Thursday, September 25, 2014

Apple-Pomegranate Tarte Tatin for Rosh Hashannah

Today marks the start of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashannah which is always a great time to get together with family and  indulge in delicious food.  This year was extra special since I got to see my whole extended family including my aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, in-laws and of course my immediate family - Mami, Oci, Peter and Dan.

Since my mom was taking care of all the savory foods, she asked for some help with the dessert, so I decided on this interesting apple, pomegranate tarte-tatin, which I saw in Bon Appetit.

Apples are important for this holiday, as you're supposed to dip them in honey to symbolize the start of a sweet new year.  The pomegranate too is very meaningful in Jewish tradition, as it's a symbol of abundance, fertility and good luck.  It's not uncommon to find a pomegranate on a Jewish wedding invitation for example.  But I digress...

I made the whole tarte from scratch and even rolled out the crust, which came out quite rustic because I couldn't find my rolling pin.  Using a wine bottle instead, it was a tad uneven and even a little messy, but since the style of this dessert is very rustic, it's quite forgiving and you can mend the dough with your fingers.

Soaking the apples in the pomegranate juice gave them an element of surprise and something a little different - a deeper, richer flavor.  While you have to have patience to make this dessert, it's totally worth it - especially to start your year off right.

Apple and Pomegranate Tarte Tatin, recipe courtesy of Bon Appetit

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