- 1/3 cup sorghum molasses
- 1/2 cup honey
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3 eggs
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 cups milk
- Whipped cream
In a large mixing bowl, beat molasses, honey,
oil and eggs until well-mixed.
Combine dry ingredients and add alternately with
the milk to the egg mixture.
Pour batter into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 45-50 minutes or until
a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Serve warm or at room temperature with chilled
- Sorghum is a native of Africa, but its drought resistance makes
it a crop that grows well in Oklahoma. Oklahoma ranked number six
in the nation in the production of grain sorghum in 2006.
- Most of the sorghum grown in Oklahoma is grain sorghum, used as
a feed for cattle. Sorghum is also grown as silage, another form
of cattle feed. In many parts of the world sorghum is an important
food for people, too. It is made into unleavened breads, boiled porridge
or gruel, malted beverages, popped grain, and syrup, from sweet sorghum.
Sorghum is the fifth most important cereal crop in the world, after
wheat, rice, maize, and barley.
- Early in our history sorghum syrup was widely used as a sweetener
because sugar was rare and expensive. Like sugar and honey, sorghum
syrup is high in calories.The calories from sorghum syrup are not
empty calories like those from sugar, though. Sorghum syrup is a
source of iron, calcium and potassium. Before the invention of daily
vitamins, many doctors prescribed sorghum as a daily supplement for
people with deficiencies in these nutrients.
- Sorghum syrup is available in grocery stores in the form of sorghum
molasses, although true molasses is made from some of the byproducts
from sugar. Molasses is a main ingredient in gingerbread. Gingerbread
is a traditional Christmas treat made into gingerbread houses and
gingerbread men. For the pioneers gingerbread was often served with
meals as a bread, like cornbread.
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