Kate’s Plum Torte

December 28, 2012

Author: Lauren Gordon




1/4 lb (1 stick) butter, softened

3/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp sugar

1 cup unbleached flour

1 tsp baking powder

2 eggs

pinch of salt

6-8 plums, or apples, or fruit, sliced or split in half

1tsp cinnamon or more, to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter and 3/4 cup sugar. Add flour, baking powder, eggs and salt and mix well. Spoon batter into an ungreased 9″ or 10″ springform pan. Cover the batter with fruit. Mix the cinnamon with the remained sugar and sprinkle over the top. Bake 40-50 minutes until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove and let cool.



March 6, 2014

Author: Shirley Bemel




Came from Russia and enjoyed through the generations. They are known as “bricks”. Great to freeze them and bring them out for any occasion. Lovely with tea/coffee.


For the pastry:

¼ cup vegetable shortening

¾ cup unsalted butter

1 cup sugar

3 eggs

¼ cup milk or orange juice

1 ½ tsps pure vanilla

¼ tsp orange oil

½ tsp salt

2 ¼ tsps baking powder

3 ¼ cups all purpose flour

For the cornucopia filling:

6 cups peeled, shredded, and finely chopped apples

1 ½ cups cranberries, coarsely chopped

⅓ cup dried cherries

1 cup raisins

⅓ cup ground walnuts

⅓ cup apricot jam

¾ cup sugar

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

½ teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons flour


For dough, in a medium bowl, cream the shortening and butter with sugar.

Blend in eggs, milk or juice, vanilla, and orange oil. Fold in flour, salt, and baking powder and stir to make a stiff dough. Pat dough out and knead gently on a lightly floured surface.

Wrap and chill for about an hour.

For filling, in a large bowl, combine the apples, cranberries, cherries, raisins, ground nuts, and apricot jam. Toss with sugar to combine and fold in remaining ingredients: lemon juice, cinnamon, and flour. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease a 9-inch-by-13-inch pan.

Divide the dough into 3 portions. Roll out one portion, or simply pat and trim the dough to fit the pan bottom. Spoon on half the filling. Roll or pat another portion of dough on top of the fruit.

Cover with the remaining fruit mixture, then the last portion of dough.

Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees, then reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake for another 30 to 40 minutes, or until the top of the pastry is lightly golden.

Cool and cut into squares to serve. Cover the pastry well to store. (This ages well.)

Makes 25 to 35 squares, depending on size.


Baked Apples

March 6, 2014

Author: Poppy Dave

My grandfather was a kosher caterer and had many recipes, I am sure. This simple one, however, sticks out in my mind. My grandparents lived in a basement apartment below us and every night my brother and I would go downstairs, after our evening showers, hair still wet. We would eat these apples (possibly sans brandy) and fall asleep in their arms.





Brown sugar


Core the apples. Cover them in brown sugar and cinnamon- as much as you like. Pour the brandy all over and cook for at least 30 minutes or until the grandkids show up. Serve with ice cream.


Jan’s Yummy

November 30, 2011

Author: Lisa Grissom


Jan, my best friend from high school, is an amazing cook. Her mother, Sandy is also an amazing cook. And guess what, her Bubbie, now passed away, was an amazing cook. So it’s in Jan’s DNA. Whenever I visit her home in Boston, she always has something delicious cooking on the stove or in the oven...and I always want the recipe. On one visit, she was preparing for a brunch. She was in the midst of making this amazing egg-apple thingie that didn’t have a name. Sort of a souffle, but not exactly. In the blintz family, but not quite. Something between a main course and a dessert. So I named it Jan’s Yummy because it’s from Jan and it’s yummy. Enjoy!


6 Large Eggs

1 1/2 Cup(s)s Milk

1/4 cup(s) Sugar

1 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla

1/2 teaspoon Salt

1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon

3/4 Stick of butter

2 Large Apples


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place all ingredients in a blender excluding apples and butter Place butter in 13 x 9 baking dish and place into pre-heated oven. Let butter melt. Add peeled, sliced apples and mix around in the butter, allow apples to cook 5 minutes. Pour blender batter over apples and bake until pancake is golden brown about 20-30 minutes. Dust with confectioners sugar.