I'm the kind of woman who's always cooking new foods and experimenting with recipes, and yet when the Jewish holidays come I tend to serve the classics (with maybe a few new extras). So for us, Rosh Hashanah dinner usually means matzo ball soup, roasted turkey or chicken (plus sides) with mandelbrot and honey cake for dessert.
But last year when my husband Ed and I were in Potsdam, Germany, we stopped by for a little nosh at a café where I ate the most delicious Apple Kuchen of my entire life. I had to have it again. Because I probably wasn't ever going to be back in Potsdam, I needed a good recipe. I fiddled a few times with an old recipe for crumb cake and after several tries I got the Apple Kuchen just right. This cake is too good to miss, and will become my new go-to dessert for the holidays. It's dairy, but I've got a pareve backup: Applesauce Cake. You can't go wrong with either of these. At least my family thinks so!
Ronnie Fein is a cookbook author and cooking teacher in Stamford. Her latest book is The Modern Kosher Kitchen: More than 125 Inspired Recipes for a New Generation of Kosher Cooks . Visit her food blog, Kitchen Vignettes, at www.ronniefein.com and follow on Twitter at @RonnieVFein.