Honey Cake with Caramelized Pears
This moist cake -- inspired by the Rosh Hashanah traditions of eating honey cake and honey-dipped fruit to represent hope for a sweet year ahead -- is made luscious with a warm topping of pears in a honey syrup. A generous dollop of cold whipped cream is the perfect complement.
If you keep kosher and would like to make dairy-free versions of these recipes, substitute margarine for the butter, and soy milk for the regular milk. The cake can be made (without the pears) one day ahead, and stored in plastic wrap at room temperature.