Geeking Out On Rosh HaShanah

A list of 5 obscure -- and underrated -- customs.

09/16/2014 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Dipping an apple in honey is always yummy, and everyone’s heard of the shofar blasts. But the Jewish New Year is also the time to enjoy some slightly more obscure customs that observers of the festival might want to incorporate into their holiday experience. Here, our geeky list.

Fish heads for Rosh HaShanah are a custom more honored in the breach than the observance, these days. Fotolia

Pomegranate Tartlets

09/03/2012 - 20:00

2 ½ cups flour
1 cup butter or margarine
½ cup sugar
1 large egg

2 cups milk
½ cup sugar, divided
3 tablespoons butter
Pinch salt
¼ cup cornstarch
3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
3 tablespoons butter, diced into pieces
2 teaspoons vanilla
¾ cup pomegranate juice
1 cup pomegranate arils

Pomegranate Tartlets.

Chocolate Pomegranate Cupcakes Cake

09/03/2012 - 20:00

1 ½ cups pomegranate juice
1 cup (225g) granulated sugar
¾ cup (170g) soft unsalted butter or margarine
2 large eggs
¾ cups buttermilk or soy milk
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ¾ cup flour
2 ½ tablespoons cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
pinch salt

1 cup pomegranate juice
¼ cup flour
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar

Seeds Of A New Dessert Tradition

The pairing of chocolate and pomegranates is a double dose of sweetness.
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09/03/2012 - 20:00

I imagine thousands of tables this Rosh HaShanah will be adorned with apple pies and honey cakes. After all, the traditional holiday treats are not only deeply tied to the High Holy Days but they are also sweet additions to any meals. The pomegranate, on the other hand, though it is also a major symbol of Rosh HaShanah, usually appears only at the beginning of the meal, and then along with the other new fruits. But I like to incorporate pomegranates into main dishes and desserts as well.

Pomegranate-studded Chocolate Muffins. photo: Amy Spiro
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