The first time I had this type of kugel I was visiting my parents in the Catskill mountains and it was made by the Satmar Hasidim who were originally from Satu Mare, Hungary. It was so rich and delicious, I had to make one myself. Apples are a traditional food for Rosh Hashanah, particularly when served with honey. The apple reminds us of the fruitfulness of life, and the honey represents sweetness. Together, they represent the hope for a sweet year and a sweet life.
The traditional Hebrew greeting for Rosh Hashanah is L’Shanah Tovah Tikatevu or "May you be inscribed (in the Book of Life) for a good year." In Yiddish, we say Gut Yuntif or "Happy holiday." Either way, I wish you and your family a Ziesen Yor, "A sweet year."
— Ziggy & Mimi Gruber and the whole Kenny and Ziggy’s family
- 1 Cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 2 Teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 Teaspoon salt
- 1/4 Pound (1 stick) cold butter (may use margarine to make this vegan or parve)
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 2 1/2 Pounds Golden Delicious apples (6-7)
- 1 Cup all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8- or 9-inch round spring form pan.
In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, flours, salt and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon. With your fingers, a fork, or a pastry blender, blend in butter until it forms large clumps. Set crumble mixture aside.
Using an apple corer (or a sharp knife if you don’t have a corer), remove apple cores and segment apples into thin slices.
Put apple segments into a bowl large enough to move them around a bit and toss with remaining teaspoon of cinnamon, and honey. Spread apple mixture in baking dish and top with crumble mixture.
Put baking dish on a cookie sheet to avoid spill over onto oven floor. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until crumble is lightly browned and apples are tender. Let cool at least 30 minutes before serving.