegates from India, Jordan, Australia, Russian Federation, USA, Malawi, Kuwait, Myanmar, Ireland, Ukraine, Jamaica, Namibia, Togo, Burkina Faso, Nicaragua, France, Mozambique, Argentina, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Viet Nam, Botswana, Bolivia, Netherlands, Montenegro, Holy See, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, International Fund for Agriculture Development

Summary by: Alexander Luong

During the Second Committee Meeting over the discussion of agriculture development, food security and nutrition, delegates generally focused on the issue of world hunger. Within the global community, world hunger remains as the single greatest challenge that we face today.

Although the number of people that suffer from chronic hunger has decreased from 868 million between 2010 – 2012 to 842 million in 2011 – 2013, one out of every eight people in the world do not get enough food to sustain an active lifestyle.

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