Most of us agree that fried potato pancakes are delicious. The question of what to top them with is a lot more contentious.
This applesauce cake is a Rosh Hashanah staple.
Do crispy, hot, delicious latkes go best with apple sauce, sour cream, or by themselves?
Apple cake is one of Judaism’s most enduring recipes. Every family has its own method and nary a Jewish cookbook is without an entry for this perennial favorite. While the cake is popular year round, at no time does it see more action than during Rosh Hashanah, when apples and honey represent a sweet new year. But there are many other simanim (the symbolic foods of Rosh Hashanah) that get overlooked and this year I wanted to bring them into the picture.
It’s latke season, which also means it’s time to buy applesauce, dig out the applesauce you made in the fall, or make some from scratch now.
My mom used to make applesauce in large batches and freeze half of it for Chanukah. Like all good Jewish mother recipes, this one is not exact – play around with it until it looks right to you.