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Shana Tova! Happy New Year!

Shana Tova! Happy New Year!

Shana Tova

Wishing all who celebrate a very happy and sweet New Year. May you all be happy, healthy, renewed, refreshed and joyful.

I made this layered dessert for this evening. I wanted to bring in the various symbols of the holiday – honey, apples and pomegranates. What do these foods represent? Here’s a quick guide:

Honey – nature’s way of wishing us all a happy and sweet New Year. Honey sums up our hopes and wishes for the coming year. Also, honey is one of the attributes of the land of Israel (the land of milk and honey), so it serves as a reminder of our heritage and from where we came.

Apple – another natural representation of sweetness. The apple is also seen as a fruit of affection between spouses and therefore a symbol of the Jewish home and family, of optimism for a brighter Jewish future, of the tenacity of Jewish spirit and determination.

Pomegranate – just as the fruit is full of seeds, we hope we will similarily enjoy abundant goodness in the coming year. May we all be fruitful like the pomegranate!

I came up with this simple concoction that’s different from my usual Rosh Hashanah dessert fare. Luckily, it was a hit. The best part? It’s a snap to make! Enjoy!


Rosh Hashanah Parfait



Honey Whipped Cream
1 pint heavy cream
2 tablespoons honey

Roasted Apples
3 medium to large apples (I love Macouns and Honey Crisps), peeled and cubed
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Juice of half a lemon
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon rose water (don’t worry if you don’t have this)

6 graham crackers, crushed

Pomegranate seeds for the topping


Set the oven to 425. Toss apples with the rest of the roasted apple ingredients. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roast until the apples brown.

Meanwhile, in a stand mixer, combine the honey and heavy cream. Whip at high speed until peaks form.

Put it all together. Layer a clear cup with 1) graham cracker crumbs 2) whipped cream 3) more crumbs 4) spoonful of roasted apples 5) more crumbs 6) more whipped cream 7) pomegranate seeds. If you don’t want to make individual dessert cups, you could make this in a large trifle bowl using the same layers. You can do many layers instead of just these seven…

Shana tova!

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