Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Some Sweet Ideas for a Sweet New Year

It's hard to believe, but Rosh Hashanah is almost upon us.  Every year I say -- the holidays come up so quickly, but this year it is really true.  Two days after labor day, Jews all around the world will be crowding their synagogues to celebrate the new year.  One of the main traditions of Rosh Hashanah is to eat apples and honey, so that the year ahead will be sweet.  This can translate into many things -- from honey cake to apple pie to any sweet confection.  

A few weeks ago, we were in Santa Fe.  We went to the farmer's market, where it happend to be honey bee awareness week and there was a table with bees and a vendor selling delicious honey (we bought a number of jars and I hope to make something delicious with it, or just eat it on a nice, tart apple).  As you can see, my son was fascinated by the bees and we spent a long time at that table.

I haven't decided what to bake yet this year, but we thought we would leave you with a Rosh Hashanah Round Up, in case you plan further ahead than I do.  Enjoy these recipes and have a Shanah tovah u'metukah (a good and sweet new year).  Feel free to leave a comment with your favorite Rosh Hashanah or fall recipe.  Perhaps I will be inspired to make it!

An obvious and delicious apple treat...Apple Pie!

Moist and delicious Applesauce Spice Bars from Dorie Greenspan.  You can't go wrong with these and, if you are going to someone else's house, they travel pretty well.

If you want to enjoy the end of summer fruits a little longer, this Dimply Plum Cake (also from Dorie) is a perfect Rosh Hashanah treat.

If you want something light and easy, this Applesauce and Green Tea cake from Kosher By Design Lightens Up fits the bill.  It would be a delicious and not at all heavy ending to a holiday meal.

If you want to go for something chocolate, try our go-to parve chocolate cake (since holiday meals are often meat) or, if you are looking for something quick but delicious or something that would be good to have around as a holiday snack, a classic mandelbrot always goes over well.

And let's not forget challah...
Rosh Hashanah challah's are usually round, to symbolize the roundness of the world and the cycle of life.  You can make either of these recipes into round challahs (much easier than braiding!) 

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