Monday, October 3, 2011

Greek Style Jewish Apple Honey Cake

I saw this recipe for a Rosh Hashanah cake and had to make it. Except I Greeked it out - although not sure if that is still kosher. I used thyme Greek honey, which is extremely rich and complex in flavor having a higher viscosity than an average American honey.  Extra virgin olive oil replaced butter and the batter was spiked with brandy. Let's hope my yiayia is smiling down on me now. This cake is nourishing, a good Fall welcomer and a has made my breakfasts delicious these past few mornings. 

Greek Style Rosh Hashanah Apple Honey Cake
Adapted from 

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup thyme honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 apples, peeled and diced
  • 1 tbs brandy 
  • 1 cup raisins and nuts (optional)

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease pan.
  • Mix olive oil, honey and eggs together in a large bowl until light and creamy.
  • In another bowl, mix together whole wheat flour, baking powder and soda, salt and cinnamon. Mix the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture, Stir in apples and raisins or nuts. Mix well.
  • Spread batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes. 


Peter M said...

That looks mucho-moist...perfect for coffee time. I think giagia would approve.

tasteofbeirut said...

Love apple cake in the fall and this one looks delicious!

mia xara said...

Absolutely drooling!!Apples,my weakness,laced with thyme honey..mmm..What more could I ask for,but for the whole pan :p PRETTY PLEASE :

Eva said...

I've always wanted to try to make an olive oil cake, and with autumn upon us, the apples are a perfect variation.

Eri said...

Hello Anna, Well Greeks and Jews have many similar dishes anyways and I'm sure that this cake Rocks!

Anna A. said...

Peter - Yeah, just like one of those delicious bran muffins :-)

tasteofbeirut - Thanks, I ended up making another one!

mia xara - I'm jealous of your endless stream of thyme of honey over there in the patrida.

Eva - Go for the olive cake apple gold!

Eri - Kolouria and Bagels are an easy one! I was definitly Jewish in my past life.

Lenia said...

You have certainly "greeked it out"(nice verb!)!It seems really mouthwatering,annoula!Filakia!

Helen said...

Yup, apple season is in full swing. Although raw apples aren't my fave fruit, I do enjoy them in pies and cakes. Your cake looks delicious and so pretty! How did you get the apples to stay suspended in the batter and not sink to the bottom?

Diana said...

You would, TALF! Love that you always find a way to Greekathize every recipe -- just like I find a way to stick quinoa in everything! ;)

Anna A. said...

Lenia - I am glad you appreciate my made-up verb :-) I guess I could have said hellenized it too :-)

Helen - So the batter was super dense, plus I did a layer of apples in the middle, then some more on top. I bought way to many apples at Costco and trying to use them up. No fresh apples for you? Does biting into one hurt your teeth - I have a friend who can't eat them because it hurts her teeth to take a bite?

Diana - You are the quinoa queen and I may be either the Greeked out queen or the hummus queen depending on the weather.

Helen said...

Anna, I find most apples too sour. I like my summer fruit i.e. karpouzi :)

Ivy said...

Anna the cake sounds amazing and I am sure your yiayia would be really proud of you :)

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