Orwashers, the Roslyn Heights bakery, has introduced an apple cake...

Orwashers, the Roslyn Heights bakery, has introduced an apple cake for the High Holidays. Credit: Newsday/Erica Marcus

“Apples and honey for a sweet new year” is the sentiment that underlies the most popular dessert for Rosh Hashanah and, last month, Orwashers in Roslyn Heights debuted an apple-honey cake for the ages to celebrate 5784. Owner Keith Cohen committed to keeping it on the shelves through Simhat Torah (Oct. 8), but it has proved so popular that it has been added to the permanent lineup. 

The cake is dense with New York state  apples that have been caramelized before being folded into the butter, he said. The bundt loaf can be served right side up, to showcase its golden crust, or upside down, so that the apples break through the surface.

Orwashers was established on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in 1916. Cohen bought the bakery in 2007, expanding its footprint to the Upper West Side, select Long Island farmers markets and, earlier this year, Roslyn Heights.

If you’re stopping in for apple cake, you might as well pick up one of Orwashers’ old-fashioned ryes — dense, crusty and full of caraway seeds — and / or one of the artisanal loaves (among them, sourdough, levain, mîche, pumpernickel, cinnamon-raisin, whole grain, multigrain) and/or doughnuts and sticky buns and babka. Your freezer will thank you.

The apple cake costs $20 and, Cohen says, it tastes even better the second day.

Orwashers, 377 Willis Ave., Roslyn Heights, 516-686-6370, orwashers.com. Open Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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