Caramel Apple Cake
Credit: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Whether you’re celebrating the Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashanah, or not, there is something very important that you need to know—apples and honey make a wonderful combination. This holiday, which celebrates the coming of the Jewish New Year, is a time to reflect on the past year while also hoping for the coming of a happy, healthy year to come. To symbolize this desire for a sweet new year, it is traditional to dip apples in honey. Genius, I know.

Whether you’re going the OG route by eating your apples and honey straight up, or you’re looking for something a little bit more involved to give you that lip-puckering flavor pairing, there’s something for everyone. This autumnal love story between flavors is truly one for the ages, and we’d hate for you to miss out.

Honey-Apple Cake

Vanilla ice cream is *technically* optional, although highly recommended with this show-stopping honey-apple cake. Just the right amount of sweetness with all those fall spices that we know and love, this dessert is just begging to be made. Today.

Roasted Apple-Honey Toast

You can have your avo toast literally any other day—now’s the time to feast your eyes on this beauty. If you don’t have crème fraîche, opt for mascarpone or Greek yogurt, and rest assured that your upcoming year will still be sweet as ever.

Apple, Fig, and Honey Tart

Okay, so we snuck an extra flavor component in here with the addition of figs, but it only makes the final product that much sweeter. Don’t shy away from this gluten-free crust—it’s hearty, nutty, ever-so-salty, and balances the sweetness of the filling to a tee. Fall is served.

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Honey Apple Cake

Banana bread and zucchini bread are great and all, but I mean…let’s talk about this bread, shall we? Swapping out the white sugar with rich swirls of honey gives this treat a backbone of flavor that it didn’t have before. Never underestimate the power of an oat-heavy batter, either.

Quinoa Rice Pudding with Caramelized Apples and Honey

As the Torah says, “When in doubt, caramelize.”* Seriously, though. Coating apples in a generous layer of sugar and then whisking in some honey is always a good idea. In fact, it might just be a religion, in an of itself.

Caramel-Apple Cake

Real talk, there is no honey in this recipe. However this cake is simply too gorgeous and impressive not to share in a discussion about sweet ways to eat apples. Because we’re celebrating the new year, and life is short, go ahead and give this cake a bonus drizzle of honey. Now, pat yourself on your back, knowing that you’ve truly begun this upcoming year in the absolute best way you possibly could. L’shana Tovah!

*It literally says this nowhere in the Torah or any holy book or scribe. Hehe.

By Sara Tane and Sara Tane