Happy New Year – 5773

That’s right! Sunday night at approximately sunset, the Jewish New Year 5773 begins.  Many traditions surround the foods served on this – and all – Jewish holidays and especially those to wish family and friends a Happy, Healthy and Sweet New Year.

One tradition is to serve and eat sliced apples dipped in honey. In honor of 5773, try this easy Sunken Apple Cake that can be made a day in advance and celebrate whether you are Jewish or not!

Sunken Apple and Honey Cake

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 3 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored & cut  into 8-10 wedges
  • 3/4 plus 1 Tbsp. cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 6 Tbsp. butter, softened but not melted
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9″ springform pan with cooking spray. Combine the honey and lemon juice in large, non-stick skillet. Bring to simmer over medium heat; add apples and cook 12-14 minutes until apples are tender but not mushy. Turn apples occasionally to  coat on all sides. Remove from heat and set aside to cool

In bowl of mixer, combine 3/4 cup sugar, butter, brown sugar and vanilla. Beat on medium until well blended, about 45 seconds – 1 minute. Add eggs and zest and continue beating until well mixed. In separate bowl, add flour, baking powder and salt; whisk to combine. Gradually add flour mixture to wet mixture and beat slowly until blended.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Remove the apples from the skillet with a fork or slotted spoon, draining well. Discard liquid. Position apple slices like spokes around the top of the batter. Make 2 rows if you have room. Combine remaining 1 tsp. sugar with cinnamon and sprinkle over top of apple cake. During baking, the apples will sink slightly into the batter.

Bake for 1 hour; cool completely. Release the sides of the springform pan and slide onto serving plate.

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