Prince Igor Says,”Not for Any Kovrizhki!”

We are still in the period of holidays when we are praying and hoping for a sweet year full of blessings. In my family tradition, we dip challah in honey instead of salt during this entire time. Various dishes are also flavored with honey. Since October is a National Dessert Month, it is only appropriate to repeat the oldest known Russian honey cake recipe. Also, the daily prompt is POPULAR, and what’s more popular than chocolate? I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t manage to put some chocolate even into this cake!


You are a prince. Not just any old prince among a bunch of other princes, but The Grand Prince of Kiev Rus, the very first one holding this title. Don’t worry, ladies, there is a princess in this story, too, Princess Olga, a formidable ruler and warrior in her own right. But let’s return to the beginning – the beginning of tenth century, when Rus is terrorized by the nomad raids. Prince Igor, like every self-respecting prince, mounts a campaign to protect his lands and his subjects from the savage Polovtsians, the khans.


Igor “tensed his mind with battle-strength, quickened his heart
        with valor, and, swollen with the spirit of war,
Led out his brave troops
        into the Polovtsian steppe for the land of Rus.

Both Igor’s brother and his son and heir Vladimir went with him. Princess Olga was left in charge, to rule in his…

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Array says:

    A very honorable cake, this is, and to be honest it looks deliciously virtuous!!!

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  2. weggieboy says:

    My word! Chocolate on top of all that deliciousness, too? If I lived near by, I’d be that pest neighbor who always showed up when I suspected you’fd been working in the kitchen!

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    1. Dear Doug, we love guests and “pest neighbors”! In Hebrew, it’s called “b’nai bais” – sons of the house, regardless of gender or age.
      Thank you for a lovely comment! 😻


  3. Oh, i am melting away with chocolate and honey too. I think i need some siberian winters getting the pounds off again. LOL 😉 Michael

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    1. Why don’t you come to Florida instead and take a swim in the ocean! Meanwhile, I’ll whip up something chocolate and supremely decadent, but totally dietetic! 😻


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