Fall weather, like Spring weather, brings about a certain awakening for many of us. It is a reminder of football season, Thanksgiving, sweaters + Ugg Boots, and smoking chimneys. Fall is also the time when Rosh Hashanah is celebrated, the Jewish New Year. It is a time to start afresh and to bring blessings for the year ahead.
Traditionally, apples and honey are eaten for a “Sweet New Year” – symbolic of the health and happiness we all hope to experience for another year on Earth. There are many foods which may be eaten for Rosh Hashanah including brisket, challah bread, and kugel. Kugels can be made sweet or savory, often made with egg noodles. This particular kugel was made with Rosh Hashanah in mind, made with in-season apples and sweetened with honey. It is not sickeningly sweet and uses cinnamon + nutmeg to enhance the apples and honey.
Oh and by the way, this little gem is part of an awesome collaboration I am working on with Zenbelly, the “REAL” chef in our dynamic duo. So stay tuned and look for #yiddishkitchen for more tasty attractions!
¼ cup coconut flour
½ cup arrowroot flour
½ cup local raw honey
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch sea salt
2 apples, sliced thin
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
3 tablespoons avocado oil, or preferred cooking fat
5 pasture raised eggs
- Begin by preheating your oven to 350.
- Next beat eggs, honey, and avocado oil in one mixing bowl.
- In another mixing bowl, combine coconut flour, arrowroot flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and sea salt.
- Slowly introduce wet ingredients into dry ingredients and whisk until well incorporated.
- In a small greased casserole dish, pour the kugel batter.
- Next arrange your apple slices in the batter. You may arrange them any way you please, submerging the first layer. The 2nd or 3rd layer will be more exposed on top, which makes for a nice presentation after baking.
- Once all of your apple slices have been incorporated, slide your casserole dish into the oven.
- Allow to bake for about 40 minutes and then check it before baking further. It might still be slightly wet in the center depending on the size of your casserole dish. You should not need to bake more than an hour, but baking times will vary by casserole dish and oven
- Your kugel should be done when the center springs back slightly upon pressing. Be careful not to over bake.