Mansanada: A Sephardic Apple Compote to Celebrate Rosh Hashanah
We love apple picking and always end up with bushels of fruit--ready for snacks, applesauce, pies, baked apples, and more! Apples are a sure sign that autumn is almost here.
This year, even the baby is getting in on the act!
Apples dipped in honey, symbolizing the hope for a sweet new year, are also a traditional food for Rosh Hashanah.
Whether you are celebrating the Jewish New Year or just the approaching fall, apples are a delicious way to enjoy the harvest.
We're always looking for new ways to enjoy apples so we tried Mansanada, an apple compote that is part of the Sephardic tradition.
Ingredients (makes enough for 6-8 people):
- 6 apples
- 4 cups of water
- 1 cup of honey
- 1 lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1. Peel, core, and slice the apples. My kids love our old-fashioned apple peeler because they can do this step themselves.
2. Pour water into a pot.
3. Add honey.
4. Squeeze in the lemon.
5. Add Spices.
6. Simmer the apples in the mixture until the apples are soft but not mushy (about 5-7 minutes).
7. Remove the apples from the liquid and then boil off the liquid until it becomes a syrup.