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Author Notes: Is it a pie? Is it a cake? The answer is both. It's also a celebration of fall's bounty and family. Now that my mother-in-law's almost 80, I've taken on the role of hosting the Jewish holidays (not a small task for a gal raised Italian-Catholic). Apples and honey are two foods used to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. On the Jewish New Year apple slices are traditionally dipped in honey after a blessing is said for wishes of a sweet new year. —Jennifer Perillo
Serves 8 to 10
- 3 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup butter, divided
- 4 large apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup raisins, steeped in boiling water & well drained
- Butter and flour a 9-inch, 3-inch-deep springform pan. Heat oven to 350F. Dice 1/2 cup of butter, and let it come to room temperature.
- In a large sauté pan, melt the remaining 3 tablespoons of the butter, then sauté the apples over medium-high heat until softened and golden, about 5 minutes. Stir the honey and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon into the apples and cook until the liquids are thick and bubbly.
- In a stand mixer, combine the flour, brown sugar, salt and the remaining spices and mix. Toss in the diced butter and mix until the butter is broken into pea-sized pieces. Reserve 2/3 cup of the mixture for the streusel topping. Add the baking soda to the mixing bowl and mix; then add the pumpkin, sour cream, and eggs, beating until smooth. Stir in the raisins. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.
- Spread the sautéed apples over the batter, then sprinkle the streusel on top. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out with no batter clinging to it. May be served warm or cooled to room temperature. Best served the same day.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Apple Cake