White and Dark Chocolate Brownies

A special dessert for a special occasion. For extra fun, cut brownies into shapes – leaves for Succos, hearts for love, circles for…

1 cup (2 sticks) margarine
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs
1-1/4 cups flour
¾ cup cocoa powder
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup white chocolate chips

Frosting:
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
¼ cup cocoa powder
¼ cup margarine, softened
2 to 3 tablespoons nondairy creamer
½ cup white chocolate chips
1 teaspoon oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Greased a 9 x 13-inch pan with cooking spray. Melt margarine in microwave. Stir in sugars, vanilla and eggs until well-blended. Stir in flour and cocoa. Add chocolate chips, mix well and pour into pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until set. Cool completely.

For frosting, beat together powdered sugar, cocoa, margarine and nondairy creamer. Add more creamer if mixture is too thick to spread. Spread over brownies. Melt white chocolate and oil in microwave. Stir until smooth and drizzle over frosting.

Chinese Green Beans

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An unusual and popular way to serve green beans.

2 pounds green beans, trimmed
4 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 tablespoon soy sauce
4 teaspoons Thai chili-garlic sauce
6 tablespoons water
4 teaspoons cornstarch
2 scallions chopped
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

Place beans in a microwave-safe bowl and cover with water. Steam for about 5 minutes on high speed; drain well. In a large wok, place hoisin sauce, soy sauce and chili-garlic sauce. Stir together water and cornstarch until cornstarch dissolves and stir into mixture in wok. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to simmer and stir in beans. Cook until thoroughly coated – about 4 minutes. Toss in scallions and cook briefly. Remove from heat and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.

Jamaican Coconut Bread

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1-1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ cup canned cream of coconut
½ cup tofutti sour cream
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup (1 stick) margarine, softened
2 eggs
½ cup shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. In a small bowl, whisk together cream of coconut and tofutti sour cream. With an electric mixer, cream together sugar and margarine until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add flour mixture alternately with sour cream mixture, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Stir in shredded coconut. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 45 minutes. Cool for 5 to 10 minutes in pan before turning out onto wire rack to cool completely.

Sweetbreads Braised in Wild Mushroom Broth

Serves 8 as a first course

Admittedly, I have only made sweetbreads once before reworking this very old recipe I found from the NY Times. Sweetbreads are a delicacy that to me, pairs well with this wild mushroom broth.

1-cup flour
¼ teaspoon ground clove
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon ground pepper
1-pound sweetbreads
¼ teaspoon vegetable oil
1/8 pound shitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced
1-teaspoon soy sauce
2 cups wild mushroom broth (see recipe below)
1-tablespoon thyme leaves
¼ cup minced scallions
¼ cup minced tomato

Preheat the oven to 350.

Combine the flour, clove, salt and pepper and dredge the sweetbreads in the mixture. Warm a pan over high heat, coat with vegetable oil and quickly sear the sweetbreads.

Place each sweetbread ice in a small ovenproof soup bowl and w top with sliced mushrooms. Add the soy sauce to the mushroom broth and divide evenly amongst the bowls. Sprinkle with thyme, scallions, and minced tomato. Cover and bake for 15 minutes. Serve immediately.

Wild Mushroom Broth
1 ounce dried porcini or other wild mushroom
2 pounds white mushrooms, wiped clean
½ pound fresh shitake mushrooms, wiped clean
1 sprig fresh thyme
½ teaspoon black peppercorns
3 quarts cold water

Combine all the ingredients in a large pot over medium-low heat and simmer for 2 hours. Strain and discard the mushrooms.

Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

photo: foodnetwork.co.uk

Muffins:

2-1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
2 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
½ cup oil
1 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, pumpkin and oil. Stir into dry ingredients until just moistened. Stir in cranberries. Pour into 2 dozen paper-lined muffin cups. Bake for 18-22 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before removing to wire rack to finish cooling.

Wild Mushroom Barley

As we head into Fall and approach Sukkot, it’s a great time to try some new delicious hearty soups that can easily satisfy your crew on a cool holiday night. Try this fantastic option brought to us by Culinary Arts @ The JCC in Manhattan’s chef KIM PISTONE in her class GOURMET SOUP SUPPERS:

Ingredients
1 package dry porcini or assorted mushrooms
1-½ cups uncooked pearled barley
3 carrots, 1/2 inch diced
1 cup celery root, 1/2 inch diced
1 clove garlic, chopped
3 leeks, sliced in half moons
6 shallots, diced
6 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
3 pounds assorted wild mushrooms (shitake,cremini, enoki, oyster, chanterelle or maitake), sliced
1 cup sherry or white wine
1 quart vegetable stock
1/4 cup olive oil
4 sprigs thyme
1/2 bunch parsley , chopped
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Put mushrooms in a pot of cold water, about 2 quarts, bring to a boil, turn off, let stand. Strain broth, chop dry mushrooms, reserve and set aside.

Sauté leeks and shallots, when they begin to color add celery root, carrots and garlic, continue to sautee about 5 more min, add sherry, chopped dry mushrooms, tomatoes, broth, stock and barley. Simmer about 35 minutes or until barley is tender.

Sautée mushrooms in batches, until golden brown, season with salt and pepper. Set aside. When barley is cooked add mushrooms, thyme and parsley to soup.

The JCC in Manhattan’s Culinary Arts program offers hundreds of classes throughout the year in their strictly kosher state-of-the-art kitchen. For more delicious recipes and to learn useful kitchen techniques and other great new recipes that you can easily replicate yourself at home, check out their list of Fall/Winter classes – like the upcoming The Tuscan Table, where you’ll learn to make trattoria-style fare like homemade butternut squash and ricoota ravioli – at www.jccmanhattan.org/culinaryarts.

Roasted Pear Cake with Chocolate Glaze

Serves 8 – 10

Cake
4 large firm pears, like Barlett, peeled, halved, cored and cut across into ¼ inch slices
2 sticks unsalted margarine, softened
2-½ cups sugar
4 large eggs
1-½ teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups flour
1-teaspoon kosher salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
Sauce
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup pareve whipping cream
2 tablespoons brandy (or other liqueur, optional)

Preheat the oven to 400. Grease a 10-inch tube pan.

Spread the sliced pears on a baking sheet and roast until tender, about 10 minutes. Transfer the pears to a food processor and puree until smooth. Set aside. Reduce the oven temperature to 350.

Cream together the margarine and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until very light. Batter may appear curdled at this point. Mix in the vanilla and pear puree. Sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix the dry ingredients into the batter just until combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until the top springs back when touched in the center, about 1 hour. Place on a rack to cool. Turn the cake out of the pan re-invert onto a cake plate.

Put the chocolate in a double boiler over barely simmering water. Stir occasionally until melted. Whisk in the pareve cream and brandy. Slice the cake and serve with warm chocolate sauce drizzled on top. Sauce can be made ahead of time and re-warmed before using.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

photo: browneyedbaker.com

I made these for Rosh HaShanah and they were a big hit! Most people just shy away from walnuts and hazelnuts during the holidays; if your custom is not to eat any nuts at all, just leave them out! Or if you prefer pecans, just make the substitution. The recipe is flexible.
½ cup margarine
½ cup shortening
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large stand mixer, cream together margarine, shortening and sugars until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. On low speed, add flour and baking soda; then white chocolate chips and nuts (if using). Drop by the tablespoonful onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Let sit on cookie sheets 1 minute before removing to wire rack to finish cooling. Makes about 2-1/2 dozen cookies.

Chicken Barley Soup

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4 chicken breasts
4 chicken thighs
10 cups chicken broth
2 onions, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 turnip, chopped
4 carrots, chopped
2/3 cup barley
¾ teaspoon pepper
1 (15-ounce) can corn kernels
1 (28-ounce) can tomatoes, undrained

Place chicken, stock, onions, celery and turnip in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered for about 1 hour. Remove chicken from pot and set aside. Add carrots, barley and pepper and simmer an additional 30 minutes. In the meantime, remove skin and fat from chicken and cut into small pieces. Stir in corn, tomatoes and chicken and simmer, uncovered, for about 20minutes.

Crusty Rye Bread

photo: thefreshloaf.com

2 rounded teaspoons yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
½ cup warm water
1 cup beer, room temperature
1 tablespoon oil
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 cup rye flour
3 – 4 cups bread flour
1 egg, beaten (optional)

Proof yeast and sugar in warm water in a large mixing bowl. Let stand until foamy – 5 to 1 0 minutes. Whisk in beer, oil, salt and caraway seeds. Stir in rye flour; then start adding bread flour, one cup at a time until a stiff dough forms. Knead until smooth and elastic. Grease bowl and roll dough in it to coat. Cover with damp cloth and let rise until doubled – about 1 hour. Punch down dough and shape into loaf (an oblong shape like a bakery rye works well here). Place on greased baking sheet and cover again. Let rise for 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slash top of loaf with knife in a few spots. Brush top with a beaten egg, if desired. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes – until crust is golden and bottom sounds hollow. Cool on wire rack.

Smoked Turkey-Wild Rice Soup

2 teaspoons oil
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
¼ teaspoon rosemary
¼ teaspoon pepper
4 cups chicken broth
1 pound smoked turkey, chopped
1 cup wild rice, uncooked
1/3 cup flour
3 cups nondairy creamer
2 tablespoons red wine or cooking sherry

In a large stock pot, sauté carrots, onion and garlic in oil over medium-high heat until soft – about 10 minutes. Stir in rosemary and pepper. Add broth, turkey and rice. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 1-1/2 hours. In a small bowl, whisk together flour and nondairy creamer until smooth. Gradually add to pot, stirring constantly. Stir in wine. Reheat gently over low to medium heat.

Lemon Roasted Potatoes

photo by Hans Gissinger


Serves 12

The combination of lemon and garlic and fingerling potatoes make this potato recipe both fragrant and full of flavor. The dressing is light and the dill is a nice surprise.

Nonstick vegetable oil spray
4 pounds unpeeled fingerling potatoes in assorted colors (such as red, white, and purple), rinsed, halved lengthwise
1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
6 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
4 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel
24 garlic cloves, sliced

Position 1 rack in top third and 1 rack in bottom third of oven and preheat to 375°F. Spray 2 large rimmed baking sheets with nonstick spray. Toss potatoes with 1/2 cup olive oil in large bowl. Sprinkle generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Spread potatoes in single layer on baking sheets, dividing equally. Roast 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice, dill, and lemon peel in small bowl to blend for dressing. Toss garlic and 2 tablespoons dressing in another small bowl. Divide garlic mixture between baking sheets with potatoes and toss; reverse baking sheets and continue to roast until potatoes are tender and brown around edges, about 15 minutes longer.

Toss roasted potatoes in large bowl with enough of remaining dressing to coat and serve.

Pomegranate Punch

Serves 12

This is a fun drink to serve on the Rosh Hashanah daytime meals. It’s refreshing and super flavorful.
1-½ cups sugar
1-½ cups water
8 slices fresh, peeled, ginger (about 1/8 inch thick)
2-¼ cups fresh mint
6 cups pomegranate juice
¾ cup apricot nectar
2-½ cups seltzer

Bring sugar, water and ginger to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add mint. And let stand for 30 minutes. Strain and cool.

Stir together mint syrup, pomegranate juice, and nectar in an ice-filled pitcher. Add seltzer. Garnish with more mint.

Wild Mushroom Salad

Serves 4

This salad is for mushroom lovers. I usually make it with chanterelle mushrooms but any combination of wild mushrooms will work as long as they are mostly the more delicate types like shitake. Baby bellas work but do not use portabellos, they are too meaty for this salad.

1 pound chanterelles, brushed clean and trimmed (halved or quartered if large)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsely
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 small shallot, thinly sliced
1 small garlic clove, minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Fresh lemon juice

Place mushrooms in a steamer basket and set over a pot filled with 1″ gently simmering water (do not allow water to touch mushrooms). Cover and steam mushrooms until tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer mushrooms to a baking sheet and let cool slightly.

Meanwhile, whisk oil, parsley, vinegar, Dijon mustard, shallot, and garlic in a medium bowl. Season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Add mushrooms; toss to coat evenly. Let marinate for 30 minutes. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and more lemon juice, if desired.

Pot Roast with Wild Mushrooms and Fresh Thyme

Serves 6

This is a great meat recipe that can be made a few days ahead of time. You can use a pot roast or a brisket or even a beef chuck roast. The wine and the thyme give it depth and the orange zest gives it a very fresh flavor that is a little sweet.

1 pot roast, brisket, or beef chuck roast (3 1/2 to 4 lbs.)
Kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
About 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons olive oil
1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped onions
1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped celery
1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped peeled carrots
4 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
1 bottle (750 ml.) Merlot or other dry red wine
3 fresh thyme sprigs plus 1 tbsp. chopped leaves
2 tablespoons margarine
3/4 cup chopped shallots
2 pounds mixed mushrooms such as chanterelle, trumpet, enoki, cremini, and/or button, rinsed briefly and cut into bite-size pieces
1 teaspoon shredded orange zest

Preheat oven to 325°. Sprinkle roast lightly with salt and pepper; coat generously with flour. Pour oil into a large (at least 6-qt.), heavy ovenproof pot over medium-high heat. Add beef and cook, turning as needed, until browned all over, about 15 minutes total. Transfer to a plate.

Add chopped vegetables to pot and cook, stirring often, until beginning to brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Add broth, wine, thyme sprigs, and beef. Cover and bring to a boil, then transfer pot to oven. Bake until beef is tender when pierced, 3 to 3 1/4 hours, turning roast over once.

Meanwhile, melt margarine in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add shallots and cook, stirring often, until beginning to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add mushrooms, increase heat to high, and cook, stirring often, until liquid has evaporated and mushrooms are beginning to brown, 12 to 14 minutes. Stir in thyme leaves and salt and pepper to taste.

Transfer beef to a platter; cover with foil and keep warm in a 200° oven. Pour braising liquid through a strainer into a wide frying pan. Skim off fat. Boil over high heat until reduced by about half, about 20 minutes. Stir in orange zest and salt and pepper to taste. Pour sauce into a bowl.

Cut beef into 1/2-in. slices and drizzle with a little sauce. Spoon mushrooms around meat and serve with remaining sauce on the side.

Apple Crostata


Serves 6

I cannot get enough recipes with apples this time of year. This one is best served with a little pareve ice cream or pareve whipped cream. This is a modified recipe from a restaurant called Sea Glass on Cape Cod.

CRUST
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) chilled margarine butter, cut into 1/2″ cubes
¼ teaspoon butter extract (optional, this is pareve and made by McCormick)

FILLING
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pinch of fine sea salt
2-1/2 pounds Golden Delicious apples (about 5 large), peeled, halved, cored, cut into 1/4″-thick slices (about 7 cups) or use another firm, fresh local apple
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 large egg
2 tablespoons raw sugar
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
Pareve vanilla ice cream or pareve whipped cream

CRUST
Place flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor; pulse to blend. Add margarine and butter extract; pulse just until coarse meal forms. Add 1/4 cup ice water; pulse until dough forms clumps, adding more ice water by teaspoonfuls if dough is dry. Gather dough into a ball; flatten into a disk. Wrap dough in plastic and chill 1 hour.

DO AHEAD: Crust can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled. Allow to stand at room temperature for 15 minutes to soften slightly before rolling out.

FILLING
Preheat oven to 400°. Place a large sheet of parchment paper on a work surface. Roll out dough disk on parchment paper to 15″ round (some of dough will extend over edges of paper).

Whisk sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl. Add apples and lemon juice to bowl with sugar mixture; toss to coat apples evenly.

Transfer apples to crust, mounding in center and leaving a 3″ plain border. (Scrape out any juices from bowl and drizzle over apples. Fold crust edges up over outer edges of filling, crimping dough and folding and pleating as needed to fit. Slide crostata and parchment onto a large rimless baking sheet. Crack egg into a small bowl. Using a fork, beat egg just to blend. Brush crust edges with beaten egg, then sprinkle crust with raw sugar.

Place crostata in oven and bake until juices in center are thick and bubbling, about 1 hour. Let cool for 5 minutes. Run a long, thin knife or offset spatula around edges of crostata to loosen from paper and to prevent it from sticking to the paper. Transfer baking sheet with crostata to a wire rack. Brush apples generously with maple syrup. Let crostata cool.

Cut crostata into wedges. Place wedges on plates and serve with pareve ice cream or pareve whipped cream.

Roasted Dates with Pastrami, Almonds, and Spices

Serves 6

This date recipe is great as a side dish for the simanim. It’s really interesting combination of flavors. The roasting of the dates creates a sweeter taste and wonderful texture.

2 cups pitted dates
3 ounces pastrami, finely diced (1/2 cup)
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon unsalted margarine
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Zest of 1/4 lemon
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Put the dates on a small rimmed baking sheet and roast in the oven until heated through, about 15 minutes.

In a medium saute pan over medium heat, cook the pastrami for 3 minutes until warm. Add the almonds and continue cooking until they brown, a few minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute or so. Add the red pepper flakes and stock and bring to a simmer, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the margarine, stirring continuously until the margarine is melted. Stir in the lemon juice and parsley.

Add the dates to the pan and swirl and toss them in the sauce. Divide the cooked dates among 4 to 6 plates and spoon the sauce over them.

Winter Squash with Caramelized Onions

By Chef Joan Nathan for GKC

Serves 8
2 pounds butternut squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
½ cup slivered almonds
2 pounds onions, peeled and sliced thinly in rounds
Salt to taste
1 bunch flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
2 teaspoons plus 1-tablespoon sugar
1-teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup raisins
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place the squash, cut side down, on a rimmed baking sheet. Add ¼ cup water, cover with aluminum foil, and bake until the squash is very soft, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, and once it’s cool enough to handle, scoop out the pulp into a large bowl.

Heat the oil in a large skillet, toss in the almonds, and cook until golden. With a slotted spoon, remove to a plate, and set aside. Sauté the onions in the same pan over medium heat until translucent. Then add salt to taste, 2 tablespoons of the parsley, 2 teaspoons of the sugar, the cinnamon, and the raisins, and continue to cook, stirring occasionally for about 30 more minutes, or until the onions are caramelized.

Gently fold the onions into the squash. Season with pepper and more salt, if necessary, and sprinkle with the remaining parsley, the almonds, and if you wish, the extra tablespoon of sugar. Serve immediately, or make ahead and reheat.

Chocolate Pudding Cake


Serves 6

You can never have enough delicious chocolate recipes. This one is easy and delicious served warm. I like to serve it on a cold Succot night with some powdered sugar and whipped cream sprinkled on top.

Pudding Cake:
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup non-dairy creamer
1/3 cup margarine, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Topping:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1-1/4 cups hot water

Other toppings:
Pareve Vanilla or Mint chocolate chip ice cream, for serving
Powdered Sugar
Pareve Whipping cream

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

For the cake: Whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Whisk in the non-dairy creamer, margarine and vanilla. Stir together until smooth with a wooden spoon or spatula.

Pour the batter into an ungreased 9-inch square baking pan. Use an offset spatula to level into pan.

For the topping: Whisk together the sugars and cocoa and sprinkle it evenly over the batter. Pour the hot water over the top, resist the temptation to stir it into the batter.

Bake about 30 minutes, you want the center to bubble and look almost set, almost like an undercooked brownie. Take out of the oven and let stand 15 minutes. Serve in dessert dishes, spooning sauce from bottom of pan over top. Serve with anilla or mint chocolate chip pareve ice cream, powdered sugar, or pareve whipping cream, if desired.

Applesauce Spice Cake

½ cup (1 stick) margarine, room temperature
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon cloves
¼ cup nondairy creamer mixed with ¼ teaspoon vinegar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan. In a stand mixer, cream margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add the vanilla and applesauce and beat until smooth.

Stir together flour, baking soda and spices and pour ½ this mixture into batter. Add the nondairy creamer and then remaining dry ingredients. Stir until completely incorporated but do not over mix. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes in pan before removing to wire rack to finish cooling. Dust with powdered sugar before serving, if desired.

Standing Rib Roast

photo by Edmund Barr

Serves 12

This roast recipe is definitely something to splurge on for Rosh Hashanah. It is easy to make but an expensive cut of meat. It is really worth it though and will be something really special for the Yom Tov meal.

1/3 cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon chopped thyme leaves
2 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper
Kosher salt
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
One 5-rib 12- to 13-pound standing rib roast

Preheat the oven to 450°. In a small bowl, mix the mustard with the garlic, thyme, pepper and 2 teaspoons of kosher salt. Whisk in the olive oil.

Set the meat, bone side down, in a roasting pan and season it lightly with salt. Roast the meat in the lower third of the oven for 20 minutes.

Remove the meat from the oven and reduce the temperature to 350°. Brush the mustard coating all over the top and sides of the meat and roast for about 1 1/2 hours longer, rotating the roasting pan 2 or 3 times for even browning. The meat is done when an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the roast at the thickest part registers 120° (for medium rare). Transfer the roast to a carving board, cover it loosely with foil and let rest for 20 to 30 minutes.

Set the roast on its side and run a long, sharp knife between the bones and meat; remove the bones and set them aside. Turn the roast right side up. Carve the roast 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick and transfer the slices to warmed plates.

Want to try another standing rib roast? I love this one studded with garlic, Standing Rib Roast Studded with Garlic.

Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze

photo: flickr

2 cups flour
2 cups apples, peeled and thinly sliced
1-3/4 cups brown sugar
¾ cup (1-1/2 sticks) margarine, softened
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3 eggs

Caramel Glaze:
¼ cup margarine
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons nondairy creamer
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 12-cup Bundt pan. In a large stand mixer, on medium speed, mix together all batter ingredients. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 50 to 55 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing to wire rack to finish cooling. Drizzle with Caramel Glaze. To make glaze, stir together margarine, brown sugar and nondairy creamer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil; remove from heat and stir in powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix until smooth. If too thick to drizzle, add a little more nondairy creamer.

Apple Upside-Down Cake

photo: americastestkitchen.com

4 Granny Smith apples
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons margarine
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup sugar
1 cup pareve whip
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Peel apples and slice thinly. Toss with lemon juice. Place margarine in a 9-inch round baking dish. Place in oven until melted; then remove. Sprinkle brown sugar over margarine. Place apple slices in circular shape around pan, slightly overlapping, until whole pan is covered.

Beat together egg and sugar until well mixed. Stir together pareve whip and vanilla. Stir together flour and baking powder. Add to egg mixture alternately with whip, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Pour over apples. Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes, then turn over onto rack to finish cooling.

Traditional Apple Cake

photo: eclecticepicurean.com

This is the apple cake you expect but so much better – probably as good as it gets – from my good friend and expert chef, Debby Segura.
(Serves 18)

Apple Mixture:
6 medium sized apples, Mackintosh or Braeburn if possible
1/3 cup honey or ½ cup sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons lemon juice

Cake:
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
1/3 cup orange juice
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt

Place the oven rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a ten inch angel food cake pan. Set it aside.

Apple Mixture: Peel, core and slice 4 of the apples into 1/4″ thick slices. Core, but do not peel, the last 2 apples, and slice into 1/4″ slices. In a medium sized mixing bowl, toss all the apples with the honey or sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice very gently, until coated. Reserve the slices which are not peeled in a separate bowl.

Cake: In the large bowl of an electric mixer combine the flour, sugar, oil, eggs, orange juice, baking powder, vanilla and salt. Increase the speed to medium-high and mix until well-blended, about 2 minutes. Pour 1/3 of the batter into the prepared pan, and smooth the batter. Arrange ½ of the peeled apple slices over the batter (being very careful not to let the apple slices directly touch any par of the pan, as it with stick to the pan and be problematic when the cake is cooked). Cover this apple layer with ½ of the remaining batter, and smooth the batter. Arrange the rest of the peeled apples over the batter. Pour the remaining batter over this second apple layer, and smooth this final layer of batter. Arrange the unpeeled apple slices over this batter, creating a fan of slightly overlapping slices that go all around the center of the tube pan. If there is any cinnamon juice left over from the apple mixture, drizzle it over the apple fan. Place the cake pan on a square of heavy aluminum foil (fold up the edges of the foil to form a tiny pan, thus preventing any juice that may leak out of the pan from dirtying your oven), and place it in the oven to bake for 75 to 85 minutes, or until a toothpick tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Remove the cake from the oven and place it on a rack to cool for 10 minutes. Gently release the cake from the sides of the pan with a small thin knife, if it appears to stick, and then remove the sides of the pan. Allow the cake to cool, with the center piece still in place, until room temperature before gently releasing and then removing the center piece. Place the cake on a cake stand. Immediately before serving, sift powdered sugar over the cake. Place some tiny apples or crab apples at the base of the cake for a garnish.