Traditional Rosh Hashana Dish: Apple & Honey Tart

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Rosh Hashana marks the beginning of a new year and commemorates the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve. Rabbi Chaim Wilhelm, director of Chabad of Northeast Portland., joined us to share a traditional dish-- Apple & Honey Tart.

The central observance of Rosh Hashanah is the sounding of the shofar, the ram's horn which is sounded on both days of Rosh Hashanah. It is customary to eat a piece of apple dipped in honey symbolizing the desire for a sweet year.

Rosh Hashanah services will begin Wednesday, September 20th at 7:00pm followed by services Thursday morning at 9am, Children’s Programs at 10:30am and Shofar blowing at noon. Chabad is hosting 8 Community Services throughout Oregon including the Chabad Center of Jewish Life located at 6612 SW Capitol Highway in Portland, OR. For more information, visit the Chabad of Oregon website.

Apple and Honey Tart


  • 1-2 crispy sweet apples, cored and thinly sliced (unpeeled)
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 lemon
  • powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Unfold puff pastry sheet and cut it in half down the center (don’t worry about the creases from the folding, they will disappear during baking). Place the halves on a greased cookie sheet.
  3. Add honey to a microwave-proof bowl and heat in the microwave until warm, about 20 seconds. Brush the puff pastry with the warm honey.
  4. Mix the apple slices with lemon juice and place them along the length of the puff pastry, overlapping over each other. Brush the apples with additional honey (warm the honey again, if necessary).
  5. Bake for approximately 25 minutes, until pastry has puffed up and is golden brown around the edges.
  6. Drizzle with additional honey and sprinkle with powdered sugar.