Two defining characteristics of Israeli culture are hospitality and spontaneity. So throughout the year you might end up with lots of guests that just pop by for coffee and cake. Even in COVID-19 times, on nice days, this delicious cake can be served outside, socially distanced, with your tea or coffee.
In Israel, the marble pound cake was a staple in almost every household. Traditional pound cake originates from England, but this delicious loaf also has very strong roots in Jewish and Israeli culture. Not so strange, the term for "loaf pan" in Hebrew is actually "English Cake" pan. This pound cake would often be made Thursday or Friday mornings to be served after the Shabbat meal, or as a treat after Shabbat lunch, when friends often stop by for coffee.
This recipe calls for milk so it is dairy, but you can make it non-dairy by substituting soy or almond milk.