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Pinto Bean Cake (D/P, TNT)
Source: "Cookin' Cheap" TV show
Serves: 12

1/2 cup margarine
1 cup sugar
2 cups unseasoned pinto beans, drained and crushed
1 egg
1/2 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 cups raw apples, diced
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup nuts (like black walnuts)
1 cup self-rising flour (or 1 cup all-purpose flour and 1 teaspoon baking powder)

1 lb. confectioners' sugar
2 tbsp. milk (or water) (or more)
1 tbsp. bean soup
1 tbsp. vanilla
1/2 cup margarine

Cream sugar and margarine. Add remaining ingredients. Bake in a tube pan at 350°F degrees for one hour.

Make Icing:
Mix together all ingredients and spread over cake.

Poster's Notes: I saw this recipe on the kooky TV cooking show I'm addicted to, "Cookin' Cheap," a while ago and finally got around to making it this morning. I know it sounds weirder than weird, but it really does taste good. I waited to taste it before sending this in for all of you.

I'm no nutritionist, but I think this cake is less bad for you than many others: only 1 egg, only 1 cup sugar, plenty of fiber (beans, apples, raisins, etc.)

Since it calls for self-rising flour, I've included the substitution I used. I omitted the cloves because I don't have any other than whole the ones I use for Havdalah. I used red beans (made from dry) since that's what I had in the house. I didn't peel the apples (never do). There is no liquid other than the egg. This needs to be mixed by hand. I suppose an egg substitute could be used by those who really need to.

I am including also the recipe for icing but I never ice my cakes (except for my kids' birthdays long ago).

Posted by Marcia Goldberg, Z'L

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A