Passover is just a little over a week away, and Jewish Food Hero has launched her first cookbook just in time! The Jewish Food Hero Cookbook: 50 Simple Plant-Based Recipes For Your Holiday Meals is a stunningly beautiful collection of global ethnic dishes representing Jewish culture and traditions around the world. Lucky readers, I am giving away a copy today, along with a sneak peek at the book, featuring a recipe for Pistachio Apple Cake!
I have been following Kenden Alfond’s blog for about 2 years. As a vegan Jewish woman, her topics are soul nourishing and her food is inspired. I have been a fan since I went searching for vegan Jewish recipes and discovered her holiday menus. She’s taken those menus and elevated them to a new level in her beautifully photographed and designed cookbook that celebrates the traditions, values, and spirit of the Jewish holidays.
My first thoughts as I read through the cookbook? Inspired. Simple and elegant. Unique flavors. One of the things I appreciate most about Kenden’s menus and recipes is the reflection upon the essence of the holiday that it captures, while celebrating plant-based food. Kenden’s spirit and passion for healthy Jewish living is infused in every recipe. She gives us the inspirational stories behind each menu, as well as an energetic theme to reflect upon as we prepare the meal. Each menu is truly a spiritual experience, which is such a welcome perspective in this hustle and bustle world we live in today. I can often feel overwhelmed, stressed, and rushed as I prepare for a holiday meal, frustrated at the lost joy I held so intently while I was planning and visualizing my menu and holiday. This cookbook works magic to return me to my “happy place” and reflect upon the meaning of the holiday, and the intention for my table.
For today’s giveaway and sneak peek at her recipe for Pistachio Apple Cake, I focused on Passover (Pesach) not only because it is around the corner, but also because it is my favorite Jewish holiday. I love the timing with Spring and the order to the meal. It is a chance for me to showcase the plant-based foods that enrich my life. It is truly a celebration of food and my choice to convert to Judaism 10 years ago. Enjoy this Pistachio Apple Cake. Kenden notes in her cookbook, “Moist, flavorful, and satisfying without being heavy, this apple cake will make the perfect dessert to complete your Pesach menu.” I hope you enjoy it!
Pistachio Apple Cake
3/4 cup matzo meal (or matzo cake meal)
1/4 cup potato starch
1 teaspoon kosher for Passover baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup finely grated yellow summer squash (from about 1 small summer squash)
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1 flax “egg”: 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons water
3 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup sugar
2–3 tablespoons chopped unsalted pistachios
Non-dairy vanilla ice cream (if planning to serve hot) or a sprinkling of kosher for Passover powdered sugar (if planning to serve cool)
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Make the cake batter:
Prepare the dry ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk together the matzo meal, potato starch, baking powder, and salt, and set aside.
Prepare the wet ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the applesauce, summer squash, sugar, orange juice, flax “egg,” and water. Stir to combine and set aside.
Combine the two mixtures: Add the dry mixture to the wet, and stir to combine until you have a smooth batter.
Make the cinnamon sugar mixture: In a small bowl, mix together the cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar.
Assemble the cake and bake: Pour half the cake batter into a lightly oiled cake pan or springform pan. Top with half the prepared apple slices. Sprinkle with half the cinnamon sugar mixture. Spread the remaining cake batter on top. Arrange the remaining apple slices in a pretty pattern on top of the cake. Sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture and the chopped pistachios. Bake for 40 minutes.
To serve: Serve warm or cool. Serve either as is, or with a scoop of non-dairy vanilla ice cream (if serving hot), or with a sprinkling of kosher for Passover powdered sugar if serving cool.
Enter to a win a copy of The Jewish Food Hero Cookbook: 50 Simple Plant-Based Recipes For Your Holiday Meals yourself below!
More about Kenden:
Kenden Alfond is the founder of Jewish Food Hero which nourishes the minds, bodies, and spirits of Jewish women around the globe. She offers vegan recipes that are a modern twist on traditional Jewish meals and resources to support an intuitive turning toward greater health.
Tell me what Jewish holiday menu you’d most like to explore in the comments section below!
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Recipe reprinted with permission of Jewish Food Hero. Copyright © 2016 Jewish Food Hero. I was given a copy of The Jewish Food Hero Cookbook for this review. All opinions are my own. Read my full disclosure policy here.
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