grain choice (not flour) of

1 1/3 cups whole-wheat pastry grain

or 1 1/2 cups spelt, kamut or brown rice

or 1 1/4 cups barley grain

2. Meanwhile, for topping blend together in order given with a fork:

2 Tablespoons butter (unsalted preferred)

2 Tablespoons sucanat or crystalline fructose

1/2 cup uncooked rolled oats

1/2 cup chopped or sliced almonds

(With kamut only) 1 teaspoon cinnamon

3. Cover blender; let stand at room temperature overnight.

4. Grease or spray baking pan.

5. Preheat oven to 325º.

6. Just before baking, add and reblend on highest speed for 1 minute:

2 eggs

7. Mix into blender batter thoroughly, but briefly, using blender and/or rubber spatula, as needed:

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons cinnamon (omit with kamut)

1/4 teaspoon ginger

8. Pour batter into baking pan. Distribute topping evenly over top with fingers, pressing it slightly into batter with fork.

9. Bake at 325º for 30-40 minutes or until knife or toothpick comes clean out of center of cake. Serve cake hot.

Sue Gregg's experience includes teaching home economics in a high school for two years after she received her bachelor of science B.S. in home economics education at Washington State University. Thirteen of Sue's cookbooks are currently in print. Her husband Rich partners as her critical but appreciative taste tester, photographer, editor, publisher, and webmaster. Her research, teaching, and sense of adventure took her to Okinawa, Kenya, Malawai, Estonia, and Russia in 2001 to partner with cross cultural envoys working in orphanages, universities, and community service projects. In 2002, she visited Russia for a fifth and sixth visit to conduct "Taste & Tell" classes. Sue Gregg is motivated to see others enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle by discovering the Creator's design for living.

Diane Wheeler is the senior staff writer for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. She lives with her husband, five children, and assorted animals in lovely Placerville, Calif. When she is not feeding her hungry children, she enjoys reading mystery stories, drinking strong coffee, and gardening with her family. Write to her at

Copyright, 2003. Used with permission. The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.