Happy New Year!
No. I haven’t jumped into my TARDIS and flown into the future to December 31st.
Sunday, September 16th marks the eve of Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish New Year.
Like the good Jews that we are, we celebrate the holiday surround my food.
Many symbolic foods are eaten during this time as an omen for a good year ahead.
The most well known being apples and honey for a sweet year ahead. Instead of the usual long braided challah, we turn to a sweeter round to symbolize the cycle of the year. Other foods, such as pomegranates, dates, string beans, or leeks wish for prosperity or good health in the coming year.
To celebrate I am joining in the first ever Jewish Holiday Blog Party, hosted by Jessie of Taste and Miriam of Overtime Cook, and sponsored byKitchen Aid! Jewish bloggers from all over the world are celebrating with all kinds of twists on traditional Rosh Hashanah foods.
To kick off the celebration, Levana Kirschenbaum is giving away a copy of her fabulous new book, The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen to three lucky winners. To enter, leave a comment on this post of your favorite food to eat during the Jewish Holidays. Limit one entry per reader per blog, so click over to the other participating blogs below for your chance at additional entries! Giveaway ends 5 am eastern time on September 11th, 2012.
|Honey Caramel Apple Galette||
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon granulated sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons, cold unsalted butter, cut into ½ inch pieces
- 3½ tablespoons cold water
- 2 pounds tart apples, peeled, cored and sliced into ¼ inch pieces
- juice from ½ lemon
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup honey (any variety)
- 4 tablespoon butter
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the flour, sugar and salt. Using a pastry blender, two knives or your hands add the butter – 2 tablespoons at a time and blend until the mixture looks like pebbles.
- Dribble in the water until the dough just comes together, make sure there are no dry patches and it easily forms into a ball. You may not need all the water.
- Place on a lightly floured piece of plastic wrap, pat into a disk and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Dough can be made ahead.
- Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees F.
- Line an un-rimmed baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the sliced apples, lemon juice, sugar and salt. Set aside.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to about 10-12 inches in diameter or ¼ inch thick. Carefully fold up the dough and transfer to the lined baking sheet.
- Arrange the apple slices as you see fit, leaving a 1½ to 2 inch border.
- Bake for 35 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned.
- While the galette is baking, place the honey and sugar in a medium-sized heavy bottomed sauce pan over medium heat.
- Cook until the honey and sugar has dissolved and start to caramelize, this will happen very quickly so make sure not to turn away. You want the caramel to be a dark golden brown – temperature wise it will be at about 250 degrees.
- Swirl in the butter one tablespoon at a time and then with the pot away from the heat carefully pour in the heavy cream. If the caramel seizes place back over the heat to cook until liquid again.
- Stir in the vanilla and salt and set aside to cool.
- The caramel will thicken as it cools.
- After the initial baking time, remove the galette from the oven and brush the honey caramel all over the top and around the crust.
- Return to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes, until set and glazed.
- Let cool slightly before serving. Serve with additional caramel sauce.
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