Every year we gather with friends to celebrate Tu B’Shvat (15th of the month of Shvat). Tu B’Shvat is the Jewish new year for trees. You’ll see a lot of children all over Israel planting trees. It’s nice seeing the kids connected to the land.
A lot of people have a Seder Tu B’Shvat. People eat a lot of dried fruit. I’m not all that into dried fruit. I like cake. This year, instead of making something with dried fruit, I decided to use live fruit. I guess they were live until I cut them up and cooked them. That doesn’t sound very vegan, I know. Anyway, here’s my Tu B’Shvat apple cake recipe.
- Yield: 16 pieces
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 50 minutes
You can use your favorite apples for this recipe. I like tart ones. They give it an extra oomph.
- apple - 3 large
- flour - 2 1/2 cups
- baking powder - 1 tablespoon
- salt - 1/2 teaspoon
- cinnamon - 1 tablespoon
- brown sugar - 1/2 cup
- apple sauce - 1/2 cup
- soy milk - 1 cup
- oil - 1/2 cup
- Peel and chop 2 1/2 apples, peel and slice the last half apple
- Mix together all the dry ingredients
- Add soy milk, apple sauce and oil and mix through
- Mix in the chopped apple
- Pour into greased baking pan
- Top cake batter with last 1/2 apple and sprinkle with cinnamon
- Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes
My garden is pretty full, so I won’t be doing any planting this year. My brother-in-law says that he goes and hugs a tree. If you knew my brother-in-law, you might realize what a funny image that would make. This year I made cake. Maybe I’ll go out and give my sad looking olive tree some extra love. It didn’t fare too well after the big snow storm we had a few weeks ago, but we still love him.
Have a happy Tu B’Shvat!