Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Winners from 5th Annual Jewish Food Festival

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Winners from 5th Annual Jewish Food Festival

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Here are the recipes for the winning desserts at the fifth annual Jacksonville Jewish Food Festival, held May 1 at Congregation Ahavath Chesed.

In the adult division, winners were Ann Stone for her Apple Chocolate Chip Cake, Bonnie Ruckh for her Chocolate Toffee Cake and Linda Winstein for her Cream Cheese Chocolate Cake.

In the children's division, winners were Danielle Ruckh for her Chocolate Cake Infinity, Ellie and Lainey Pinnar for their Cheesecake and Molly Rudowitz for her Green Oreo Mint Cake.


1 cup oil

3 eggs

1 3/4 cups sugar

2 1/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup chopped nuts

4 cups apples cut slices

1 cup chocolate chips

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Beat eggs, add sugar and mix well. Add oil and mix.

Combine flour, soda, salt and cinnamon.

Add to egg mixture slowly by hand.

Add nuts, apples and chips, mixing well by hand.

Bake in a 9-by-13-inch ungreased pan at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar.


My family loves to eat at PDQ! One day I tried the Fresh Apple Slices with Toffee Dip (a side item on the PDQ menu). I thought that would make a delicious filling for a cake. I came up with my own recipe for the filling and made a cake from it.

For the cake:

Betty Crocker Vanilla Cake

For the cream cheese frosting:

16 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups powdered sugar

1 cup brown sugar

Chocolate Heath bar toffee bits

(sugars may be adjusted by 1/2 cup according to preferred sweetness)

For chocolate ganache frosting:

9 ounces semisweet chocolate

1 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup powdered sugar

Bake vanilla cake in layer pans according to instructions.

Mix all ingredients except toffee bits, beat with paddle mixer for about 10 minutes. Add toffee bits and mix for one minute.

Layer cakes by placing cake then cream cheese frosting until reaching desired height (I used four layers of cake). …

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