Friday, April 1, 2011

Honey Cake

Honey Cake

I made this cake for a Middle Eastern feast that we had with some friends.  From internet research that I did it seems like this is a traditional Kuwaiti and Israeli dessert.  Next time I might try substituting half of the oil out with applesauce.  This cake is very moist and has a hint of honey and spice.  The whole wheat flour isn't traditional here, but I was trying to make it a little more healthy.  You could also bake as a 13x9 sheet cake for 40-45 minutes.

-2 cups all purpose flour
-1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
-1 Tbsp baking powder
-1/4 tsp baking soda
-1/2 tsp salt
-4 tsp cinnamon
-1/2 tsp cloves
-1 cup canola oil
-1 cup honey
-1 1/2 cups sugar
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-3 eggs
-1 tsp vanilla
-1 1/4 cup strong tea (I used Chai)
-1/2 cup fresh orange juice
-1/2 cup sliced almonds

Whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cloves.  Make a well in the center and pour in honey, oil, sugars, eggs, vanilla, tea, and orange juice.  Mix on slow speed until well incororated.  Pour into 3 greased loaf pans.  Top with almonds.  Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes.

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