Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Happy Sweet New Year Recipes - Rosh Hashanah

This week is full of holidays, including the start of the Jewish New Year - Rosh Hashanah.  Beginning this Wednesday night, Rosh is also one of the major high holidays, during which Jews get together with family to welcome the new year.  Typically, there's a big dinner with lots of sweet things that symbolize the start of a sweet new year.  In honor of that, I'm featuring a mini round-up of desserts fitting for the occasion:

Apple Fig and Almond Crostata - I love that this rustic tart combines seasonal ingredients such as apples and figs.  While it looks impressive, it's wonderfully forgiving, meaning that you can improvise with it and make lots of aesthetic mistakes, because it'll still look and taste really good.

Castagnaccio (aka spicy chestnut cake) - Another rustic dessert, this one uses mostly dried fruit, nuts and savory herbs such as fresh rosemary.  It's a pretty hodgepodge of things that work really well together and remind you of fall.  This is a perfect kind of cake to have with tea or coffee, and a generous helping of honey on top. 

Nectarine Upside Down Cake
 -Another fruity dessert, this one switches things up, as it uses nectarines instead of apples, which are traditional for Rosh Hashanah.  Fresh or frozen nectarines will do just fine, and make sure you also use the plain Greek yogurt the recipe suggests to keep the cake nice and moist.

Baked Apples with Chocolate Granola - Anyone who's looking to whip up a quick, homemade apple dessert can create this.  Made up of any kind of sliced apples, a few dashes of cinnamon, lemon, maple syrup and sage, it's my own take on the classic apple crisp, except with granola on top. 

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