Thursday, September 17, 2009

Pom Koec - Belgian Coffee Cake

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Pom Koec is a Belgian coffee cake that is similar to, but a bit drier than the honey cake that is traditionally served for Rosh Hashanah. The recipe I use comes from the Belgian Recipe Page and should be credited to Margaret Buytaert who brought it with her from Kieldrecht, Belgium. There are no tricks here. A child can make this cake. I changed the spicing a bit, replacing the cloves with ginger and adding a 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg and the zest of an orange to the batter. I also found the cake required more time to cook than is stated in the recipe. That may be a vagary of my oven, but I'd suggest you use 40 to 45 minutes as the estimated baking time. My changes to the recipe appear in red. The cake improves with aging, so it's best to bake it a day before you plan to serve it. I'd like to wish all who will be observing Rosh Hashanah this weekend "L'shana tova tikatevu." May your new year be sweet and spent in the company of family and friends.

Pom Koec - Belgian Coffee Cake...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite


3 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup honey
1 cup hot coffee
1 large egg
1/3 cup corn oil

1) Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
2) Grease a 9 x 4 -inch loaf pan. Cut a piece of wax paper or parchment to fit bottom of pan. Lightly grease paper. Set aside.
3) Mix dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, orange zest and salt) in a bowl to combine.
4) In a separate bowl, quickly mix honey, coffee, egg and oil.
5) Quickly fold in dry ingredients - mixing just enough to combine without toughening cake batter.
6) Fold into pan and bake for 30 minutes (my cake took 45 minutes to bake). Use a tooth pick to see if center is done.
7) Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes. Invert pan and turn cake onto a serving plate. Remove paper. Serve warm with butter, thinly sliced. Yield: 10 to 12 servings.


Sandi (Meme) said...

Yummy! It looks wonderful! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I enjoyed having you over and please come back again. Have a wonderful week!

Martha said...

I love European cakes like this -- I'll have to try it -- nice for afternoon coffee or tea.

Lyndas recipe box said...

This cake sounds interesting with the coffee and honey..and I love your addition of spices. I've bookmarked it!

La Cuisine d'Helene said...

What a great bread, I have never seen a Belgian Coffee Cake but would love to try. Looks delicious.

jeanne said...

Hello Mary, your post about the cake makes me want a piece. I am building quite a few recipes that you have shared. I even bought a new recipe box to file them. I am really enjoying your post Mary. The holidays coming will be my time to start making these gems.


Tootsie said...

oh this looks yummy! I have not ever eaten coffee cake...I might need to try this one!

theUngourmet said...

What a fun cake! I love the coffee added into the mix! :0)

My Little Space said...

The texture is really nice and moist. Love it! Finally, I got to see Mary on the screen..he he! And also your lovely daughters.

Katy ~ said...

I LOVE this with all its wonderful spices. When I make this, I'm going to use the cloves' I'm just crazy like that, grins.

Cathy said...

What a wonderful combination of flavors in this cake! I know I will like this European style cake and I'm sure it keeps well. As always, Mary, thanks for a good recipe and a nice story.

Dee said...

oh WOW ... this looks delicious! perhaps one of the yummiest sounding bread/cakes i have seen from you yet. the flavors seem like they would be outstanding together! i am scrapping my baking plan for this weekend, and going with this! i will let ya know how it turns out!

Pam said...

Yum! It looks so moist and delicious, I love the color and flavors.

SnoWhite said...

that looks delicious. great combo of flavors!

Debbie said...

Sounds and looks like a delicious cake. This would be just perfect with coffee....anytime!

Flower said...

Looks like heaven in a little loaf!! I will try it!
Strolling through your posts I see many things that catch my eye!

Mary Bergfeld said...

Flower, I just wanted to welcome you to One Perfect Bite. I hope you'll come often.

La Bella Cooks said...

Mmmm, I can almost smell it baking from here. I love the coffee and honey combo and would definitely enjoy a slice.

Karen said...

Such a beautiful loaf of bread! Your pics are always so perfect!

Carol at Serendipity said...

This cake sounds wonderful. I might make smaller loaves and give them as holiday gifts.

As usual your recipes and photographs are exquisite.


Judi said...

Hi there
When I saw the title I thought oh I love coffee cake...and I do but this is real COFFEE cake...with coffee in it. Oh dear I am going to have to give this one a try.
thank you for sharing...
sounds wonderful

Baking Monster said...

this looks perfect,dense and tasty! thanks mary!

teresa said...

Yum! I might have to give this a whirl. Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind comments.

Lori said...

I would just love this bread. I bet my parents would enjoy it as well. Very nice addition to a brunch.

Poppedijne said...

I'm Belgian too and I never heard from this kind of cake. In each case not in this form. The name I presume is phonetic but I can not make out what the POM should be meaning.

Mary Bergfeld said...


The recipes of the group that provide the Pom Koec is below.
They are trying to retain old Belgian recipes in the United States.
Perhaps they could answer your question. There are contacts you could reach.

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