Sunday, June 28, 2009

Christmas/ Hanukkah cake

I made this cake right before Christmas, as my Hubby asked me to bake his favorite cake. How could I not grant this wish of his on our First Christmas? So I called Katineni, my mother-in-law in Hungary for the recipe.

It is interesting, she heard about this cake many-many years ago listening to a radio-show. So, she quickly grabbed a pen and put down the ingredients. It's been one of the most preferred cakes of the family ever since.
Let me assure you, it was worth it! It has such a rich flavor, so moist and yummmmy!

  • 3 eggs, divided
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup ground walnuts/hazelnuts/pecans
  • 5 tbsp butter/margarine
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground clove
  • 1-2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp anise seeds
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • you can add raisins also 1/2 cup

Start by mixing the egg yolks with the sugar for 2-3 minutes, add the margarine, mix until creamy. Add honey and lemon zest, seasonings (anise, cinnamon, clover) and mix for another minute or so. Stir in nuts, chocolate, raisins and milk.

In another bowl mix the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Add to the batter.

Beat the egg whites and lightly fold into the batter. Pour into a greased and floured tube pan. Bake at 325 F for 45-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan, and cool completely.

Makes 10-12 servings.

Can you imagine the smell of your house after baking all those cinnanisecloney?

Worth trying!

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