Catering to the thousands of passengers traveling to Israel to celebrate the Jewish new year, El Al Israel Airlines is serving traditional Rosh Hashanah desserts aboard its flights from the United States. More than 550 pounds of honey cake will be served to passengers in all classes of service and in King David Lounges, where another symbolic holiday snack, apples and honey, will be available.
Not traveling for the holiday? No worries: The airline has shared its recipes with Direct Flight, so you can make them at home.
HOLIDAY HONEY CAKE
1 cup honey
½ cup sugar
4 whole eggs
1 cup coffee, black and room temperature
¾ cup vegetable oil
1 fresh orange, grated fine (include juice pulp and skin)
4 - 4 ½ cups flour (adjust flour amount to ensure mixture is moderately loose)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
A pinch salt (1/8 tsp)
1 cup raisins
Mix honey, sugar, eggs, coffee, oil and orange thoroughly. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Slowly add dry mixture to liquid mixture. Blend well. Fold in raisins. Pour mixture into a 9-by-13 greased baking pan or into a 36-muffin tin. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour, checking periodically after 45 minutes of baking. Let cool on a wire rack.
6 fresh, large Granny Smith apples
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 ounces almond or macaroon paste
¼ cup dark raisins
2 egg whites from extra large eggs
2 cups honey (for sauce, 2.5 ounces per portion)
1 tablespoon cinnamon-sugar mixture (1/2 tablespoon of each)
Blanch apples in boiling water for 5 minutes and shock in cold water, drain well. From the top of the apples, make a crater by coring and removing the inside meat down 10 percent depth, leaving the outside edge with an approximate ¼ even border. Place the apples in a shallow pan and set aside. In a mixing bowl combine brown sugar, cinnamon, almond/macaroon paste, raisins and egg whites, and blend well.Fill apple crater with mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes (they're done when they have the feel of a cooked baked potato). Cool apples to a warm state and serve with honey at room temperature. Finally, sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture.
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