alright so as of right now, my rosh hashanah menu consists of:
and these apple and honey muffins (when i imagined myself getting all sticky from balancing a jar of honey and slicing an apple in the cramped little cab of a tractor, i got all squirmy...)
do i need to have a vegetable? i should probably have a vegetable. who has easily transportable autumn-y vegetable recipe suggestions??
and maybe i'll try to stuff some matzo balls down the nozzle of our big tall thermos.
i've never been the biggest fan of honey cake. either that, or by the time dessert rolls around i'm just so stuffed with brisket and challah that i could give zero shits about what the dessert table looks like. guilt came over me this year though when i realized that i've been treating a cake--a cake!--with such little love and respect. so i fiddled with it, failed a bunch, read five thousand recipes, pulled knowledge that i learned from my homemade funfetti® process, and came up with a honey cake that i am proud to call a friend.
this is a no-pressure, low-commitment honey cake that is actually a muffin, so you can get away with eating it at breakfast, lunch, or whenever you want. you do not need to wait until after brisket. you can load the sucker up with cream cheese, yogurt, buttercream, or any other dairy product of your affection and be 100% kosher about it. and you can even toss it around a tractor as your fiancé chisel plows and you let your challah digest. the texture is on the pleasingly denser side and the honey doesn't overpower. apples keep it *moist* and just a teensy bit of whiskey in the batter adds a yummy little zing while leaving you more than enough to sip on while you celebrate.
apple + honey muffins
2 c all-purpose flour
1 c sugar
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
a pinch of cardamom
2 large eggs
1/3 c vegetable oil
1/2 c honey
2 tb whiskey
1/4 c hot coffee
1 large apple, chopped
preheat oven to 350, and line and grease a muffin tin.
in a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients. in a large bowl, combine eggs, oil, honey, and whiskey. whisk in the dry ingredients and then whisk in the coffee. fold in the chopped apple and then scoop into your muffin tin.
bake until golden brown and a toothpick stuck into the center comes out clean. begin checking for doneness at about 20 minutes.
let cool and enjoy!
i like sprinkling them with powdered sugar or plopping a nice blob of yogurt on top.
ingredients for this recipe were provided by minnesota grown, which makes it easier for minnesota ladies (like me!) and gents to support their local farmers! thanks, minnesota grown!!!
p.s. the winner of last week's giveaway has been notified!