Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes, plus 7 days maturing time for the loaves
Servings: Makes 3 loaf cakes, about 12 servings each
Note: This recipe is adapted from “The Book of New Israeli Food” by Janna Gur. The cakes should mature for seven days before serving. Try this recipe with any of a variety of honeys; the flavor notes of the honey come through nicely as the cakes mature, making this recipe well-suited for more robust and unique honeys such as chestnut and acacia. If you don’t like the taste of coffee in your honey cake, replace it with 1 cup of strong dark tea.
6 cups plus 3 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 heaping teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 cups honey
1 cup canola or vegetable oil
2 tablespoons instant coffee
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup raisins
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
1. Heat the oven to 340 degrees.
2. Combine the flour, sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add the honey, oil and eggs and beat into a smooth batter with a whisk or mixer.
3. Dissolve the instant coffee in 1 cup of boiling water. Stir the baking soda and then the coffee into the batter. Gently fold in the raisins and walnuts.
4. Pour the batter into three (9-inch by 5-inch) glass loaf pans and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the tops of the cakes are risen and golden, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
5. Place the loaf pans on a rack to cool slightly; remove the loaves to cool completely. Tightly wrap the loaves with foil and place in a cool, dry place (not the refrigerator) to mature for 7 days.
Each of 36 servings: 219 calories; 4 grams protein; 29 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 10 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 24 mg. cholesterol; 61 mg. sodium