The desserts were amazing this morning from Classic Cake Bakery! On Eye Opener this morning, we celebrated Rosh Hashanah, which honors the Jewish New Year. The holiday will begin at sundown on Wednesday, but we got a taste of the sweet treats that will be front and center on tables throughout the Delaware Valley as families gather together to usher in a sweet and abundant New Year.
Chef Robert Bennett of Classic Cake Bakery made Jewish Apple Cake which was surprisingly simple and delicious with fresh green apples, orange juice, cinnamon and sugar. We also enjoyed coconut macaroons, rugelach, apples and honey. And, there were carrots and fruits like pomegranate which has 613 seeds, the exact number of commandments from the Torah.
So, if you’re ready to whip up some Jewish Apple Cake which is fantastic any time of year – Chef Bennett filled us in on his recipe:
Jewish Apple Cake
6 apples, Granny Smith preferred
1 tablespoon cinnamon
5 tablespoons sugar
2 3/4 cups flour, sifted
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9” Bundt pan. Peel, core and chop apples into chunks. Toss with cinnamon and sugar and set aside.
Stir together flour, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, orange juice, sugar and vanilla. Mix wet ingredients into the dry ones, then add eggs, one at a time. Scrape down the bowl to ensure all ingredients are incorporated.
Pour half of batter into prepared pan. Spread half of apples over it. Pour the remaining batter over the apples and arrange the remaining apples on top. Bake for about 1 1/2 hours, or until a tester comes out clean.
Happy New Year! And, remember to check us out each weekday morning from 6 to 8 a.m. on Eye Opener and follow us on Twitter @EyeOpenerPhilly. You can find our host Jennifer Lewis-Hall on Twitter @JenLewisHall. Check out our Facebook Page for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Classic Cake Bakery!