More Apple Cake for Us

More Apple Cake for Us

Jen and I taught a leadership course to high school girls in our community. A small group of the girls recently came over to look at photos from the course. Jen made a delicious apple cake to eat. When she put it on the table, the girls’ faces said what their questions implied. “What is that??!?” Apple cake, Jen explained. “What’s IN it???” said with equal parts disgust and fear. Jen explained that it had flour, eggs, sugar, oil and apples in it. The girls each ate one bite of the cake. “That is too sweet, Madame.” Beninese cuisine features few sweets and people aren’t used to eating sugar the way that Americans do. Instead, they moved onto the almost tasteless packaged cookies we’d bought after anticipating this culinary scenario. I took one for the team and ate most of the cake.

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