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Hungarian Apple Crumb Kugel

Paula Murphy

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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.

 

 

Nutritional Facts
Servings8
Calories Per Serving361
Total Fat12g18%
Sugar45gN/A
Saturated7g37%
Cholesterol30mg10%
Protein2g4%
Carbs63g21%
Vitamin A101µg11%
Vitamin D0.2µg0.1%
Vitamin E0.6mg3.2%
Vitamin K4µg5%
Calcium44mg4%
Fiber4g17%
Folate (food)10µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)46µg12%
Folic acid24µgN/A
Iron1mg7%
Magnesium14mg3%
Monounsaturated3gN/A
Niacin (B3)1mg6%
Phosphorus36mg5%
Polyunsaturated0.5gN/A
Potassium204mg6%
Riboflavin (B2)0.1mg7.1%
Sodium158mg7%
Sugars, added31gN/A
Thiamin (B1)0.1mg9.9%
Trans0.5gN/A
Zinc0.2mg1.4%