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Gâteau de Hannouka (Polish Hanukkah Apple Cake)




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Recipe By Joan Nathan

Danielle Fleischmann bakes this apple cake in the same beat-up rectangular pan that her mother used. Known as a “Jewish apple cake” because oil is substituted for butter, it is called Gâteau de Hannouka in France. When Danielle makes the cake, she uses very little batter, and half sweet and half tart apples, a combination that makes a really tasty version of this simple Polish cake. Although her mother grated the apples, Danielle cuts them into small chunks. I often make it in a Bundt pan and serve it sprinkled with sugar.

Yields 8-10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegetable oil, plus more for greasing pan
  • 5 apples (3 Fuji and 2 Granny Smith, or any combination of sweet and tart apples), peeled, cored, and cut into ½-inch pieces (about 6 cups)
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup walnut halves, roughly chopped
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped almonds
  • 1¼ cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract

Directions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350°, and grease a Bundt pan or a 9 x 13-inch baking pan.
    2. Toss the apples in a large bowl with the zest and juice of the lemon, the walnuts, and the cinnamon.
    3. Pulse together the flour, baking powder, salt, almonds, and 1¼ cups of the sugar in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. With the food processor running, add the eggs, oil, and almond extract, processing until just mixed.
    4. Spoon 1/3 of the batter over the bottom of the pan. Scatter the apples on top, and cover the apples with the remaining batter. Sprinkle the top with the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar (you’ll need less if using a Bundt pan).
    5. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes, or until golden and cooked through. The cake will take a shorter time to bake in the shallow rectangular pan than in the Bundt pan.
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2 Responses to Gâteau de Hannouka (Polish Hanukkah Apple Cake)

  • Sheila

    Hello,
    There are a couple of places in this recipe where the typo “&frac13″ appears. What are the words that should be there instead. For instance, what is the correct measurement of walnuts for the recipe?
    Thanks.

  • Fit Staff

    Should be 1/3 cup walnut halves.
    Sorry for the mixup sometimes those fractions don’t show up the way they should in some browsers.

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