As a food blogger, I like to explore different cultures and traditions. It is the beginning of the Jewish Holiday of Rosh Hashanah on the 17th of September, and with that in mind I set about creating a meal that, while not traditional, considers this holiday and what it means to others.
Honey and apples are used in the celebration of Rosh Hashanah. There are many ways that these two ingredients are used, but what meal is complete without a dessert? I made a lovely honey cake and topped it with grilled, sliced apples and more drizzled honey.
Preheat the grill to 320°F, prepare for indirect cooking.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon and soda. Mix them all together.
Add the oil, egg, tea and honey (measure the oil first, then use the same cup for the honey, it will slide right out!). Mix this into a smooth batter. Fold in the raisins and/or nuts if you want and pour into a prepared pan. If you’re finding the batter dry, this depends on if you’re using whole wheat, or other flours, you can add milk a little at a time until you have a batter that is the right consistency.
Bake the cake for 34 to 45 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Remove from the grill and allow the cake to cool.
Wash and core your apples, then slice them as thin as you possibly can.
Toss the apples in a bowl with the brown sugar and cinnamon.
Oil the on side of the grill and grill the apples using the residual heat from baking the cake. You do not want too high heat, you only want to cook the apples and get some pretty grill marks.
When the apples are done, transfer them to a baking sheet so that they remain flat for transport.
Carefully arrange the grilled apples on the top of the cake.
Drizzle with the remaining honey and serve.
This sweet cake is fantastic, and seems to get better with age. You can get some very different flavours happening depending on the type of honey that you use for this recipe as well. Clover, or chestnut honey will give a completely different taste to this cake than generic or lilac honey. I hope that you enjoy this cake as much as I did.