Griff Family Recipes for a Sweet New Year
- 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 6 small Rome, Granny Smith, Yellow Delicious, or other low-moisture apples
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 9-inch springform pan.
- Mix the flour, wheat germ, salt, and baking powder in a bowl and set aside.
- Peel, core, and slice the apples into eighths and place in another bowl. Sprinkle with lemon juice.
- In a third bowl, beat the eggs until foamy. Add the vegetable oil and 1 3/4 cups of the sugar; beat well. Stir in the vanilla.
- To the egg mixture; alternately add the dry ingredients and the orange juice. Pour half the batter into the prepared pan. Cover with half the sliced apples.
- In a small bowl, mix the remaining 1/4 cup sugar with the cinnamon and sprinkle half over the apples. Cover with the remaining batter.
- Starting at the outside of the pan, neatly place the remaining apple slices in overlapping concentric circles. Sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Put some aluminum foil on the bottom of the oven in case the batter leaks. Bake the cake on the middle rack for 1 1/4 hours, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack before you carefully remove the cake from the pan.
Bessie Griff’s Hermits for a Spicy New Year
My mother, in addition to making many apple pies for Rosh Hashanah, also made a selection of cookies for the many guests and relatives that made their way to our house. Hermits was one of those cookies, a sort of spicy biscotti that is a New England favorite. September holiday cooking made the house cozy and helped us ease into the back-to school mode.
- 3/4 c. shortening
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 1/4 c. mollasses
- 2 T water
- 2 eggs
- 1 t baking soda
- 1 t cinnamon
- 1 t ginger
- 1/2 t cloves
- 1/2 t salt
- 3 c. flour
- 1 c. raisins (optional)
- Cream shortening and sugar.
- Add molasses and water.
- Add beaten eggs.
- Add remaining ingredients.
- Bake in logs at 350 degrees for 20 minutes in a greases cookie pan. When cool, cut into smaller pieces.
Baking brings comfort and happiness to a home, whether you’re celebrating the holidays or, as Hanna mentions above, just easing into the school year. We hope you enjoy these and many other treats this fall!