Plum cakes! Those yummy crafts that make you salivate just by the thought of it. Soft, creamy and velvety, they arouse feelings of pleasure with just a touch on the tongue. But why? What makes them so irresistible that we can’t seem to forget them even after they’ve long been digested? What, really, do they possess that makes them stand out from the rest competitors? In other words, are they worth trying this Christmas?
Before we delve into all that, where did they even come from? Who was that thoughtful being that formed its recipe? Aliens?
C’mon. We aren’t even sure they exist yet so that’s not an option. I’m definitely sure though, they wouldn’t mind taking a huge bite. Who would want to miss out on a delicious plum cake? That’s by the way.
Plum cakes originated during medieval times in England. You know those historical days where we picture things as black and white? Yeah. During that time, it was a custom to adhere to a period of ‘food and drink restraint’ in the days leading to Christmas. (…If only we could practice them now, that would be superb, right?…). It was supposed to better prepare them for the comforts and luxury the Christmas period ushered in. After all the patience and wait, the plum cakes then served as ‘appetizers’ to the heavy eating and drinking during the Christmas.
Although there are several methods and processes to prepare the plum cake, some of which do not even contain the actual plum, it sure still leaves a mark on our taste buds nonetheless (…except, of course, the baker made a mistake somewhere along the ‘sacred’ process of baking it).
Plum cakes have quite a lot of health benefits. I mean, you can’t eat something only for the fun of it…or can you? The heart profits immensely from the consumption of plum cakes as it helps increase the rate of blood flow in the arteries . This would better improve your overall bodily performance.
In addition to being delicious, plum cakes also reduces the risk of constipation. You know that feeling when you want to expel your poop and it’s reluctant to leave you? Plum cakes takes care of that…at least to an extent. Cholesterol, which isn’t good for our system in high amounts, is cowered when plum cakes arrive the scene. Plum cakes help to reduce the cholesterol levels thereby giving us a better chance to combat it in severe cases.
Those are good and all but plum cakes also do have some dirty tricks if not properly prepared and baked from start to finish. We could take it as their little revenge. As we most times use refined sugar to bake them, we may increase our chances of depression, dementia and even some certain types of cancer. This can be prevented though, if a natural ingredient such as ‘date’ is used.
Above all, the effects of plum cakes cannot be overemphasized as they can either be positive or otherwise depending on a number of factors. As the festive period draws near, the question that should be on our minds as earlier mentioned is, “Are they worth trying this Christmas?”