|Apple Cinnamon Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake|
Three years ago, I converted to Judaism. My husband is Jewish, and certainly that was a catalyst, but it wasn't the sole reason. I was a religious studies minor in college, and Judaism always spoke to me in a profound way. The emphasis on questioning instead of taking things at face value, as well as the acts and service-centric morality, felt right and made sense.
Since then, I've loved celebrating the Jewish holidays with my husband and his family, and I've come to see the New Year as a hallmark of September and January. This week, we are celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the head or start of the next Jewish calendar! I love this holiday, because it is a pause, a moment dedicated to reflecting upon the things we can do better, where we can improve.
Traditionally at Rosh Hashanah meals, foods such as apples and honey, or honey cake, are plentiful to symbolize a sweet new year. So I decided to merge these hallmark foods with Autumn Spices and one of my favorite desserts, English Sticky Toffee Pudding! The result is a celebration ANY time of the year.
Y'all know I don't often introduce new ingredients to my pantry, because I like to keep things simple, streamlined and FRESH (expired spices, I'm looking at you). And technically, this isn't a new ingredient, it's just one I haven't used in a while. But for one reason or another, I felt compelled to use chickpea flour as the base of this delectable cake. Chickpea flour is grain and gluten free, and it's incredibly high in fiber, as well as a nice source of plant protein. As such, it makes for dense, moist and satisfying baked goods—exactly what I was looking for in this recipe! Here is a scrumptious recipe for chickpea flour pizza if you want to try it in a savory capacity!
It took several trials to create the right level of gooeyness, as you want the center to be a tad "underdone" but have the pieces hold together. Eventually, I nailed it by adding an egg yolk to the mix (pro tip!).
No matter your spiritual or religious beliefs, this cake is a wonderful way to show love and gratitude at any holiday gathering, birthday, potluck or simple family dinner. Oh, and p.s., you can totally make my Sticky Toffee Sauce/Caramel separately and enjoy it on oatmeal or vanilla ice cream!