Tuesday, October 20, 2009

In Honor and in Memory

Today is my Dad's birthday, so in honor of him I made my Mom-Mom's Jewish Apple Cake. You see Thursday is my Mom-Mom's birthday, and I wanted to make one of her recipes in memory of Mom-Mom. Dad sent me this one for Jewish Apple Cake, and I thought it was only fitting to make it for this week. My Mom-Mom was an amazing woman. She was loyal, hard working, honest and one heck of a baker. Mom-Mom had a legendary sweet tooth, and I believe she passed that on to everyone in the family. There were always something yummy to eat whenever we went to visit her. She is just one of the reasons I like to bake so much. So Mom-Mom, I hope I did you proud this week in making your recipe. They turned out quite good, if I do say so myself, and made a delicious breakfast for me this morning. (I'm planning on having some on Thursday too for her.)

Preheat oven to 350. Now you are suppose to use a (greased) tube pan for this recipe, but believe it or not, I don't have one. So I made them as muffins. They came out very nice this way and took half as long to bake.

3 c flour
2 c sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. Baking powder

1 cup oil
4 eggs
¼ cup orange juice
2 ½ tsp. vanilla

4 chopped apples
2 tsp Cinnamon
5 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. nutmeg

This is a pretty simple recipe. Put all your dry ingredients together, mix all you wet ingredients together, and combine the chopped (and peeled) apple together with the sugar and spices.

Mix the wet ingredients with your dry ingredients. You will get a very thick and very sticky batter.

Pour half the batter into your pan. Add a layer of apples and then cover with more batter. Top with the remaining apples.

Bake for 1 1/2 hour. Yes believe me it will take that long to bake, and it will be so worth the wait. If you do make these as muffins (like I did), bake for about 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean (the good old reliable toothpick test).

You can serve this warm or cold, with powdered sugar sprinkled on top, or not. Just make sure you enjoy them.


  1. Great idea Kris! I'm sure Dad appreciates the thought and I know Mom-mom is looking down with a smile.

  2. Hey Kris,
    You have inspired me to core and peel enough apples to make these delicious looking muffins, something I ordinarily don't like to do (coring and peeling, that is!). I'll let you know how mine turn out! Love, MOM

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  4. Hi Andrea...Thank you for your kind words and thank you for reading my blog. How exactly does a link exchange work? It sounds like fun. I tried to check out your blog but I sadly know no Italian. Is there a way I can translate it into English through blogspot?

    And don't you worry about your English...it's far far better then my Italian. ;)