Apple Cinnamon Cake

Cinnamon Apple Cake via @alisonlewis

My sister, Julie, asked me to make an apple cake for this Sunday night for Rosh Hashanah. We are having 18 people so a birthday cake and Mandel Bread just aren’t enough :). Since I am making the main dish too, I decided to make this Apple Cinnamon Cake, a super easy apple cake that is also very simple to slice. No mixer is needed for this recipe, and those most difficult part is is peeling and chopping the apples (luckily my husband is a pro at this). This comes out moist and fabulous (I think the Greek yogurt really helps add to its fluffy texture). Serve this with coffee for dessert or for breakfast or afternoon tea. This recipe is a keeper and wonderful tribute to a sweet new year.

Mandel Bread for Rosh Hashanah and A little Personal

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, starts tonight. Mandel Bread is staple dessert on our holiday table. It reminds me of a biscotti-style cookie, and is fantastic for dessert or breakfast served with coffee. My sister, Julie and my sister-in-law Debby, make the most incredible Mandel Bread I have ever tried. This is one of my favorite Mandel Bread recipes from my friend, Andy’s mom, Judy Rotenstreich. I am so thrilled to be serving Mandel Bread this year at my dad’s house with 21 other people after moving less than a week ago.

To get a little personal, I moved last Monday with my 3 kids into my dads house in Birmingham. Since my mom passed away recently, this was the perfect option for him and for me. It has been wonderful this week eating breakfast and dinner with my father as well as taking a work break and making him a morning smoothie. He has been very depressed the past few months (after the death of my mother), and he already seems like a different person. He said two days ago, “The highlight of the day was when Leigh (my daughter) came to tell me goodnight.” I cried.

My friend, Sara, told me the other day, “To find blessings during tough times”, and she is so correct.

-It is a blessing for kids to get the chance to live with their grandparents.

-It is a blessing to help to your parents when they are elderly.

-It is a blessing when your kids say that they slept great.

-It is a blessing to hear my kids laugh during tough times.

-It is a blessing to see your kids relaxed.

-It is a blessing that I still have my father, but that I can feel my mothers presence.

-It is a blessing to have all of your support.

So whether you celebrate the Jewish new year or not, here’s to fresh and new beginnings and a sweet new year!

 

Apple Praline Bundt Cake

When I saw the cover of Southern Living Magazine last month, I knew this very special Apple Bundt Cake with Praline Frosting had to be on my dessert table for the Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashanah. Thanks to my sister, Julie and her friend, Toby, my wish came true. This recipe rocks! What else can I really say? The entire issue of the magazine really does. So many recipes, so little time….I hope if you’re looking for a sinfully gorgeous Apple Cake to make, you’ll choose this one with Southern Flair (my kids loved the Praline Frosting). Happy New Year to those celebrating (and those who aren’t :)).

Awesome Honey Cake for Fall and Rosh Hashanah

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My father’s mother, Mary Rich, made the best Honey Cake that I can remember. She died when I was young, but I have never forgotten it. For years, my sisters and I have been searching for a Honey Cake recipe that would rival hers. Last year, my mom’s incredible friend, Rosalie, brought a Honey Cake to our families Rosh Hashanah holiday dinner, and it was a winner! We loved the recipe so much, and it reminded us of Mary. I hope you will like it as much as we do. It’s perfect for the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah or any fall celebration. Note: the batter will be slightly liquid, but the recipe turns out moist as can be.

Easy Honey Cake Recipe for Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah)

Honey Cake is traditional to the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah because of its sweetness. The tradition on this holiday is that you are supposed to eat something sweet to start off the new year right. Honey Cake is also really popular because it’s a true taste of fall. I love this particular recipe because it is so moist, and it really doesn’t have a lot of oil or fat in the recipe (many Honey Cake recipes do). It has a wonderful hint of strongly brewed coffee, apple cider and lemon zest, adding terrific flavors. I also love that you can make this recipe ahead of time as the flavors get stronger everyday. This recipe is adapted from the wonderful cookbook “Adventures in Jewish Cooking” by Jeffrey Nathan. It is truly a great cookbook!

Note: The platter in the photo is from my favorite “Earthborn Pottery”

Awesome Apricot Noodle Kugel Great for Brunches and Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast

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For years, I have searched for the best Noodle Kugel (casserole) for brunches, holiday gatherings and for Yom Kippur. This recipe for Apricot Noodle Kugel is so awesome. I prepared it for a holiday cooking class two weeks ago, and everyone went wild over it. It’s so easy and really is just dump, mix and bake. It’s prefect when you want a sweet noodle casserole for any holiday or large family event.

Fall Carrot Souffle: Great Rosh Hashanah and Holiday Side Dish

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My sister, Julie, got this recipe from a wonderful cook in town, Ellen Sokol. It’s perfect for the Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashanah coming up this weekend. It’s so similar to a sweet potato casserole, and it’s a great substitute for Thanksgiving or Christmas if you want something different this year. To make it a bit lighter, add egg whites for the eggs and cut the butter to 3/4 cup. It’s really delicious, and it’s a great way to get your kids to eat carrots.

Fall Cinnamon Apple Cake: Perfect for Jewish New Year Rosh Hashanah and Fall Celebrations

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This year, the holiday celebrating the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is next weekend. On Rosh Hashanah, it is symbolic to serve and eat apples dipped in honey to hope for a “sweet new year”. Cakes with apples and/or honey are traditionally served, and this Cinnamon Apple Cake can’t get any better. This cake is so delicious and perfect for any fall celebration. I will be preparing it this Thursday night for a Jewish holiday cooking class in Birmingham, Alabama. See my “Media” page for more information.