A Traditional Jewish Apple Cake, enriched with Cream Cheese, and infused with the Toasty, Nutty Flavor of Brown Butter. A Perfect Dessert for your Rosh Hashanah Celebration.
We laid my Grandmother to rest two weeks ago.
But don’t feel bad for me, ok? It was not a sad occasion. She told me so herself.
I will miss her, don’t get me wrong. She was a sassy lady. She was a lot of fun. She loved Frank Sinatra, and animals, coral lipstick and Toujours Moi, and mafia movies, and she always had a layer cake on the table for Sunday supper.
She lived to be 86 years old. Anyone who knows me personally, knows that some of my dearest loved ones were taken from me way too soon. But my Grandmom had a long and full life. She’d made countless lifelong friendships. She was the doting owner of many fluffy (and a few scruffy) pets. She had four children, eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Her illness was just long enough for her to say her goodbyes, but not so long that she suffered too much. She felt ready. And she passed comfortably and peacefully from this world.
We celebrated her beautiful life, and the memory of her, with a lovely luncheon, where all of her loved ones gathered together. She would have loved it. Icould feel her smiling the whole time.
We all know Grandma’s have the best recipes, right? Well, this one’s not from my Grandmom. It’s from one of her best friends, who was seated across from me at the luncheon. She had no idea who she was talking to when she asked if I liked to bake. :P
It’s one of the greatest things about being a food blogger. People want to give you their most treasured family recipes! It happens to me a lot. It makes me feel really honored. I really hope I’ve done ya proud here, Flo!
I’ve only made one minor little tweak to the recipe I was given, and that was to brown the butter. It’s just so trendy right now, I couldn’t resist! And it’s popular for good reason: the flavor is phenomenal.
I especially love that toasty flavor for fall, and it pairs so beautifully with softly cinnamon spiced apples. I’ve chosen to share this recipe today, because we are coming up on the Jewish high holidays, and it’s traditional to celebrate Rosh Hashanah (the start of the new year, according to the Hebrew calendar) by eating apples.
I just love that the cake is enriched with cream cheese! It makes the texture so creamy-dreamy…
Flo insists on Rome or Jonathan apples, specifically. Listen to your Grandma. Or your Grandma’s best friend, as it were.
And the cake is baked in a springform pan. Not a bundt! I thought that was kinda different, but you know what?
Just gaze upon that cinnamon-sugary, craggy-crust. Heaven!
And the cake itself is so dense and moist, and just bursting with juicy apples and toasty, buttery goodness. What a delicious way to start the new year!
L’Shanah Tovah (Happy New Year), to Flo, my dear husband and his family, and all my Jewish readers! May your upcoming year be happy, peaceful, and full of rich blessings. <3
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