For Rosh Hashana, the celebration of the Jewish new year that begins this Sunday night, the most iconic food pairing is apples and honey. It’s said to represent a sweet new year – and conveniently coincides with the beginning of apple season, when I simply can’t get enough Honey Crisps, Galas and Fujis.
In addition to the holiday tradition of dipping apple slices in honey, there are plenty of ways to show off this sweet combination. Let’s start with the fancy. Acclaimed pastry chef Francois Payard offers a gorgeous Apple Financier Tart every year for the holiday, and he’s shared the recipe. It’s less intimidating than you might think, but hesitant bakers can always order one from his bakeries or online ($33/six servings and $44/eight servings).
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Our season-long garden party Summer Fest 2012 welcomes food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. We’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. Fresh this week: apples.
Here are seven ways to cook apples into a delicious dessert:
1. Apple Crumble Bars (pictured above)
Turn a traditional apple crumble into a hand-held bar treat. Spread an apple butter and dried apple filling into an oat and flour base before scattering with streusel topping.
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Apple lovers get ready: Our favorite fall fruit is now coming into season sooner than expected. From the apple-growing regions of New York, Michigan, and Washington, we can expect to get a jump-start on everything apple, from pick-your-own apple orchards to frosty mugs of apple cider. Though a simple caramel-dipped apple is our favorite, there are plenty of delicious ways to take advantage of autumn’s early bounty. Bake apples into sweet pies and crumbles, or roast them for a savory companion to meat.
Here are five standout apple recipes:
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I’m kicking off my Cooking Channel blog series with quite possibly the most everyday cake in Russian culinary repertoire; every, and I mean every, Russian household makes this cake. The famed, quotidian Sharlotka is nothing more than a bit of flour bound together by eggs, sugar and a dash of leavening with some apples. Every time someone in Russia would drop in unexpectedly, my mother would disappear in the kitchen for a few minutes and, an hour later, we had a gorgeous apple cake waiting for us all to enjoy. Judging by how busy everyone is these days and how the holiday season only exacerbates our time deficit, this is a good cake to have in your arsenal of dishes.
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When autumn arrives, the farmers’ markets are brimming with apples of every variety. The excitement we get when we discover wonderful new apple varieties is like being kids in Candy Land.
With a plethora of fresh apples to eat, we’re still continually creating new recipes to enjoy them when they’re cooked. When apples are cooked to a soft texture, a little sprinkle of cinnamon transforms them into the perfect simple dessert.
Apple fries are another fun way to enjoy apples when you have an abundance. Quickly fried apples sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and powdered sugar are like fruit candy. The soft texture of the sweet apple and cinnamon fragrance make for a simple way to enjoy apples as a dessert.
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You’ve been sharing your Fall Baking projects, and we couldn’t be happier. The beauty above is a Seckel pear tart with almond-Meyer lemon frangipane on whole wheat pastry crust, as shared by The Food Diva in Austin, TX. Dee-lish.
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We’re kicking off our season long Fall Fest 2011, which welcomes food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. We’ll help you to enjoy all that this season has to offer. First up is the autumnal favorite: apples.
You could spend hours browsing the extensive selection of in-season apples at the farmers’ market, but I’m happy to head straight for the Honey Crisp variety. Some might call these “fancy” because they cost a little more. But one bite of this super sweet and crunchy gift from the orchard and I promise, you’ll be sold.
So I’m happy to eat these as soon as I can get my hands on them, but their super-sweet quality and zero chance for mealy texture makes them the perfect candidate for a salad mix-in.
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Go beyond dipping for Rosh Hashana with Kelsey's Honey-Glazed Apple Pear Tart.
This week rings in Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year. Instead of toasting with lots of bubbly, this celebration involves a big spread of food, Manischewitz wine and apple slices dipped in honey to symbolize a sweet new year. An apple-shaped honey bowl to use for this purpose is a common Jewish wedding gift and, sure enough, as a newlywed, I’m now the proud owner of one.
To kick off the year 5772 on an extra-sweet note, go beyond dipping and jazz up your holiday spread with Cooking Channel recipes that feature the traditional Rosh Hashana pairing of apples and honey. Make sure to leave some apple slices and your little honey pot on the table for good measure — especially if the wedding guest who gave it to you will be in attendance.
5 new takes on apples and honey:
Honey-Glazed Apple Pear Tart (pictured above)
Apple, Dried Cherry and Almond Loaf With Honey
Piadini With Apples, Honey and Blue Cheese
Dessert Pizza With Apple, Gorgonzola and Honey
Apple and Blueberry Hand Pies With Honey
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