Wednesday, September 28, 2011

New Years

Today marks the start of two new years for me. Tonight (at sundown) is Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and it is also my birthday.

Today Greg and I are celebrating with breakfast out, some relaxing, and then later today we'll be going to my family's house for a dual birthday/Rosh Hashanah dinner. This weekend I have plans with a bunch of friends to go out for dinner and drinks to celebrate.

On Rosh Hashanah you typically eat sweet things for a sweet year, apples and honey is the classic pairing for this tradition. In honor of this, I make an apple cake with honey glaze every year:

cake:
4 large apples, peeled and diced
2 teaspoons cinnamon
5 tablespoons sugar
3 cups all purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°

Mix chopped apples with the 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 5 tablespoons sugar and set aside.

Mix together remaining ingredients until well combined (FYI: the batter will be quite thick).

In a greased bundt pan, layer cake batter and apples - you will have 3 layers of batter and 2 layers of apples.

Bake for 1 hour and 40 minutes

glaze:
1 cup confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons milk

Whisk ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth, drizzle over cake

For those observing the holiday, Shana Tovah!


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10 comments:

  1. YAyy!! Happy Birthday girl!! I hope you have a great time!!

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    Happy Wednesday <3

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  2. Happy Happy Birthday! Sounds like a "sweet" day for you! Your apple cake looks delicious! Hope this is your best year yet!

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  3. Happy Birthday Mal! Hope you have a fab time celebrating. Happy New Year too!!! The cake looks scrummy xoxo
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  4. happy birthday. looks delish!

    xoxo navy & orange

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  5. I'm not Jewish, but I always loved celebrating Rosh Hashanah with close friends. Aaaand now I want to celebrate with your family...mmmm!

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  6. Happy birthday!! What a delicious looking cake...looks like it will be a sweet year indeed!

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  7. Happy Birthday!!! This cake looks delicious, love the glaze! Great tradition to start off a sweet year!

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  8. Well that cake sounds and looks really yummy! And I typically don't like desserts unless they are chocolate in a big way. But when you mentioned apples and honey it reminded me of this greek restaurant we go to that serves thin sliced fresh apples with honey and sprinkling of cinnamon on them....yum! Now I am totally craving that. Happy celebrating! :o)

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  9. Hope you had a wonderful birthday, and have fun celebrating this weekend!

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  10. Happy Rosh Hashanah! This apple cake with honey glaze sounds delish. I make an apple cake with a caramel frosting, so I'll have to mix it up on of these days and try this.

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