rosh hashanah foodsEverybody, including adorable Shira, knows about apples and honey for a sweet year, round challah for the circle of life, but, did you know there are more symbolic Rosh Hashanah foods?

Growing up on Israel, in a Sephardic family, our Rosh Hashanah table was loaded with dates, pomegranate, pumpkin, leek, beets and a whole fish or the meat from a sheep’s head. All have symbolism and play on words / double meaning as written in the Machzor.

For example: the word leek in Hebrew is  כרתי and a similar word is כרת which means to cut or amputate;

May our enemies and haters will be CUT off, or in English: leek- like us as we eat this leek. May our luck never lack in the year to come.

Then we would all eat leek latkes.

It continued with each of the symbolic foods…. By the time we got to the head of the sheep meat and wishes each other a year of leadership and firsts, we were no longer hungry for dinner….

So allow me to skip to dessert and share a favorite Sabbag family apple cake for Rosh Hashanah foods:

1.5 cups oil (health nuts: change some to coconut oil)
1.5 cups sugar (health nuts: change some to agave or honey)
3 eggs
3 cups flour (health nuts: change a cup to flax seed flour or gluten free)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup raisins or chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts
3 cups apples, peeled and cut into small pieces.

Combine ingredients in the order given.

Bake in 350′ oven- muffins: 25 minutes, cake: one hour

                                                              חג שמח ובתיאבון!