With Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, quickly approaching, many of us are gearing up for September’s season of back-to-back holidays and non-stop entertaining. To share her healthy take on a classic Rosh Hashana staple (and an all-around fantastic early fall desert) Kenden Alfond of Jewish Food Hero joins us today.
From Kenden: Honey Cake is a traditional dessert from the Jewish Ashkenazie tradition eaten for Rosh Hashana. We put honey into our mouths at Rosh Hashana to taste the hopes of a sweet New Year ahead of us. I wanted to make a healthier, dairy-free version of the classic cake, so I’ve adapted a traditional recipe to include healthy ingredients that are all plant-based. This healthier honey cake feels as good in our bodies as it tastes in our mouths. It’s lighter than traditional honey cake, while raw honey and spices give it a special earthy sweetness that everyone is sure to enjoy. And because it’s dairy free, it can fit into any kosher holiday menu.
- 2 cups whole wheat flour (or 1 cup whole wheat flour + 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon)
- 1 1/3 cup applesauce
- 1 cup non-dairy milk
- ½ cup honey or maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
For the glaze:
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- Pre-heat oven to 350 F (180 C)
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt and pumpkin pie spice. Whisk to blend.
- In a separate large bowl, combine the applesauce, non-dairy milk, honey and vanilla. Whisk to blend. Add the dry to the wet ingredients and stir to combine. Don’t overmix.
- Lightly oil the bundt pan with earth balance. Pour the cake batter into the prepared baking pan.
- Bake in 350 F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 and bake for 45 more minutes. Top should spring back to the touch when finished.
- Cool completely before inverting onto a plate.
Prepare the glaze:
- In a small saucepan, combine the honey with the cornstarch and whisk to remove any lumps. Bring to a simmer over medium heat while stirring constantly. Cook for a few minutes, until it thickens.
- Remove from the heat to cool.
To decorate the cake:
- You can dust the cake lightly with powdered sugar or evenly drizzle the cake with the honey glaze.