Holiday In: Honey bunch

Many bakeries offer creative versions of the traditional honey cake.

September 25, 2011 15:53
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biscotti 311. (photo credit: Oren Shalev)


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A beautifully wrapped homemade honey cake with almond topping was our favorite of the Arcaffe collection for the holiday (NIS 45). Traditional but not too sweet, and light enough to eat after a heavy meal. Other options include apple cake (NIS 45), honey financier cookies (NIS 39), fig, apple and cinnamon bread (NIS 24) and much more.

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Available at all Arcaffe branches.


Chef baker Ben-Ami Bertini offers a wide selection of delicious honey and apple cakes.

This year he has added various kinds of sweetener to the cakes, such as silan and agave cactus syrup. Ben-Ami offers a wonderful fig-studded honey cake (NIS 42), sumptuous individual honey-yeast “roses” with vanilla and pomegranate (NIS 14) and our favorite, honey-chocolate drops. A very special treat is the Galina honey cake made of thin layers of honey pastry with cream and crumbs (NIS 67). All Ben-Ami cakes are kosher lemehadrin.

Herzliya (09) 957-9589; Jerusalem (02) 651-0070; Tel Aviv (03) 560-9960. Home delivery over NIS 169. .



Rosella Yona has created a cake collection that includes holiday symbols such as honey, dates and apples. There are honey-apple, honey-cherry and honey-pear cakes (NIS 39); baked cheese and apple with cream, honey and cinnamon (NIS 53) and many more. For a dairy dinner dessert, try the mascarpone cake with honeyapple topping. (NIS 53- 138). Kosher.

67 Beit Yosef Hayarkon Street, Bnei Brak. All the cakes are available on the premises or call (03) 570-4015/8 for delivery.

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 Dallal Bakery

Until the eve of Rosh Hashana, Dallal is offering traditional honey cakes and variations on the theme, such as honey malt cake (NIS 39), health honey cookies (eight for NIS 16), jars of scented honey (NIS 24), round halla (NIS 18) and special holiday bread with figs and anise (NIS 22). We tasted the traditional round honey cake, which was moist and delicious.

7 Kol Yisrael Haverim Street, Neveh Tzedek, Tel Aviv, or call (03) 510-9292. Open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and until 3 p.m. on Fridays.

Orna Bar

A French patisserie in the middle of Kfar Saba that offers desserts year round, Orna Bar created a special selection for the holiday, including apple-honey cake, honey cookies and fresh honey buns. It is recommended to order in advance.

Try classic honey cake with apples or figs (NIS 35); strudel with pumpkin and raisins (NIS 37); honey almond roulade (NIS 65; and honey brioche with caramelized apple (NIS 40 special order). Kosher, dairy.

25 Bikat Beit Netofa Street, Kfar Saba, (09) 766-9189

Roladin Bakery & Cafe

Roladin offers a lovely selection of cakes for Rosh Hashana, all made with pure honey and baked daily. Try the brioche honey-pecan sticky buns (NIS 37.90); honey-apple streusel (NIS 37.90); mascarpone kadaif with honey (NIS 60) and more.

Available at all Roladin stores (09) 899-9927,


Tatti offers a great selection of breads and cakes that are traditional yet innovative.

Among the breads we tasted, we particularly liked the cinnamon- nut flute with honey (NIS 13); rich holiday bread with silan, pecans and plums (NIS 23); and the honey-marzipan halla (NIS 28), which are all dairy. The cakes include traditional honey (NIS 42); aromatic honey-apple (NIS 44); chocolate-honey (NIS 42); and our favorite, a brioche-like sweet halla filled with honey cream, almonds and caramelized apples (NIS 42).

There are also many kinds of cookies and desserts.

Café-Bistro Tatti, 53 Hashalom Road, Givatayim; Tatti Loft, 3 Avraham Giron Street, Yehud. For orders, call (03) 539-2500.

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