Home cooking: One Bowl Honey Cake

October 02, 2012

Lieba Cohen is a member of B'nai Abraham Congregation, a 120-year-old Jewish congregation in Hagerstown. She submitted this recipe for honey cake, a sweet traditionally eaten during the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, which this year was Sept. 16 to 18.

"(Honey cake) is symbolic of the wish for sweet hopes for a sweet year," Cohen said in an email. "As a child, I always remember having honey cake for the New Year."

Cohen uses a honey cake recipe from a book with connections to her childhood.

"The recipe is from one of my favorite Jewish cookbooks, 'Rochester Hadassah Cook Book,'" she said. "Rochester, N.Y., is my hometown and it is fitting that I use this cookbook."

Hadassah is a Jewish women's volunteer organization that promotes health education, social action and advocacy, Jewish education and connections with Israel. Cohen said the first national convention of Hadassah took place in Rochester in 1914, two years after the group was founded.

— Chris Copley, assistant Lifestyle editor

One Bowl Honey Cake

1 cup sugar

3 cups sifted flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon allspice

1 teaspoon clove

1 teaspoon nutmeg

3 eggs

1 cup honey

1 cup strong coffee, cooled

3/4 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, clove and nutmeg into large bowl. Make a well and add eggs, honey, coffee, vegetable oil and vanilla.

Mix together thoroughly, then add raisins and nuts.

Pour into a well-greased tube pan, and bake for 45 to 60 minutes.

— Reprinted courtesy of Rochester Hadassah.


• For copies of "Rochester Hadassah Cook Book," write to Marlene Elkin, 115 Hibiscus Drive, Rochester, NY 14618. The cost is $21. Make checks payable to "Hadassah." For more information, email Elkin at

Editor's note: This story was edited Nov. 29, 2012, to clarify how to purchase copies of the cookbook.

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