Monday, September 17, 2012

It's Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. Rosh Hashanah is the first of the High Holy holidays and is believed to be the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve. It is described in the Torah as the day of sounding.

Many delicious menu items hold a great deal of significance on Rosh Hashanah. Apples and Honey, are served to symbolize a sweet new year. Less appetizing menu items may include the head of a fish signifying the head of a new year. Some other symbolic foods served during Rosh Hashanah are pomegranates symbolizing fruitfulness and challah bread symbolizing the cycle of the year.

One of the more popular Rosh Hashanah desserts is Honey Cake. Our Yumologists did their research and found a fabulous, honey, apple and date cake recipe from the LA Times food section. We thought we'd share it with our viewers and wish those of you celebrating Rosh Hashanah a very Happy New Year!

Honey, Apple and Date Cake for Rosh Hashanah

2 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cloves
3/4 cup mild olive oil
1 cup of dried dates (pitted and cut lengthwise)
3/4 cup of chopped walnuts
2 apples
3 eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup of honey
1/2 cup of unsweetened apple sauce
2 tsp lemon zest

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl
  • In a small bowl combine 1 tbsp oil, dates and walnuts and toss gently
  • Peel and core the apples and dice into small pieces
  • In a separate bowl add the eggs and beat with a hand mixer. Add the sugars and beat again. 
  • Add the honey to the egg mix and beat again
  • Add the remaining olive oil and beat again
  • Alternately add 1/3 of the flour mix, then 1/3 of the applesauce to the egg mixture. Stir with a wooden spoon until smooth batter/dough appears.
  • Add the lemon zest and stir again
  • Stir in the apple pieces and the date/walnut oil mixture alternately
  • Add the batter to a well-greased cake pan (bunt is a good size)
  • Bake at 350 for 40-45 mins until a fork test comes out clean
  • Serve cake warm with two apple wedges or additional honey and applesauce.

Happy New Year Friends! Hope you have a delicious holiday!

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