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Rosh HaShanah is the Jewish New Year and like most Jewish holidays there are food customs associated with it. The most popular being the dipping of apples into honey.
This sweet combination stems from an age-old Jewish tradition of eating sweet foods to express our hope for a sweet new year. The apple symbolizes the Garden of Eden.
Last year we celebrated the holidays at my best friend Edva’s house. She is a very talented, creative and dynamic person. There is nothing she cannot do and I am constantly amazed at all the fun and exciting projects and decorations she comes up with.
She made this gorgeous honey tasting station and it blew me away. I so happy she has agreed to share it with all of you.
Shana Tova …Wishing you a full round and sweet new year
Xxx Chef MM
- 5 Glass Jars with wide mouths and lids
- 5-8 granny smith apples
- ½ cup lemon juice
- 1 lemon sliced
- Assorted glass jars for the apples
- 3 1/3 cups honey – 2/3 cup for each jar
- Herbs and Spices to Flavor*** (Chillis peppers, Rosemary, Lavender, Orange Zest & Cinnamon Sticks)
*** you can use a variety of flavors and combinations to infuse your honey. Some suggestions are sage, ginger, vanilla, chilli, lemon, coffee, cloves, allspice, cinnamon, thyme, mint, rosemary, orange, lavender, all spice
FOR THE HONEY
Set up your double broiler (small pot of boiling water with a glass bowl on top). Bring the water to a boil. Place the chilli peppers into the bowl and add 2/3 cup of honey. Heat for 5 minutes.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely. Place the infused honey in the jar.
Repeat the process with the rosemary, lavender, orange zest and cinnamon sticks.
Seal the jars till you are ready to use them.
FOR THE APPLES
Cut the apple into 1/3 inch circles to expose a pretty flower in the center.
Place the apples into glass jars. Add some lemon juice and lemon slices to stop them going brown. Top the jars with water.
Arrange the glass jars on the table and surround them with the infused honey.
FOR THE HONEY JAR FAVORS
You can also make honey jars as gifts or favors. In this case you will need to sterilize the jars and lids by boiling them in hot water for 5 minutes.
You will also need some cute labels or gifts tags, which you can pick up at your local craft store or you can make them yourself.