White Leikach

As a contrast to a dark Onik Leikach, it is traditional to serve a very light White Leikach. Also in contrast to the honey cakes made  specifically for Rosh Hashana, white cakes are made at any time during the year, for most holidays, and, interestingly enough, for a consolation meal after a funeral. I think there is a life and death symbolism in that simple little cake made of three ingredients in three steps.

I have to tell you, though, that as many times as my grandmother shared this recipe, nobody could ever duplicate her light as feather, puffy and fluffy cake. I still don’t understand the reason for it because I really do not know of an easier cake to bake.

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You need only three ingredients: eggs, sugar, and flour. A drop of vanilla extract is nice but not mandatory.

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Carefully separate white from yolks and put the yolks aside. Sprinkle a pinch of salt into egg whites and whip them on high speed until stiff peaks form, then gradually add sugar. Continue whipping until all sugar dissolves. Add egg yolks and whip some more until they blend. Add some vanilla extract and start adding sifted flour. Add gradually and continue whipping, but reduce speed.

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Once everything is blended well, pour batter into a greased loaf cake form. It should take about half the height of a standard form, but don’t worry! To quote the immortal Eliza Doolittle , “Just you wayt!” Treat it gently, tiptoe and whisper around it, otherwise, my grandmother claimed, the leikach will not rise. She also used to say a blessing on each food when she started cooking or baking it. I only do that on holiday foods and on challah.

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You have to bake it for 30 minutes, then stick a few walnuts on top, and bake for 20 more minutes. We belong to a school of thought which holds that nisim (nuts) symbolize miracles (nes), and we can always use those, so I stick nuts into everything. Bake for about 20 more minutes, until golden and dry to the touch. And if you did everything right, it comes out twice the size of what had gone in!

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Have a year light and happy like this Leikach! May your blessings rise and never fall! Shana Tova! A Zis Yor!

The dissemination of all my holiday recipes to a wider audience has been made possible through a valiant effort of Esme, The Recipe Hunter, of https://cookandenjoyrecipes.wordpress.com, and her fantastic Recipe Exchange program. Thank you again, dear Esme, for performing this vitally important service for the community.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 spoon vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt

PROCEDURE

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease loaf baking pan.
  • Separate egg whites from yolks. Put yolks on the side. Add a pinch of salt to egg whites.
  • Whip egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form. Add yolks, whip together until well blended.
  • Gradually add sugar, keep whipping until sugar dissolves.
  • Gradually add flour, whip on low until well blended.
  • Transfer to greased  baking pan,  bake for 30 minutes.
  • Place a few walnuts on top and bake for 20 – 25 more minutes until done.

Enjoy!

 

 

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35 Comments Add yours

  1. lilyandardbeg says:

    I like baking, though I probably bake more bread than cakes, but I know even the seemingly simple bake can be moody. I’m sure your Nan’s cake was so good because of her love and care (and possibly the freshness of the eggs and the room temperature of every ingredient and the painfully slow process of combining sugar with egg whites). This is definitely something I could bake: I don’t like overcrowding my bakes 🙂 Making something ‘simple’ is not always so simple, either 🙂

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    1. You are right about the main ingredient being love! Have you read “Like Water for Chocolate” by Laura Esquivel? It is available as a free e-book in PDF. But also, my grandmother “talked to pots and pans” – she kept saying blessings as she was cooking. She said that she had a Partner Upstairs.

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      1. lilyandardbeg says:

        I haven’t read it (yet)- I’m quite un-romantic, but when I do something with passion (like baking bread) it seems to work out rather well. My mum is a great cook and when asked what she puts in her food so that it always tastes so well she says ‘ a bit of my heart’. Beats herbs and spices…

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      2. Exactly. And incidentally, somewhere in my comment I typed “imminently” instead of “eminently” – it’s been bothering me for a few hours already.

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      3. lilyandardbeg says:

        When I use my work phone I often forget to change the language. It still works well in English, but not when it suspects the spelling might possibly be Norwegian. I’m often outsmarted by my phone, actually…

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      4. You are not the only one.

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  2. lilyandardbeg says:

    ups ‘nan’ is ‘grandmother’ of course 🙂

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  3. lilyandardbeg says:

    oh, well, I’ll stop correcting stuff -especially on my phone (uff da) as it gets even worse…

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  4. I think I would love this…must try!

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    1. Thank you – I am glad you like it! Let me know how it turns out.

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  5. feistyfroggy says:

    I didn’t know that nuts (walnuts especially?) are associated with miracles! Very interesting!

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    1. It’s not walnuts especially,it’s any nuts. Walnuts were more readily available when I was growing up,and in addition to that,we had a walnut tree,so we could use our own.

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      1. feistyfroggy says:

        Still quite interesting and I’ve also noticed that walnuts aren’t as readily available. That’s rather strange. There are a lot of walnut trees in our area though.

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      2. Well, then all you have to do is climb a tree! That’s what we did as kids. Pecans will do just fine in all my recipes, and for this particular one, almonds should be excellent.

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  6. I just loved it’s texture😊😍

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    1. Thank you – I am glad you like it!

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  7. Oh your grandmother is my kind of cook. I grew up on this cake but I never learned how to make it.

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    1. You see how easy it is – I’ll bet Raizel could do it! That was the first one I learned to make. If you say “HaTov u’Meitiv” brocho when you actually put it in the oven, it’ll come out perfect!

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      1. Prayer is the solution to everything. I love that idea. I told my nieces about it too.

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      2. Tefilah and Tehillim – the answer to everything. Rabbi Weinberger, my husband’s Rosh Yeshiva, used to say that if people realized the power of Tehillim, pharmaceutical companies would package them and sell them in drugstores.

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      3. So funny. I started a tehillim group through Whatsapp. I am learning so much!

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      4. You are incredible – how do you find both the time and the energy?

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      5. It is only 5 to 10 minutes a day. I always wanted to learn more about tehillim and I thought this would be a good way. I read from a sefer and then add if I have anything more to say. I started listening to more shiurim on tehillim too. So, I consider this a crash course on tehillim 101. A win-win.😊

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      6. Wow – I am impressed! I just quietly say the daily portion, plus all the family’s and some additional ones.

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  8. Sumith Babu says:

    I could read that texture!! Love it. Thanks for this share Dolly

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  9. I think this cake has my name on it! I’m sure it could be made with all purpose GF flour – I’ll let you know.
    xx,
    mgh

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    1. I’ve never tried, but it should work – please let me know!

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      1. I will. The texture will most certainly be heavier, but I’ll bet it will work and still taste good.
        xx,
        mgh

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      2. Let me know how it turns out, please!

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