Lesson Plan

Benne Cakes and Other Holiday Recipes

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Benne Cakes, a West African treat packed with sesame seeds for luck, are a featured part of the celebration of Kwanzaa. Young chefs try their hand at crafting these goodies that are sure to enrich your holiday feast. 

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  • The resource lists all the ingredients of the benne cakes so that you can check for any dietary restrictions
  • The linked website also offers recipes of other traditional African American foods like sweet potato pie, southern fried okra, and peanut soup
  • Links are provided for Chanukah and Ramadan recipes as well
  • The activity presumes you have access to an oven to bake the cakes