Friday, June 15, 2018

lekach -

Lekach, or Jewish honey cake, is a cake sweetened with honey. The dish is one of the symbolically significant meals that Ashkenazi Jews typically eat on Jewish Rosh Hashanah festivities in the hope of achieving sweet things on the New Year.

The recipes are varied. Lekach is usually made with a circular cake, but some versions are similar to sponge cake or pound cake, with the addition of honey and spices, sometimes with coffee or tea for coloring. Other versions are more like gingerbread, Pain d'épices, or lebkuchen.

The tradition of baking honey in Jewish circles comes from basbousas (sometimes called basboouses), an ancient Egyptian cake, variations still enjoyed throughout the Middle East.