Rosh Hashanah, literally meaning the "head of the year", is the Jewish New Year. During the two days of Rosh Hashanah we look back upon the year before us in order to remember the mistakes we have made and we also look forward to the year ahead. Apples and honey are eaten during Rosh Hashanah and symbolize our wish for a sweet new year. In theme with the sweet apples you will likely find an apple cake at every Rosh Hashanah gathering.
The recipe for this apple cake comes from my friend Ashlynn's grandmother. The first time Ashlynn brought this cake into the office I felt myself fall in love. I looked around and knew I wasn't alone as everyone else had this look on their faces as if this was also the best apple cake they'd ever tasted. The recipe has since been passed around our office and gets made every Rosh Hashanah and then some more. :)
Shana tova umetukah! Wishing everyone a good and sweet new year.
adapted from Grandma Anne
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups corn oil
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 cups chopped walnuts
4 cups peeled and chopped apples
Preheat the oven to 340 degrees F. Gently mix together the sugar, corn oil, eggs, and vanilla with a wooden spoon. Add the flour, salt, baking soda, walnuts, and apples and mix until combined. Spray a bunt pan with non-stick baking spray (make sure to cover the sides all the way to the top) and pour in the batter. Bake for 1 hour 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 15-30 minutes before turning over onto your serving plate.