Honeycake is one of Don's favorite things. When he was growing up, his parents often had it at their home. The company where they bought it, The Holland Honeycake Co. in Grand Rapids, Michigan, went out of business about ten years ago. They have since tried honeycake from another company, but sadly the report is that it wasn't as good as the old Holland Honeycake.
So, I got this idea of doing it ourselves... Thanks to the internet, I compiled a bunch of recipes and tested them out on Don and the kids. I think we have one that is pretty close - even grandma and grandpa agree.
2 t baking powder
1 t. cinnamon
½ t cloves - optional**
½ t. allspice
1/3 C honey
¾ C water
1/2 C raisins and chopped dates - optional
1/2 C chocolate chips - optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Oil loaf pan and measuring cup.
Mix honey, water and sugar in mixer. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and gradually add to the mixer. Bake in water bath for an hour.
I tripled this recipe, it's just about the same amount of work to do so. Honeycake keeps well in the freezer.
** Don says that this recipe with the cloves tastes like the Spice Honeycake variety.
Boil water on stove, enough to use for the water bath. The level should rise about halfway up the sides of the loaf pan.
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