August 12, 2013
Author: Yuliya Mazur
This is the one thing my father prefers over any desert. And I know why. It’s the one his mother made so often. My grandma was an amazing cook. Oh, I know every grandma was the best. But mine – she was truly amazing! When she was baking a cake, my friends must have had some premonitions – they just showed up at my door.
I have made the lekach so many times already, but there wasn’t one, when I wouldn’t remember her. I love cooking. I consider myself a pretty good cook. But I have a long road to go to reach the level of my grandmother – Surah bat Leizer. May her memory be for a blessing forever.
1 cup honey;
1 cup sugar ( I use raw);
1 cup warm strong coffee;
1/2 cup vegetable oil;
2 teaspoons baking soda;
2 teaspoons pure vanilla;
1 teaspoon cinnamon;
1 teaspoon ginger;
1 teaspoon ground cloves;
2.5 cups flour ( you can use a mix of all-purpose and whole wheat);
Optional – candied citrus peel, dried cranberries, raisins or a mix of all;
Optional – 1/4 cup strong liquor – vodka, brandy, whiskey.
In a bowl mix eggs with honey and sugar. In a separate container add baking soda to warm coffee (watch the chemistry class in front of your eyes). Pour coffee into egg mixture.
Add the rest of the ingredients, pour into a prepared baking dish (I use round or square non-stick pan nicely greased)
Bake in a preheated oven (350-360 depending on your oven) about an hour.
Cool on wire rack. Then invert to a plate.
This post was submitted by Yuliya.
Posted in Baked Goods and Desserts
Tags: baking soda, cinnamon, coffee, dessert, eggs, ginger, ground cloves,honey, honey cake, lekach, Rosh-ha-Shana, sugar, vanilla, vegetable oil