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Ingredients2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch of cloves
3 large eggs
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup honey
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
3/4 cup hazelnuts, chopped (or almonds)
DirectionsLightly grease a nine-inch square pan, line it with parchment paper or wax paper, and grease the paper.
Sift the flour with the baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and cloves.
Beat the eggs lightly.
Add the brown sugar and honey and beat until the mixture is smooth and lightened in color.
Gradually add the oil and beat until blended.
Beat in the lemon rind.
On low speed, beat in the flour mixture alternately in two batches with the applesauce.
Stir in the nuts.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake in a preheated 350- degree oven for about 55 minutes, or until your finger does not leave an indentation when you press lightly on top of cake, and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool in the pan or about 15 minutes.
Turn cake out onto rack and carefully peel off the paper.
Cover tightly when completely tool. (If tightly wrapped, cake keeps two weeks at room temperature.)
Serve at room temperature.
Cut into squares or bars.
Author CommentsKnown in Yiddish as lekach, this honey cake in the traditional treat served by Jews of eastern European extraction on the first night of Rosh Hashana. This version enhanced with grated lemon and sweet spices is so moist that if wrapped in foil, it will stay fresh for two weeks. The author recommends baking it one or two days ahead so its flavor matures. If hazelnuts are not available, substitute almonds.
Source: Gabi Shahar