Carbohydrates may come cheap but they are the chief source of energy. They provide most of the energy in the diet and supply an appreciable amount of protein. About 50-57% of our calories should come from carbohydrates, to supply us with energy to keep us alive, alert, awake and enthusiastic. Root crops that have high starch content include cassava. Cassava has the biggest amount of starch (34% ). Cassava is commonly served as suman or boiled, topped with sugar and grated coconut. It can also be served into a special treat during parties yet economical. Cassava cake is delicious and provides significant amounts of carbohydrates to supply the energy needs of the active child, growing teener, busy housewife and working father. Below is the recipe for special cassava cake:
5 cups cassava, grated
2 cups sugar
1 cup powdered whole milk
2 eggs, beaten
5 cups coconut milk
Mix thoroughly the first four ingredients.
Add coconut milk and mix well.
Pour into a greased baking pan.
Bake in moderate heat for about 45 minutes or until the top is almost dry.
Remove from oven.
Pour condensed milk evenly on top of cassava cake then sprinkle with cheese.
Bake again until golden brown ot until cheese and milk melt.
Source: May-June 2004 issue Health and Home
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