Monday, 25 February 2008

Honey Cake

1 teaspoons instant coffee or instant
1/2 cup hot water
1-1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
2 large eggs, separated
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup neutral oil
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup thinly sliced almonds, toasted

  • Set the oven rack in the middle position. Preheat the oven to 350° F. 
  • Prepare the loaf pan: Coat a 9 by 5 by 3-inch loaf pan with vegetable oil spray. Line the pan with parchment paper and coat again with vegetable oil spray. 
  • Add the instant coffee to the hot water and mix until the coffee has dissolved. Allow to cool (place in the refrigerator to hasten the cooling). 
  • In a large bowl, put together the flour, salt, cinnamon, and ginger. Set aside. 
  • Add the egg whites to another bowl and whip until they form firm peaks.
  • Add the sugar and egg yolks to the flour bowl, together with the baking powder, oil, honey, and coolish coffee.  Mix thoroughly.  
  • Fold in the beaten egg whites into the rest of the cake mixture.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan. 
  • Sprinkle the almonds on top of the loaves and bake for 30 minutes. 
  • Tent the cake with aluminum foil and bake for an additional 25 to 30 minutes, or until a metal tester inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. 
  • Transfer the cake to a wire rack and cool for at least 20 minutes. 
  • Go around the edges of the cake with a butter knife and turn out and continue to cool.