Delicous Tu-Be'shvat Cakes!
Tu Be'shvat is when the very first leaves will start to sprout from trees (חנטה) even though it is well before spring (when they will bloom and flower.)
כי-תצור אל-עיר ימים רבים להלחם עליה לתפשה, לא-תשחית את-עצה לנדח עליו גרזן, כי ממנו תאכל, ואתו לא תכרת; כי האדם עץ השדה, לבא מפניך במצור
–דברים פרק כ,יט
"When you lay siege to a city many days, to war with it, to conquer it, do not cut down it's (fruit) trees by placing an axe. From them you shall eat, and do not cut it down; for is the tree a man, that you should lay siege upon it too?"
From this verse we learn not to be wasteful and throw away good food (or good anything) for no reason.
The last part of the verse can also be translated:
"For man is compared to a tree, therefore do not lay siege to the trees!"
Man is compared to a tree, to bear fruit and give pleasure and beauty to ones fellow beings. If every one were like more like a tree, the world would me more like a garden/orchard (of Eden.)
Mis en Place:
I still do not have a thermometer so I may have overdone the caramel a little. Or maybe it just has an intense flavor. How do you know when something already caramel color, like turbinado sugar, has caramelized?
Get the cherries and pineapple ready.
Ready to toast.
I did not have time to make the pineapple syrup. Too bad, it would have gone together nicely. This cake is a winner!