When I think about the secular New Year, I think champagne, parties, sequins and general merriment. But when I think about Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, I think about apples and honey. Well, that hardly seems even. Don’t get me wrong, I love the rituals of the Jewish New Year, but apples are kind of tame next to noisemakers. So I started pondering, how can we bring apples and honey to the next level of awesomeness?
At first I went savory. Stuffed in chicken or paired with potatoes. But then again, maybe sweet would be better. In muffins or pancakes or blondies (ooh, that does sound good actually!). Then it came to me like a deep-fried saccharine dream…Doughnuts!
However, the application was not quite as easy as coming up with idea. The first version was too dense. I tried mixing the apples right into the batter, and that just made a wet, sticky mess. Into the trash it went. Then I tried a yeasted dough folded around apples. That worked, but I wasn’t totally sold.
Finally, I thought more about Rosh Hashanah and realized I needed to make this simple. Normally, my Mom and Bubbe are running around like mad women, finishing off the brisket or rushing to synagogue. The last thing we have time to make is complicated doughnuts.
The holiday is a time to come together with family, reflect on the past year and contemplate the future. So I came up with a quick cinnamon spice batter to dip apple slices in. Fried to perfection and topped with a sweet honey glaze, they are simple, decadent and way tastier than a mealy apple dipped in honey.
Round foods are often enjoyed during Rosh Hashanah, representing the circle of life and renewal, making these round doughnuts extra fun. Hopefully these sweet doughnuts will be just the start to the sweetest New Year yet.