Traditional Apple Cake

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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.

Carrot and Toasted Cumin Salad

Serves 4

This is an interesting combination of sweet carrots and savory toasted cumin. It is flavorful and full of color. It’s a nice side dish or dish for the simanim on Rosh Hashanah.

2 large carrots, peeled
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 tablespoons olive oil
Zest of 1 lemon plus juice of ½ lemon
¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro or mint
Kosher salt and pepper to taste

Grate the carrots on a large box grater and put them in a bowl. Put the cumin seeds in a small skillet and toast over medium heat, shaking the skillet frequently until the cumin is fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the cumin seeds, lemon zest and juice, and olive oil and chopped cilantro to the carrots and toss. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Sesame Crusted Salmon

photo: Melanie Acevedo

Serves 4 and can be doubled

This salmon recipe is nice enough for company and easy enough to serve as a weekday fish. I serve it as a first course or as the main course in a dairy holiday meal. It’s beautiful on the plate.

1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons red wine
1/2 cup pareve chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons water
1 egg white
2 pounds center-cut salmon fillet, cut into 4 pieces
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup cooking oil

In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, red wine, pareve chicken broth, sugar, ginger, and garlic. In another small bowl, stir together the 2 teaspoons cornstarch and the water.

Whisk together the egg white and the 2 tablespoons cornstarch. Brush the skinless side of the salmon with the egg-white mixture and then dip it into the sesame seeds to coat.

In a large nonstick frying pan, heat the oil over moderately high heat. Put the salmon in the pan, sesame-seed side down, and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Turn and cook until just done, about 3 minutes longer for a 1-inch-thick fillet. Remove.

Pour any oil from the pan. Add the soy-sauce mixture. Simmer for 2 minutes, stirring. Whisk in the cornstarch-and-water mixture and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute longer. Serve the salmon with the sauce poured around it.

Salmon Sashimi with Soy and Hot Sesame Oil

photo by Anna Williams


Serves 4 and can be doubled

The original recipe came from Food and Wine magazine. GKC adapted it a bit and it is a bit spicy and delicious. The salmon is cooked with the hot oil so it has a sashimi texture. I tried it with both salmon from the sushi store and fresh salmon with no skin from the fish market. The salmon from the sushi store was cut a little more perfectly so the presentation was picture quality but they are equally delicious. It’s a good fish recipe for the holidays.

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon fresh orange juice
Twelve 1/8-inch-thick slices of salmon, cut into 2-inch squares (1/4 pound)
One 1/4-inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced paper-thin and cut into thin matchsticks (about 24 pieces)
1 tablespoon snipped chives
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
1-1/2 teaspoons roasted sesame seeds
2 tablespoons cilantro leaves
5 scallions

In a small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of the soy sauce with the lime and orange juices. In a medium bowl, toss the salmon with the remaining 1/4 cup of soy sauce and let stand for 1 minute, then drain. Arrange 3 slices of salmon on each plate and top with the ginger and chives.

In a small saucepan, heat the canola oil with the sesame oil over moderately high heat until smoking, about 2 minutes. Drizzle the hot oil over the salmon pieces. Spoon the soy-citrus sauce on top. Sprinkle with the roasted sesame seeds and cilantro leaves and serve.

As a garnish: Grill or sear the scallions in 1 teaspoon sesame oil until cooked through. Serve on top.

Honeydew and Cantaloupe Granita

These can be served together – for a beautiful presentation – or separately. They are refreshing at the end of the meal with perhaps some cookies on the side or a nice palate cleanser in the middle.

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Honeydew Granita
1 large honeydew, peeled, seeded and chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
4 tablespoons sugar

Add all ingredients to food processor and process until puréed. Pour into freezer container and freeze for one hour. Scrape with fork and return to freezer. Repeat every ½ hour until completely frozen (2 to 3 more times). Remove from freezer 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

photo: eatbetteramerica.com


Cantaloupe Granita
1 large cantaloupe, peeled, seeded and chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
4 tablespoons sugar

Follow same instructions as for honeydew granite, substituting cantaloupe for honeydew and lemon juice for lime. Enjoy!

Chocolate Raspberry Cakes

photo: mytidykitchen.com

Serves 6

These are super easy and really delicious. The raspberry addition is a surprise and makes these festive. They are great served warm in Succah or for company.

8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
14 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) unsalted margarine, diced
2 tablespoons seedless raspberry preserves
4 large eggs
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease six 3/4-cup soufflé dishes or custard cups. Arrange dishes on baking sheet. Mix chocolate, margarine, and preserves in saucepan. Stir over low heat until chocolate melts. Remove from heat; cool to lukewarm, stirring often, about 10 minutes.

Whisk eggs, sugar, and vanilla in large bowl to blend well, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in chocolate mixture. Divide batter among prepared dishes.

Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out with some moist batter still attached, about 20 minutes. Let cool 30 minutes (centers may fall). Serve cakes warm or at room temperature.

Like individual chocolate cakes? Try these too, Chocolate Molten Cakes.

Salmon with Tomatoes, Spinach and Mushrooms

8 (4-ounce) salmon fillets
4 cups chopped fresh spinach
2 (8-ounce) packages sliced mushrooms
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 cup Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette (purchased)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place fillets, skin side down, in a greased 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Evenly distribute vegetables and pour dressing over all. Bake for about 25 minutes. Serve with a simple white rice.

Still in the mood for salmon? Try our Salmon with Brown Sugar and Mustard Glaze.

Apple Date Cake

photo: thebakingpan.com


3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon allspice
2 eggs
1 (21-ounce) can apple pie filling
½ cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped dates

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all dry ingredients in large bowl. Whisk together eggs, apple pie filling, oil and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients. Stir in dates. Pour into greased 9 x 13-inch pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

Wine Braised Beets

Serves 6-8
I serve this year round not just for Rosh Hashanah. It’s a great side dish recipe especially for beet lovers like me.

2 bunches, medium beets
12 shallots, peeled
3 tablespoons olive oil
½ dry red wine
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Peel the beets and cut each one into 8 chunks. Mix the beets and shallots together in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Toss the olive oil and red wine and season with salt and pepper. Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil and bake until the beets are just tender, about 1 ¼ hours.

Stir in the brown sugar and red wine vinegar. Bake uncovered stirring occasionally until the vegetables are tender and glazed with the sauce, about 15 to 20 minutes more.

Need another recipe for beets? Try this one for Roasted Beets with Lemon Tarragon Vinaigrette.

Mashed Potatoes with Horseradish

6 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
3 cups pareve chicken broth
¼ cup margarine
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon salt

Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for about ½ hour. Heat broth and margarine. Add to potatoes as you mash. Stir in horseradish and salt.

Leeks in Honey


8 large leeks, cleaned well and sliced
½ cup chicken broth (regular or pareve)
2 tablespoons margarine, melted
2 tablespoons honey
Dash pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place leeks in small baking pan and cover with broth, then melted margarine and honey. Sprinkle with pepper and bake, uncovered, until golden – about 30 minutes.

Spinach and Apple Salad

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Dressing
1/4 cup canola oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
12 ounces spinach
1 large red delicious apple, cored and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/3 cup sliced scallions
2 tablespoons baco bits
2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Whisk together all dressing ingredients. Toss with salad ingredients and serve immediately.

Arugula Salad with Oranges and Caramelized Fennel

photo by Mattie Batista


Serves 6

Spicy arugula with sweet oranges, what a nice combination of sweet and savory. I always like salad recipes with that contrast.
2 large fresh fennel bulbs, trimmed, each cut vertically into 12 wedges with some core attached
6 fresh thyme sprigs
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/4 cup Sherry wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
4 oranges, all peel and white pith cut away, halved vertically, thinly sliced crosswise
2 (5-ounce) packages baby arugula

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine fennel wedges, thyme, and 4 tablespoons oil in large bowl; toss to coat. Arrange fennel, cut side down, on large rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast until fennel is tender and brown, turning once, about 40 minutes. Discard thyme sprigs. This can be prepared ahead of time and stored. Use at room temperature.

Whisk vinegar, mustard, and 2 tablespoons oil in large bowl. Season dressing with salt and pepper. Add fennel, orange slices, and arugula. Toss to coat. Transfer salad to large shallow bowl.

I love arugula in salads. If you do too, try another one, like this Boston Lettuce and Arugula Salad with Tangerines.

Braised Sausages with Apples

¼ cup margarine
3 pounds sausages – an Italian Beef and Italian Turkey combination works well here as does a combination of sweet and hot
2 onions, thinly sliced
4 Granny Smith apples, peeled and thickly sliced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Melt margarine in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausages and brown. Add onion and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add apples and cook for about 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Cook over low heat for about 20 minutes.

Chicken with Shallots and Morels

Serves 4

I love this chicken dish. In fact chicken with wine, mushrooms and onions is my favorite combination. Make it for Yom Tov or for any time of the year. It’s a great chicken recipe.

3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1 (4 pound) chicken, cut into 8 pieces
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ cup minced shallots
1 pound fresh morel mushrooms, sliced
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup low-salt chicken stock
½ cup pareve whipping cream (soymilk can be used but it will not thicken as well)

Melt 2 tablespoons oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat.
Season chicken generously with salt and pepper. Add chicken to skillet and cook, turning once, until golden brown, about 6 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate. Reduce heat to medium. Add remaining oil to skillet. Add shallots and sauté until soft, about 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and sauté until they begin to release liquid, about 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer mushrooms to a plate. Add wine to skillet and boil until reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Add stock and bring to a boil. Return chicken to a skillet, cover with lid slightly ajar, reduce heat to a medium-low, and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Transfer chicken to a platter. Return mushrooms to a skillet; add pareve cream. Simmer, uncovered, until sauce thickens slightly, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour sauce over chicken and serve.

Coconut-Jalapeno Chicken

If you like chicken with a kick, this is the dish for you. Serve over rice to soak up the delicious sauce (I could actually skip the chicken and just eat the rice and sauce!)

8 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon cumin
½ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon turmeric
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
2 jalapenos, chopped
2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
4 tomatoes, chopped
2 (14-ounce) cans coconut milk

Place chicken breasts in a Ziploc bag or plastic container. Mix together olive oil, cumin, pepper, turmeric and cinnamon. Pour over chicken and mix well to coat. Seal bag or container and marinate for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator. Pour into large skillet and cook over medium-high heat – about 5 minutes per side. Remove to 9 x 13-inch pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In same skillet, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and sauté onion, ginger, jalapeno and garlic over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and coconut milk and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Pour over chicken in pan. Cover and bake for at least half an hour and up to 1-1/2 hours.

Root Beer Bundt Cake

photograph by: Kam King

Serves 10

Bundt cakes are great to have around for guests as dessert, to serve with coffee in the morning or as an extra sweet snack. This one is quick and easy and has an unrecognizable ingredient that adds spice, sweet and richness to the taste.

1 stick unsalted margarine, plus more for the pan
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
2-1/2 cups root beer
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon salt, plus a pinch
3 large eggs, beaten
2-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan; tap out the excess flour.

Heat 2 cups root beer, the cocoa powder, chocolate and 1 stick margarine in a large saucepan over medium heat until the margarine melts. Add the granulated and brown sugars and whisk until dissolved. Remove from the heat and let cool.

Combine 2 cups flour, the baking soda, allspice and 1 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Whisk the eggs into the root beer mixture, then gently fold in the dry ingredients (the batter will be slightly lumpy).

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean, 55 minutes to 1 hour, rotating the pan halfway through. Transfer to a rack. Gently poke the cake all over with a skewer and pour 1/4 cup root beer over the cake; let cool in the pan for 20 minutes, then invert the cake onto a serving plate and let cool completely.

Meanwhile, make the glaze: Whisk the remaining 1/4 cup root beer, a pinch of salt, the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla in a bowl until smooth. Drizzle over the cake.

Beef Tagine with Butternut Squash

Photograph by: John Autry

Serves 4
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (1-pound) beef shoulder roast or brick roast, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 shallots, quartered
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1 (14.5-ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
3 cups (1-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash (about 1 pound)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Combine paprika, cinnamon, salt, ginger, red pepper, and black pepper in a medium bowl. Add beef and toss well to coat.

Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add beef and shallots. Cook 4 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in broth and tomatoes and bring to a boil. Cook 5 minutes. Add squash, then cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until squash is tender. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve over rice.

Did you like this roast recipe? Try this one too, it’s a GKC most popular recipe called Sweet and Savory Brick Roast.

Hanger Steak with Green-Garlic Sauce

Photograph by: Jennifer Marine

Serves 4

Hanger steak is very easy to prepare on the grill or in the grill pan and cooks very quickly. It is extra tasty with a sauce like the green-garlic sauce and is also great on a salad.

2 hanger steaks or 1 skirt steak (1 1/2 pounds total)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons margarine, divided
1 cup chopped green onions
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

Sprinkle steaks with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Add steaks and cook, turning once, until medium-rare, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and tent with foil.

Reduce heat to medium and add 1 tablespoon margarine to pan. Add greenonions and garlic and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Pour in broth, wine, and vinegar and cook, stirring to release browned bits, until reduced by two-thirds. Remove from heat and stir in remaining margarine. Season with remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and serve with sliced steak. Great warm or serve at room temperature.

Want to try another recipe with skirt steak? I like this one, Skirt Steak with Red Wine Glaze.

Apple Ginger Chutney

photo: mixedgreensblog.com

4 Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
1-1/2 cups cider vinegar
1-1/4 cups brown sugar
¾ cup golden raisins
¼ cup minced fresh ginger
½ teaspoon red chili flakes
¼ cup chopped cilantro (optional)

In a large saucepan, combine the apples, onion, vinegar, brown sugar, raisins and chili flakes. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for about 40 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro if desired. Cool completely and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Grilled Lamb with Rosemary, Garlic, and Mustard

Photograph by: Susanna Howe

Serves 8

This is a classic lamb dish. Rosemary, garlic and mustard pair very well with lamb and are natural flavor enhancers. I like to serve lamb for special occasion meals like Rosh Hashannah or Succot. I serve it with flowered roasted potatoes. This dish is grilled but an indoor grill pan works well too.

1 well-trimmed 4-pound piece of lamb, butterflied to even 2-inch thickness (ask the butcher to butterfly it for you).
8 garlic cloves, peeled, divided
1/2 cup whole grain Dijon mustard
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
Fresh rosemary sprigs and fresh Italian parsley sprigs

Open lamb like book on work surface. Using tip of small knife, make 1/2-inch-deep slits all over lamb. Thinly slice 4 garlic cloves. Insert garlic slices into slits in lamb. Combine remaining 4 garlic cloves, mustard, olive oil, white wine, rosemary, and lemon juice in processor. Blend until coarse puree forms. Spread underside of lamb with half of puree. Place lamb, seasoned side down, in 15x10x2-inch glass baking dish. Spread remaining puree over top of lamb. Cover lamb with plastic wrap and chill overnight.

Let lamb stand at room temperature 2 hours. Coat grill rack with nonstick spray and prepare barbecue (medium-high heat) or grill pan. Sprinkle lamb generously with salt and pepper on both sides. Grill lamb to desired doneness, about 17 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer lamb to cutting board; let rest 10 to 20 minutes.

Thinly slice lamb against grain. Overlap slices on platter. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Garnish with fresh herb sprigs.

Rainbow Chopped Salad

Photograph by: Kiyoshi Togashi

This is a very easy salad recipe that is nice for Rosh Hashannah because it is beautiful to look at and includes pomegranates and other colorful fruits. You can add figs or dates to include other symbolic foods in the salad.

Dressing
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1-1/2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
1/2 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup hazelnut oil or extra-virgin olive oil

Salad
6 cups chopped romaine hearts
4 cups sliced red cabbage
1 large Fuji apple, halved, cored, diced
1 Asian pear, halved, cored, diced
1 mango, peeled, diced, or 2 Fuyu persimmons, peeled, seeded, diced
3/4 cup pecans, toasted, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

For the dressing
Whisk vinegar, shallot, and honey in small bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in oil. Season dressing to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

For the salad
Combine romaine and next 6 ingredients in very large bowl; toss to blend. Add dressing and toss to coat.