I am officially becoming my mother. This is not necessarily a bad thing, I just didn’t expect it to happen so soon. I have always been a planner, which I most definitely get from my Mom. My Mom always plans for dinner parties weeks (if not months) in advance. Her hard work always pays off but I’ll admit that I have scoffed at her eagerness at times. That was until I began contributing to dinners and was working full-time. Planning well in advance became key.
Things got taken to a whole new level on Sunday. The Jewish holidays are a big event for my family. Jews love their food and boy do we eat well. Rosh Hashanah usually falls sometime in September (it is early this year) which means naturally my Mom must begin preparing food in early August to then be frozen until the holidays. The menu is usually set in July. I have always thought this was kind of crazy but now I get it. Life is BUSY. I work all day everyday, I cook most of my own food, I blog, I exercise, I attempt to have a social life so finding time to prepare a feast for a room full of Jews requires a lot of time and effort, which I don’t necessarily have.
So when I happened to have a bit of time this past Sunday you better bet I started prepping my contribution. I should add that I happened to choose a recipe with a bagillion steps…homemade salted caramel takes time my friends! As decided in July, I am making Two Peas & Their Pod’s recipe for Salted Caramel Apple Crumb Bars. I’ve made these a bunch of times and they are always a hit. Plus apples are a staple at the Rosh Hashanah table so it is fitting.
Here’s the thing, for all of the hard work I put in, I can’t even eat them! They are dairy-full, and gluten-full and are basically a nightmare for my stomach. Watching people enjoy my goodies definitely brings me some satisfaction but I would rather eat the bars. So after spending two hours making the original version I got to work on a gluten-free, vegan and somewhat healthified version that everyone can enjoy. I was overjoyed with the results. These taste decadent and delicious and my stomach loved every bite. So if you’re also prepping for the holidays or just looking for a fantastic dessert recipe you should probably consider this treat! But don’t worry family, you will be getting the unhealthy version 😉