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Sharon Rottman’s Story
Sharon lives in Bet Shemesh, Israel. She contacted the Together Plan to seek assistance in tracing her maternal grandfather’s (Chaim Orshansky) family line from Vitebsk in what is now Belarus. Chaim went to the US in 1913 at the age of 24 on his own and never saw his parents or siblings again. He passed away in 1969.
Sharon and her sister, Joy Grossman, were thrilled that The Together Plan’s archivists traced a detailed family line of the Orshansky family in the Vitebsk area going back to the late 18th/early 19th Century until the early 20th Century.
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Sharon & Joy’s family recipe
The recipe is derived from their mother. Sharon and Joy don’t know how old the recipe is, and are not sure that this exact recipe was originally their grandmother’s, who also came from Belarus. However, it is similar to other Eastern European apple cakes, including a recipe called Yablochnaya Baba in ‘Please to the Table’ by Anya von Bremzen and John Welchman. As it can be made with oil or margarine, it can be parve, and is a perfect cake for Jewish holidays. It is super easy to make and delicious.
Estella’s Apple Cake
- 85g chopped (peeled and cored) apples (leave some skin on if you like)
- 200g sugar (or 170g honey) (cut the sugar down to 150g if you are watching your calories !)
- 227g melted butter or margarine or 240g vegetable oil
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 375g flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 150g raisins
- 75g chopped nuts (or more to taste)
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground allspice
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
Mix the apples with sugar and let them stand for about an hour.
Add other ingredients in the order given above.
Bake the cake in a tube baking pan (any type of round baking pan that has a hollow tube in its centre) at 350F/180C degrees for 1 hour.
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