On Rosh Hashanah it is traditional to eat foods symbolic of our hopes for a good and prosperous new year. The most recognizable of these symbols is the apple dipped in honey, but there are many more symbolic foods associated with Rosh Hashanah, such as gourds, fenugreek, leeks, beets, dates, pomegranate, and the head of a fish. These desserts are based around some of these traditional symbolic foods (don’t worry, not the fish head). While it is customary to serve the symbolic foods at the beginning of the meal, these desserts are a fun way to serve them at the end as well.
Pomegranates are a very common food to serve on Rosh Hashanah. When eating the pomegranate we state the hope “that our merits increase like (the seeds of) a pomegranate” in the coming year. These Individual Pomegranate Tarts are the perfect way to highlight the many seeds within each pomegranate. The sweet tart crust is filled with a soft pomegranate curd and topped with as many fresh pomegranate seeds as will fit on top. The seeds look like glistening jewels making this a very elegant dessert.
Pumpkin Pot de Creme
This next dessert, a pumpkin pot de crème, is included as a stand-in for the gourd. Since pumpkin and gourds are both members of the squash family this seemed like a much tastier option, saving the real gourds for sukkah decorations in a few more weeks. This pot de crème tastes like creamy, soft pumpkin pie filling.
These Apple and Honey Marshmallows are a fun take on the traditional flavors of Rosh Hashanah. I love to serve homemade marshmallows at all my Shabbat and holiday meals. A bowl of the springy cubes of marshmallow set out with the tea and coffee never fails to get a smile from my guests, old and young alike. We dip apples in honey at the beginning of the meal as a symbol of our hopes for a good sweet year. With these marshmallows you can end the meal with a bit of extra sweetness, as well. These would also make a great hostess gift for Rosh Hashanah.
Shanah Tovah u’Metukah, may it be a good as sweet New Year.