ROSH HASHANNAH BAKING COUNTDOWN: DAY 18

Posted on September 11, 2011. Filed under: Cakes, Chocolate, Desserts, Ethnic Recipe, Honey, Jewish, Kosher Recipe, Paerve, Parve, Recipes, Rosh Hashannah Recipes, Traditions | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |


ROSH HASHANNAH COUNTDOWN: DAY 18

I didn’t know it before, but Rosh Hashanah, according to an interesting article I found on Chabad.org, “The Man In Man,” Rosh Hashanah is not the celebration of the beginning of the world, but it is the celebration of the creation of the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, were created. That makes sense, because the world probably does not have a “thought” without the presence of a human being. Think about it…what else is nature has the ability is think, to talk and to write? Even during the days of the Caveman, we had a type of written communication to record the events that surrounded us. In other words, without mankind could there be history? Yes, there could be historic events, but what would they mean if they weren’t passed down from generation-to-generation?

Also, who would G-d have chosen to receive the 10 Commandments, to carry out the duties necessary to keep our world afloat? Yes, I am sure that G-d can do everything and anything, but isn’t it easier to have some help? G-d is not stupid. He is creative, just, and forgiving. He is like a good father.

Ok, so knowing this, and knowing the way my family currently celebrates Rosh Hashanah; I have come to an interesting thought. We celebrate as the beginning of our asking forgiveness for any sins we have committed through the year and we celebrate as if we are celebrating the creation of the world, asking for a good, healthy, sweet new year. But, we don’t begin fasting until Yom Kippur. Instead, we celebrate by going to temple and having festival meals. So, I asked myself, “How do we celebrate our wedding anniversaries?” We either go out to dinner or have a festive meal. If finances are good, we exchange gifts. And we have a special cake. The only differences between the way we celebrate our anniversaries and the way we celebrate Rosh Hashanah is that we don’t exchange gifts on Rosh Hashanah and we don’t go to temple on our wedding anniversaries. But, for both, we like to include a cake in our celebration. Thus, I wonder if having honey cake was originally part of an anniversary-type celebration for Rosh Hashanah. What do you think? Now, I am going to give you the recipe for the honey cake I want to try to make this year. It is from my recipe dbase and I have not tried it out yet.

Have a Honey of a New Year!

Cocoa Honey Cake Recipe
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Ingredients:

2/3 cup honey
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon sliced almonds
1-1/2 cups flour, less 1 tablespoon
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup apple juice (or orange juice, or water)
1 pinch nutmeg (hefty pinch)
Directions:

Step #1 Preheat oven to 325 degrees F, & lightly grease 8 X 4 loaf pan.

Step #2 Line the bottom of the pan with greased parchment paper.

Step #3 Whisk flour with cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking soda, baking
powder, ginger, & nutmeg.

Step #4 Place beaten eggs in another bowl, & add sugar & honey, beating
until smooth & light in color.

Step #5 Gradually beat in oil until mixed.

Step #6 Stir the egg mixture into the flour mixture alternating with
juice (or water).

Step #7 Pour the batter into the prepared pan, & top this with sliced
almonds.

Step #8 Bake 50 mins, or until pick comes out clean after inserting in
center of the cake.

Step #9 Cool 15 mins, then turn out onto rack & peel off paper.

Step #10 Wrap in plastic when completely cool, then in foil wrap.

Enjoy the Cocoa Honey Cake recipe!

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