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Mom's Honey Cake with Apple Confit

Honey cake is traditionally eaten for Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year—the honey’s sweetness symbolizes our wishes for a sweet year. This is my mother's recipe, which she makes in Israel, freezes, and sends to me in the mail.

CAKE
2½ cups flour
2 heaping teaspoons baking soda
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup honey
1¼ cup brewed coffee
6 tablespoons canola oil
Salt
Pinch cinnamon
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APPLE CONFIT
3 apples, peeled and sliced thinly crosswise
1 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean, split
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon honey
3 cloves

Sally Rosenkranz's Honey Cake

1 hour 30 minutes

Sally's daughter Rita writes, "My late mother, Sally Rosenkranz, who was from Radom, Poland, lost her mother in the Holocaust."

1/2 cup brewed coffee, cooled
3 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon powdered cloves (optional)
1 1/2 teaspoons powdered ginger (optional)
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups dark honey
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts or almonds
1 cup raisins (optional)