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Chanukah Nut Cake With Honey Syrup


Nut Cake:

3 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
teaspoon ground cloves
teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups finely chopped walnuts
1 cup dried dates, minced
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup water

Honey Syrup:

1 cups honey
cup water
Juice of 1 small lemon
teaspoon lemon zest, finely grated


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Oil a 9 inch pan.

The traditional way is to mix all dry ingredients on a board using your hands, rubbing and sifting them until well mixed. Make a mound and put a hole in the centre. Pour oil and water in centre and make into a dough. Kneed the dough for about 1 minute.

Alternatively, put all the dry ingredients in a bowl, and mix well. Add the oil and water and make a dough, kneed for 1 minute or so.

Place dough in prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven and allow to cool. After cake has cooked, make Honey Syrup.

Honey Syrup: In a pot over medium high heat cook honey, water, lemon juice and zest. Allow to reduce by ¼.

Place cake in a shallow plate and with a fork, make holes all over the top of the cake. Pour the warm syrup over the cake and allow to sit 1 hour before serving.

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