As I mentioned last Wednesday, a week ago was Rosh Hashana – the Hebrew new year. While I am generally not that religious, I really enjoy the culture that goes along with all the Jewish holidays. Of course, that means mainly the gatherings, songs, and the food.
There are a few food traditions for the new year, some of which I love, and some that just do not appeal to me. For example, it is a common practice to serve a fish head at the Rosh Hashanah meal, since it’s the ‘head’ of the year. I’ve definitely never done that one, and never really care to. Fish heads are not my thing.
The most common tradition, is to greet the new year with apples dipped in honey, as a sign of our wishes for a sweet new year. I think even the least religious Jews I know always take part in this one. It’s delicious, fun, and a great way to start thinking about a new year.
There are other traditions as well, but I’ll spare you the culture lesson for now. [[click here if you want to read more!]] The one I chose to tackle was the traditional dessert – honey cake. It is a sweet, moist loaf cake that has a distinct honey flavor, but is not overly sweet. If done right, it is so simple and delicious. My family does not have a honey cake recipe that has been passed down through the generations, so I though I would try to make my own. I did a little research and recipe formulating. I decided to go the authentic route, and make a simple, traditional honey cake – with my favorite whole food ingredients of course.
Pumpkin butter is definitely not a Rosh Hashana tradition, but I was in the mood for a sweet autumn flavor to go with my honey cake.
I made Angela’s Pumpkin Butter, but halved the recipe. It filled one standard ball jar. I’m still enjoying this with some of my breakfasts, coffee, and snacks.
I’m curious – anyone ever tried honey cake?
What are some of your favorite holiday foodie traditions?
Hi, I'm Rachel! I'm a 22 year old college student in New York City with a passion for staying fit, eating well, and exploring. I'm a born foodie, but like to share an occasional workout, travel, or eco living post. Thanks for stopping by! And feel free to email me at eatlearndiscover[at]gmail[dot]com.
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