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Autumn Recipe Exchange

Monday, 23 March, 2020 - 11:34 am

 Personally, I love this time of year. After living here for almost ten years now, thank G-d, I think that autumn is officially my favorite season here😊. The crisp cool weather, the gorgeous foliage colors, crunchy leaves underfoot on our beautiful family walks, and of course, the flavors and aromas of my autumn inspired dishes that I love to create at this time of year.

And so on this lovely Wednesday morning, with Thanksgiving menus on many of our minds, I thought it would be fun to initiate an Autumn Recipe Exchange amongst us women here. I’d love to share a few of my favorite recipes here and then I’d love to hear some of yours. 

But of course, as this is our Jewish Women’s Connect Whatsapp group, my job will be to add the appropriate “bracha”/blessing said on each of the recipes you share. After all, Thanksgiving is all about expressing our gratitude for all the many blessings we can count as our own. How beautiful it would be to recite the appropriate blessing on each of the delicious dishes at your Thanksgiving table. Happy cooking and feasting..and blessing making!!

Note: The blessing on all three dishes below is “Mezonot”. When you have a food with multiple ingredients, one makes a blessing on the most substantial ingredient (For example: On cereal and milk, one would say the appropriate blessing for the cereal, as the milk is considered secondary to it. The same for pasta and cheese, etc ) In foods with a grain as one of its ingredients, the grain is usually considered the most substantial ingredient and therefore determines the blessing on that particular food. Hence Mezonot being the blessing on all three “grain” recipes below.

Here is a link to all the blessings. https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/90551/jewish/Texts-of-Blessings-Before-Eating.htm

And I still have some more of those really nice pocket size cards with all the blessings that I am happy to mail out to you if you’d like. I have already mailed out a bunch to many of you that requested them. Just private message me your address and I’ll stick it in the mail for you.:)

Sweet Potato Pie:

6 sweet potatoes, peeled and halved. Boil in water until soft. 

Meanwhile in separate bowl, mix the following ingredients:

½ tsp salt

9 T honey

¾ cup vanilla soymilk or almond milk

2 T oil

3 eggs- check for blood spots first (blood in an egg renders it unkosher)

Mash sweet potatoes. Add honey mixture. Mix well. Pour into frozen store-bought pie shells. Sprinkle with cinnamon on top. Bake at 450 for 10 minutes. Then reduce temp. to 350 and bake for 45 minutes. ENJOY!!

Apple Cranberry Crumble

6 Granny smith apples peeled and sliced thinly

In a separate bowl, mix together:

4 1/2 cups flour

2 1/4 cups sugar

3 scoops vanilla sugar

3 heaping teaspoons cinnamon

Add oil to bowl and pinch with fingers until it forms a nice moist crumble

Pour thin layer of oil into 9 x 13 glass baking pan. Heat oil in oven for about 15 minutes until very hot. Layer bottom of pan with half the crumble. Add all apples on top. Sprinkle about 1 cup fresh cranberries over the apples. Layer with remaining crumble so that the apples and cranberries are covered with crumble. Squeeze lemon juice around perimeter of pan and a few squeezes over the middle as well. 

Bake on 350 for about 1 hour until apples look very soft and mushy. (You can see apples through sides of the glass pan) You can serve this as a side dish or as a dessert with vanilla ice cream. YUM!!!


Pumpkin Muffins 

4 eggs (check for blood spots first)

2 cups sugar 

1 cup oil

Mix well

Add and then mix well:

2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

2 cups flour

Add and then mix: 

1 15. oz can 100 percent pure pumpkin

Optional: You can fold in a cup of chocolate chips or Craisins

Spoon into well- greased muffin tins and bake on 350 for about 15 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. ENJOY!!


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