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Lekah – Jewish Honey Cake

This is a simple Russian recipe for a Jewish honey cake that my grandmother and aunt call “Lekah” though it’s hard to find any reference for that name online.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup kefir (buttermilk)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3-4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda + 0.25 cups vinegar

Combine the honey, kefir, sugar, eggs in a large bowl and mix until a uniform mixture forms. Combine the baking soda and vinegar in a cup and stir vigorously. Add the contents of the cup to the mix.

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If the honey has hardened, you can put it in the microwave for 30 seconds to liquefy it. Slowly add flour, stirring the mix until a thick consistency but still pourable forms.

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Preheat oven to 350 F and oil a cake pan. Pour the mix evenly into the pan and place in the oven. Bake at a maximum of 350 F until the inside of the cake is cooked through.

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Add raisins to the mix or frosting after baking if you wish. Enjoy!

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