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I Need a really simple non-dairy apple crisp or apple cake recipe

I will be stuck with making the desserts this year for Rosh Hashana as well as all of the food for a dinner and two big lunches as my dessert people will not be able to bring anything due to family stuff. The food is absolutely no problem at all; the dessert is entirely another matter. I never make dessert and am the kind of cook who hates measuring, so I am in big trouble. To make matters worse, I married into a family of fabulous bakers. The non-dairy issue is a "toughy" because believe me, I would buy apple desserts in a second, but the non-dairy apple desserts available at bakeries in my city (Toronto) really suck. I plan to make chocolate brownies from a non-dairy mix augmented with non-dairy chocolate chips and vanilla. I know this is sacreligious on this board, but my guests (not just the kids) really like them. The apple crisp/cake or other groovy fruit combo (plums/ pears?) is really stressing me.

Please, please help me. I have zero experience baking. Thanks so much.

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  1. Relax! Apple crisp is simple.

    Here's a vegan recipe I found online: http://www.theppk.com/recipes/dbrecip...

    The ppk recipe is a bit more complicated than what I do - but I don't really have a recipe!

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    1. re: odkaty

      I'd stick with the good Post Punk Kitchen recipe from Katy, vegan baking is beyond you if you won't measure.
      I'm a vegan & I think it's a fine one. You can get non-dairy carob chips from a health food market, they have excellent, healthy brownie mixes! Please use soy creamer like "Silk" brand over that fake chemical stuff!
      It's the new year:) I just may make a chicken but I think it will be veg.

      1. re: Rory

        The ppk also has a good recipe for a cakey brownie--a little more time consuming to make than a nonvegan one but still easy.

    2. Apple Cake
      http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Jewish-A...

      Pear Cake
      http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Fresh-Pe...

      Chocolate Strawberry Apple Crisp
      http://www.deliciouslivingmag.com/rec...

      Prune Cake
      http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Festive-...

      Traditional Honey Cake
      http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Honey-Ca...

      Blackberry Apple Crisp

      Filling Ingredients:

      5 Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced
      3 cups blackberries, fresh or frozen
      1/2 cup sugar
      2 heaping tbsp flour

      Topping Ingredients:
      1/2 cup rolled oats
      1/2 cup flour
      1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional
      )1/3 cup dairy-free margarine, melted [can use Fleischmann's]
      1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
      1 tsp cinnamon

      Preheat oven to 350; grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. Peel, core and thinly slice apples and place in dish; top with blackberries (don't bother thawing if frozen). Sprinkle with sugar and flour. Combine topping ingredients, then sprinkle over filling. Bake for 35-40 minutes.

      1. This one is pretty easy, but it will require measuring of course (what baking doesn't?). You can buy an apple butter for filling in most stores or use any frosting you wish that is dairy-free - http://bittersweetblog.wordpress.com/...

        That blackberry apple crisp sounds soooo yummy!

        1. I quite enjoy the Joan Nathan recipe for "Heavenly Apple Cake", which can also be found on epicurious:

          http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

          It's moist and simple (tastes better the next day), but it's not one of those showpiece elegant apple tart-type desserts (one of those beautiful every-apple-sliced-and-placed-perfectly desserts). (Some reviewers comment that it would be good with coffee for breakfast) Well, whatever--we always had homey cakes like this even on holidays in our house :
          )If you try it, be sure to read the reviews pointing out that it's better to bake it in a bigger pan. (I use a 10 inch springform and have not had trouble). And hey, if you want to be sure about the measurements, there's still time for some trial runs!

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          1. re: another_adam

            Thanks Adam, I actually have Joan Nathan's Cooking Jewish in America which is an awesome cookbook. A trial run is definitely a good idea.

          2. Sherry, every year we host both Rosh Hashana dinners as well as both kiddushes after shul (including all holidays) because my relatives claim they don't know how to cook or organize as well as we do (someone else could try!). Anyway, I have success making an apple strudel that is super easy - buy already made phyllo sheets (you should be able to find kosher). Defrost overnight in fridge. Oil a large cookie sheet. Peel, core and slice 4-6 large apples (Granny Smith, Golden Delicious), add 1/2 cup sugar, 1 T cinnamon, 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg. Soak 1/2 cup raisins in some rum or hot water for 1-2 hours. For each strudel roll, use 3-4 sheets phyllo, lightly sprinkled with canola oil between layers. Spoon 1/3 of apple mixture over top, leaving 1/2 - 3/4 in at edge uncovered. Roll up, seal edges well. Repeat with remaining 2 rolls. Bake in 400 oven for 15-20 min till golden brown. Be sure to cut on diagnol using serrated knife. If you want to serve warm from oven, prepare up to baking, freeze rolls in aluminum foil, uncover and bake for 30 min. L'shana Tova!

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            1. re: Diane in Bexley

              Thanks so much Diane. Good luck with all of your cooking; I commiserate. I think I have seen the frozen phyllo dough at Whole Foods. I finished making the chicken soup yesterday and whipped off a "trial run" apple/peach crisp (my friend's recipe follows) and my family actually enjoyed it. It actually gave me some confidence to experiment a little more; I would like to double the fruit next time and possibly add salt to the oatmeal/flour mixture.I would also like to play with some fruit combos. L'shana Tova!.

              IIene's Easy Fruit Crisp

              1 cup oatmeal
              1 cup flour
              1 cup packed brown sugar
              1 stick non-dairy margarine
              6 sliced peeled apples (I used macs- spy would have been better- they should be out soon)
              6 sliced peeled peaches
              a few tablespoons lemon juice

              Toss peaches with some flour to absorb extra liquid. Arrange peaches and apples on bottom of pyrex and sprinkle with lemon juice.

              Using your hands, mix, oatmeal, flour, brown sugar and margarine together until mealy. Completely cover the fruit. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes or until bubbling.