Make this Rustic, Nut-and-Spice-Filled Earth Cake Recipe in Time for Earth Day


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Maybe you're bored by cooking and eating the same stuff repeatedly. Or, you're hankering for an exciting new recipe to try. Here's one that can be applied to either situation. And, it's just in time for celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. (And by the way, Earth Day can actually be whenever you feel like it, not just on the traditional April 22 date.)

This recipe is so easy that even a youngster could probably whip through it. You'll have to scrape together a few items which you may not have laying around, such as rum and brandy flavoring, sesame seeds, and nuts. But for this recipe, these are as essential as the flour; don't leave them out. Given the current social-distancing constraints, perhaps a family member or friend can drop these extras off on your doorstep — don't be afraid to ask!

Now, the Earth Cake isn't a gentle cake; it's rough and rugged, hearty and brown. Even if you're a fumbling, know-nothing klutz in the kitchen, you'll be able to follow these directions with results guaranteed to please. If you're an experienced cook with years of culinary triumphs under your apron, this cake will excite your friends after the first bite and make them shamelessly demand that you share the recipe.

A mixer isn't necessary for this cake. A wooden spoon, a big bowl, and a strong arm will work just great. If you set out everything beforehand, it can become a family effort, with each person adding an ingredient as you go and watching it develop.

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