Tishpishti (Greek Honey Cake)

"Posted in response to a request. I found this recipe in a cookbook called "Jewish Cookery from Boston to Baghdad" by Malvina W. Liebman. The blurb there stated: "One of the most nostalgic and best known of Yiddish folksongs in Rozinkes mit Mandles (Raisins and almonds) and it has to do with a widow who is rocking her only son to sleep. Her lullaby predicts that he will earn his living by peddling raisins and almonds"."
photo by Catherine M. photo by Catherine M.
photo by Catherine M.
photo by Catherine M. photo by Catherine M.
Ready In:
1hr 15mins
3 dozen pieces




  • Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  • Put into a saucepan and bring to a boil the margarine, coffee, brandy, honey, sugar, cinnamon, allspice.
  • When the mixture has boiled, remove from the heat and stir in the four mixture to form a smooth batter.
  • Fold in the raisins and chopped almonds .
  • Pour into a well greased 9 X 13 inch baking pan.
  • Press the dough evenly into the pan and score with a sharp knife into about 3 dozen diamond shaped pieces.
  • Press an almond into each piece and bake in a preheated, 350 degree F. oven, for about 40 minutes.
  • Do not permit cake to dry out.
  • Cool for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, bring the sugar, water, honey, and brandy to a quick boil; stir and remove from the heat.
  • Add the lemon juice and orange blossom water.
  • With a sharp knife, cut through the hot cake in the score marks.
  • Spoon the syrup over the cake so that it is well covered and is absorbed between the pieces and around the edges.
  • Return to the warm oven for 5 minutes; remove and let cool.
  • Let stand overnight so that the flavor and texture can mellow.

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  1. Delicious! Very heavy, saturated with the alcoholic syrup, but no complaints- had 8 adults for dinner and there is only half a cake left!
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