These Rosh Hashanah treats are a delicious way to wish someone a sweet New Year


The Jewish New Year is marked with wine, celebrations and a lot of tradition. But it is also associated with certain flavors ranging from apples to honey. These are often seen at the table on Rosh Hashanah and throughout the season.

Fany Gerson, executive chef, cookbook author, founder and co-owner of La Newyorkina, an artisan Mexican frozen treats and candies company, as well as Fan-Fan Doughnuts, an artisanal gourmet donut shop in Brooklyn, New York. Gerson is best known for her Mexican sweets, but her work represents both her cultural heritage, Mexican as religion, Judaism, and her Rosh Hashanah donuts, just in time for the Jewish New Year, pay tribute to that.

The Rosh Hashanah New Year Celebration Box ($30), which contains a chocolate-honey glazed donut, a sticky apple bun with salted caramel, and a round braid of pomegranate cherry with black sesame and bee pollen, is available for local pickup at Fan-Fan Donuts from 22-28. September, and more information is available on the Fan-Fan Donuts website.

“On Rosh Hashanah, Jews around the world celebrate the Jewish New Year. As with most Jewish traditions and symbolism, food plays an important role and it is those traditions that inspired the flavors of our Fan Fan New Year box,” said Fany Gerson, executive chef and owner of Fan Fan Donuts.

Many of the flavors associated with Rosh Hashanah are related to the concept of a sweet New Year. “In general, the emphasis is on sweets to wish people a sweet New Year. Honey comes in different forms at the table depending on where you come from – the chocolate honey donut is our interpretation of this tradition,” says Gerson.

There are also flavors inherent in this feast. “Some regions have pomegranate on the table to symbolize the desire for abundance — we made a round, braided (challah-like) pomegranate donut with cherry glaze,” says Gerson.

But of course everyone knows the apple element. “We eat a lot of apples (traditionally apples and honey) and the sticky bun made with our donut dough is rolled with apples and topped with a sticky, delicious caramelized honey!” says Gerson.

While these donuts are incredibly exciting for the holidays, here are some places where you can get Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur packages delivered across the country, right to your door:

Liebman’s Kosher Deli Complete Deli Dinner for 2-4: If you don’t feel like cooking this year, this meal set with pastrami, soup, and all the trimmings can be delivered to your home in time for the holidays.

Katz’s Deli Yom Kippur Package: Yom Kippur may be a fasting holiday, but it’s booked by some pretty big parties. Katz’s has the complete spread available for delivery, from matzoh ball soup to pastrami and brisket to bagels & lox. Please note, this food is Jewish and Kosher style, but not certified Kosher.

Breads Bakery Rosh Hashanah Babka + Cake Combo: The most classic New York desserts, perfect for a holiday dinner anytime, anywhere.


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