By Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, September 20, 2012
Makes 16 cookies
2 tbsp brandy
240g plain flour
½ tbsp of best-quality cocoa powder
½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp each ground cinnamon, allspice, ginger and nutmeg
¼ tsp salt
150g good-quality dark chocolate, coarsely grated
125g unsalted butter, at room temperature
125g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
This is dedicated to my grandmother, Gracie Smith, aka Granny Smith. Rosh Hashanah is apple and honey time and I couldn’t think of a better time to dedicate a recipe to such a sweet person. She loved singing (a soprano, at that), especially for her guests after supper. She may not have had the vocals of Sarah Brightman, but she had a full house whenever she could.
My mother would always make a cake with apples from our garden. It would usually be a tray bake — large enough to feed the whole family and any visitors. I’ve made this cake with her recipe, but using a round tin and adding honey.
For the apples:
4-5 medium sized English apples. I used Granny Smiths
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp soft brown sugar
1 tbsp runny honey
This fruity salad makes a great starter or light lunch served with crusty bread. You can vary it by using different honey such as orange blossom or ones infused with lavender, rosemary, or lemon.
This is wonderful for Shabbat lunch. The steak can be prepared ahead, refrigerated and brought to room temperature the next day. The marinade makes a delicious sauce but do boil it before serving, as it is dangerous to eat marinade from raw meat. This recipe calls for rib eye, which will provide two thick pieces of meat when halved and which you can cut into slivers when cooked.