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Honey Cake with Apple Confit by Chef Michael Solomonov

For Cake:

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp. baking soda

1 cup sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

Pinch of ground cinnamon

3 large eggs, lightly beaten

1-1/4 cup brewed coffee

2/3 cup honey

6 T. canola oil

For Apple Confit:

2 large honey crisp apples, peeled and sliced thinly crosswise

1 cup sugar

1 T. honey

2 cinnamon sticks

1 vanilla bean, split

3 cloves

To Prepare:

For the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees with a rack in the middle. Butter two 5-inch by 9-inch loaf pans. Combine the flour and baking soda in a bowl and whisk well.

In a bowl of a stand mixer combine the sugar, salt, cinnamon, eggs, coffee, honey and oil. Mix on low speed until blended. Add the flour mixture and continue mixing just until combined. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared loaf pans. Decrease the oven temperature to 275 degrees.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.

For the apples: Toss the apples slices with the sugar, honey, cinnamon, vanilla bean and cloves. Arrange in a single layer in a large ovenproof skillet or a baking pan. Add enough water to just cover the apples.

Cover the skillet tightly with foil, bring to a simmer over medium high heat, and transfer to the oven.

Bake until the apples are just tender, about 1 hour at 275 degrees.

Cool to room temperature, transfer to a lidded container, and refrigerate until cold. Serve with the honey cake.

Makes two loaves.

PRESS PHOTO BY ANITA HIRSCH This Honey Cake with Apple Confit was prepared by Lehigh Valley Press reporter Anita Hirsch from a recipe of 2019 James Beard Foundation Award winner for an Outstanding Restaurant, Chef Michael Solomonov, owner of Zahov in Philadelphia.