Spicy Honey Cake
(Wuerziger Honigkuchen — Germany)
6 ounces honey
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
Zest from a half lemon, ground
1 pound flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
Whole blanched almonds (for decoration)
Bring honey to a boil, let cool.
Add eggs, sugar, and spices to cooled honey, beat well.
Add the flour mixed with baking powder, one spoon full at a time.
Roll dough onto lightly greased baking sheet. If sticky, dust with some flour. Mark 2-inch squares with the back of a knife. Place an almond in the middle of each square.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes.
For glaze, boil 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons water for one minute. Brush onto still-warm cake. Let cool.
Cut cake into squares and store in airtight canister or tin.