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Danielle Fleischmann bakes this apple cake in the same beat- up rectangular pan that her mother used. Known as a “Jewish apple cake” because oil is substituted for butter, it is called gâteau de Hannouka in France. When Danielle makes the cake, she uses very little batter, and half sweet and half tart apples, a combination that makes a really tasty version of this simple Polish cake. Although her mother grated the apples, Danielle cuts them into small chunks. I often make it in a Bundt pan and serve it sprinkled with sugar.


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  • 5 apples (3 Fuji and 2 Granny Smith, or any combination of sweet and tart apples), peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2- inch pieces (about 6 cups)
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 10 walnut halves, roughly chopped
  • 11/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups all- purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped almonds
  • 1 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil, plus more for greasing pan
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract


1 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and grease a Bundt pan or a 9- by- 13- inch baking pan.
2 Toss the apples in a large bowl with the zest and juice of the lemon, the walnuts, and the cinnamon.
3 Pulse together the flour, baking powder, salt, almonds, and 1¼ cups of the sugar in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. With the food processor running, add the eggs, oil, and almond extract, processing until just mixed.
4 Spoon ¹/3 of the batter over the bottom of the pan. Scatter the apples on top, and cover the apples with the remaining batter. Sprinkle the top with the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar (you’ll need less if using a Bundt pan).
5 Bake for 45 to 60 minutes, or until golden and cooked through. The cake will take a shorter time to bake in the shallow rectangular pan than in the Bundt pan.


Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France

About Joan Nathan


Joan Nathan is the author of ten cookbooks including the recently published "Quiches, Kugels and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France" (Knopf, November 2010).  She is a regular contributor to The New York Times, Food Arts Magazine and Tablet Magazine, among other publications.




4 Responses to Gateau de Hannouka (POLISH HANUKKAH APPLE CAKE)

  1. The ingredient list doesn’t have the walnuts listed. What is the amount for the walnuts?
    Thank you

    • Thanks for commenting, the ingredients had some mistakes, they have been corrected. Please come back after you make it and let us know how it turns out.

      • The cake turned out great. Great flavor and texture. I made two cakes. It’s a good idea to let it cool before turning it out.

        • Update: It’s best if baked and served in a oblong glass casserole dish. Both cakes did not come out of the bundt pan in one piece..

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