As you probably know, I’m always up to trying something new. Whether while I’m managing our clients social media marketing campaigns at Go! Media International or when I’m in the kitchen with just my thoughts and a few ingredients. You may also know, if you follow this blog and the accompanying radio show, that I love trying anything ethnic, traditional, or different from what I am used to.
Growing up Catholic in a predominantly Jewish area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania I was exposed to a wide array of goodies over the years. It was actually quite a juxtaposition of sorts, especially going to a private Catholic school and having nearly 100% Jewish friends.
What I love about the culture the most, aside from my amazing friends and memories, is the food. Much like my Italian family, food is such an important part of the Jewish experience.
With that said, I want to provide two Passover recipes this year to honor these great memories and experiences.
The first one (here) is a sweet one and the second one (which can be found by clicking here) is a savory one.
Now for the sweet one!
I’m a big fan of an easy recipe that is all natural and healthy – and this one has it all!
My good friends at Negev Nectars happily stepped in to supply their absolutely amazing honey for this recipe. You should definitely check them out – their range is absolutely delectable!
Let’s get onto this EASY recipe. Keep in mind that this makes enough for 8-10 people as a side. If you want less, 1/2 the recipe below (as this only keeps nice and crisp for a few days):
*1/2 cup of Desert Magic Pure Acacia Flower Honey (to die for)
*2 Granny Smith Apples
*2 Gala Apples
*1/2 Cup Raisins
*2/3 cup Walnuts (smashed)
*1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
*1/2 cup concord grape juice
Now, shopping is the hard part. Making this is SIMPLE. Let’s get started.
Get your walnuts and pop them into a zip lock bag. Grab a rolling pin and whack them until they are very small pieces….not too dust-like. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Dump the walnuts onto a cookie sheet and pop into the oven (when hot) for 10 minutes or until the walnuts brown slightly. Keep an eye on them….they burn quickly when over done.
Now get onto the apples. Core each of the apples and roughly dice them. Knife cuts are not too important, as I like how the different sized slices add character to the dish.
Now…your prep is done! Presto! Grab a large mixing bowl and apples, honey, raisins, cinnamon, toasted walnuts and grape juice and mix together until everything is fully incorporated. Once mixed, cover and put into the refrigerator to set for about an hour and then serve!
Easy, healthy and naturally sweet!