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From the Jewish Food Hero Kitchen: Apple Pistachio Cake

  • Author: Jewish Food Hero




  • 3/4 cup matzo meal (or matzo cake meal)
  • 1/4 cup potato starch
  • 1 teaspoon kosher for Passover baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup finely grated yellow summer squash (from about 1 small summer squash)  
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 flax “egg”: 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons water  

Apple filling:

  • 3 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced

Cinnamon sugar:

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup sugar 


  • 23 tablespoons chopped unsalted pistachios

Optional garnish:

Non-dairy vanilla ice cream (if planning to serve hot) or a sprinkling of kosher for Passover powdered sugar (if planning to serve cool)


      Preheat the oven to 350 F

Make the cake batter:

Prepare the dry ingredients:

      In a medium bowl, whisk together the matzo meal, potato starch, baking powder, and salt, and set aside

Prepare the wet ingredients:

      In a large bowl, combine the applesauce, summer squash, sugar, orange juice, flax “egg,” and water

      Stir to combine and set aside

Combine the two mixtures:

      Add the dry mixture to the wet, and stir to combine until you have a smooth batter

Make the cinnamon sugar mixture:

      In a small bowl, mix together the cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar

Assemble the cake and bake:

  • Pour half the cake batter into a lightly oiled cake pan or springform pan
  • Top with half the prepared apple slices
  • Sprinkle with half the cinnamon sugar mixture
  • Spread the remaining cake batter on top
  • Arrange the remaining apple slices in a pretty pattern on top of the cake
  • Sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture and the chopped pistachios
  • Bake for 40 minutes

To serve:

  • Serve warm or cool
  • Serve either as is, or with a scoop of non-dairy vanilla ice cream (if serving hot), or with a sprinkling of kosher for Passover powdered sugar if serving cool

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