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Seven Rosh Hashanah Desserts That Aren’t Honey Cake

Food, Jewish Holidays, The Jewish Outlook

Aug 26, 2022

Honey and cardamom baklava is a showstopper dessert that’s surprisingly easy to put together. Credit: zhairguns via Getty Images

By Rachel Myersonl 

(JTA) This article originally appeared on The Nosher. 

People have probably all tried various versions of lekach, aka honey cake, over the years. 

This Rosh Hashanah, why not side shuffle from tradition and explore other — more delicious — honey-based desserts? From Nigella Lawson’s salted honey pie to honey and cardamom baklava, these treats will set your new year off on the sweetest of notes. To view each recipe, click on the title. 

Halvah 

Homemade halvah is an entirely different (and infinitely more delicious) treat when tasted fresh. Credit: Kenden AlfondThis four-ingredient confection balances the nutty savoriness of tahini with the sweetness of honey. Homemade halvah is the perfect way to show off that fancy jar of honey received as a hostess gift three years ago and, with the help of a candy thermometer, is not as intimidating as it sounds. Even for those who don’t think they like halvah, think again. This is not dry and crumbly! It’s an entirely different, and infinitely more delicious, treat when tasted fresh. 

Photo Credit: Homemade halvah is an entirely different (and infinitely more delicious) treat when tasted fresh. Credit: Kenden Alfond 

Nigella Lawson’s Salted Honey Pie 

Adapted from the “Four and Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book,” olive oil-based pastry houses a buttery, honey-heavy filling that’s sprinkled with flaky salt as soon as the pie comes out — bronze and burnished — from the oven. The salt helps offset the pie’s sweetness, though this is definitely a “just a sliver” situation, unless someone has a serious sweet tooth. 

Taygalach (Ashkenazi Soaked Dough Balls) 

Sweeten the year with this Old World treat, which Jewish food historians say dates back to Roman times. Crunchy dough balls (often knotted) are boiled in honeyed syrup until soaked through and sticky. The dough is often mixed with walnuts, hazelnuts or almonds and/or candied cherries. Taygalach are sweet and indulgent, a true treat. 

Ina Garten’s Honey Vanilla Pound Cake 

While this is a cake with honey, it sure isn’t classic honey cake — and it’s all the better for it. This is a straightforward pound cake with a subtle touch of honey for a little extra something. It’s as good after a meal as it is for breakfast the next day, and everyone will love it. The Barefoot Contessa does it again. 

Honey and Cardamom Baklava 

A spiced nut mixture encased in crisp phyllo dough soaked in a fragrant honey syrup, this showstopper dessert is surprisingly easy to put together. Unless you are adventurous and want to make your own phyllo dough, there are great versions available in most supermarket freezers. This store-bought step saves tons of time. 

Melomakarona (Greek Spiced Cookies) 

These honey-soaked cookies are spiced with warm cinnamon and cloves, and brightened by lemon and orange zest. They’re the perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee as loved ones linger around the holiday table. This recipe makes a big batch — freeze some cookies for a later date or drop them on doorsteps to wish people a L’Shanah Tovah. 

Ottolenghi’s Honey and Yogurt Cheesecake 

This simple cheesecake can be made two days ahead — a handy recipe to have on hand when Rosh Hashanah preparations amp up. Greek yogurt’s tang tempers the sweetness of white chocolate in the filling, and thyme leaves emphasize honey’s herbal notes as they’re paired together in a runny topping for the final touch. A real crowd pleaser. 

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