Ring in the Jewish New Year with traditional Rosh Hashanah favorites

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By: Victoria Jacobsen
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Across the world, many families mark Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, by dipping apples in honey to symbolize a “sweet new year.”

Lots of the recipes associated with the first of the High Holy days expand on this tradition, using honey, apples and other symbolic foods to flavor a traditional seder dinner.

Here are a few ideas to help you bring time-honored traditions to your table.

Apple Butter Challah

During New Year’s celebrations, braided challah bread is served in a round loaf, imitating the circular nature of the year. This apple butter challah recipe from thekitchn.com provides a seasonal twist on regular challah bread while incorporating a favorite Rosh Hashanah ingredient.

Challah French Toast

Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown Wednesday night, but it’s a two-day holiday. Begin the second day of the celebration on a tasty note with Challah French Toast and orange-infused maple syrup from Kitchen Explorers. You can also use apple butter challah left over from the night before and skip the citrus zest and orange marmalade for a different — but similarly delicious — fruity flavor.

Classic Honey Cake

This traditional holiday favorite is also simple to make. The Classic Honey Cake from the kosher recipe section of Chabad.org gets its flavor from honey, cinnamon and strong dark coffee.

Sweet New Year Roast

During Rosh Hashanah, even the main course is sweet. Many families enjoy brisket or roast as the centerpiece of the holiday dinner, and this flavorful roast, also from Chabad.org, is marinated in red wine, apricot preserves, cranberries, dates and prunes alongside onions and fresh garlic.

Chicken Matzo Ball Soup

Need a little savory flavor to balance out the sweet? Try Chicken Matzo Ball Soup from All Recipes as an addition to your holiday meal or as comfort food for any day of the year. 

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