Matzav Mazon: Rosh Hashanah III: Desserts



No matter how delicious and lavish the meal, there’s always room for dessert. Each of the following desserts will all be welcome as a special finalé to a Yom Tov meal. Best wishes for a happy and sweet new year!

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Apple Maple Cobbler


6 apples, chopped
2/3 cup maple syrup (pure, not the stuff you use for pancakes)
2 tablespoons flour
½ teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons margarine

1-1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
6 tablespoons margarine, cut into pieces
½ cup nondairy creamer
½ cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons margarine, melted
2 teaspoons sugar


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine apples, maple syrup, flour, vanilla and nutmeg and pour into 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Dot with margarine and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and reduce temperature to 375 degrees. Cut margarine into flour, baking powder and nutmeg mixture until it resembles fine meal (you can use a food processor for this step if you like). Whisk together nondairy creamer, maple syrup and vanilla and add to dry ingredients. Stir until just combined and drop in 1-tablespoon mounds atop hot filling. Brush with melted margarine and sprinkle with sugar. Bake an additional 15 minutes. Best served warm.

Chocolate Pudding Cake

Serves 6

Pudding Cake:
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup non-dairy creamer
1/3 cup margarine, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1-1/4 cups hot water

Other toppings:
Pareve Vanilla or Mint chocolate chip ice cream, for serving
Powdered Sugar
Pareve Whipping cream


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

For the cake: Whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Whisk in the non-dairy creamer, margarine and vanilla. Stir together until smooth with a wooden spoon or spatula.

Pour the batter into an ungreased 9-inch square baking pan. Use an offset spatula to level into pan.

For the topping: Whisk together the sugars and cocoa and sprinkle it evenly over the batter. Pour the hot water over the top, resist the temptation to stir it into the batter.

Bake about 30 minutes, you want the center to bubble and look almost set, almost like an undercooked brownie. Take out of the oven and let stand 15 minutes. Serve in dessert dishes, spooning sauce from bottom of pan over top. Serve with vanilla or mint chocolate chip pareve ice cream, powdered sugar, or pareve whipping cream, if desired.

Traditional Apple Cake

Serves 18


Apple Mixture:
6 medium sized apples, Mackintosh or Braeburn if possible
1/3 cup honey or ½ cup sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons lemon juice

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
1/3 cup orange juice
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt


Place the oven rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a ten inch angel food cake pan. Set it aside.

Apple Mixture: Peel, core and slice 4 of the apples into 1/4″ thick slices. Core, but do not peel, the last 2 apples, and slice into 1/4″ slices. In a medium sized mixing bowl, toss all the apples with the honey or sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice very gently, until coated. Reserve the slices which are not peeled in a separate bowl.

Cake: In the large bowl of an electric mixer combine the flour, sugar, oil, eggs, orange juice, baking powder, vanilla and salt. Increase the speed to medium-high and mix until well-blended, about 2 minutes. Pour 1/3 of the batter into the prepared pan, and smooth the batter. Arrange ½ of the peeled apple slices over the batter (being very careful not to let the apple slices directly touch any par of the pan, as it with stick to the pan and be problematic when the cake is cooked). Cover this apple layer with ½ of the remaining batter, and smooth the batter. Arrange the rest of the peeled apples over the batter. Pour the remaining batter over this second apple layer, and smooth this final layer of batter. Arrange the unpeeled apple slices over this batter, creating a fan of slightly overlapping slices that go all around the center of the tube pan. If there is any cinnamon juice left over from the apple mixture, drizzle it over the apple fan. Place the cake pan on a square of heavy aluminum foil (fold up the edges of the foil to form a tiny pan, thus preventing any juice that may leak out of the pan from dirtying your oven), and place it in the oven to bake for 75 to 85 minutes, or until a toothpick tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Remove the cake from the oven and place it on a rack to cool for 10 minutes. Gently release the cake from the sides of the pan with a small thin knife, if it appears to stick, and then remove the sides of the pan. Allow the cake to cool, with the center piece still in place, until room temperature before gently releasing and then removing the center piece. Place the cake on a cake stand. Immediately before serving, sift powdered sugar over the cake. Place some tiny apples or crab apples at the base of the cake for a garnish.

Frozen Peanut Butter Pie


24 pareve chocolate chips cookies, crushed
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) margarine, melted
1 (8 ounce) package tofutti cream cheese
1 cup creamy peanut butter
¾ cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 (8 ounce) tub pareve whipped topping, thawed
Grated semisweet or bittersweet chocolate for garnish


Mix cookie crumbs and margarine and press into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch pie pan. Beat together the tofutti cream cheese, peanut butter, sugar and vanilla. Fold in 1-1/2 cups of the whipped topping and spoon into crust. Freeze until firm (about 4 hours). Top with remaining whip and grated chocolate if desired. Return to freezer. Remove from freezer about ½ hour before serving.

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