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Recipes for Your Rosh Hashanah Meal

Fruity challah, easy brisket, yummy kugel and more

Rosh Hashanah Dishes, challah bread

Challah bread is a traditional part of the Jewish New Year feast. — Photo by Mitch Hrdlicka/Getty Images

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, marks the first of the High Holidays and is observed 10 days before Yom Kippur. Symbolic foods with special meanings for the holiday permeate Rosh Hashanah recipes and meals.

See also: A Jewish New Year feast.

Apples and Honey:

Honey represents quality of life and wealth, as in the description of Israel as "the land of milk and honey." Slices of apple dipped in honey are often given to Jewish children during Rosh Hashanah, and prayers are said asking God for a sweet year. Challah bread dipped in honey and honey cake are also popular traditional foods.

Honey Cake by Claudia Roden

Apple-Cinnamon Noodle Kugel With Sour Cream by Faye Levy

Honey Apple Spice Muffins by George Geary

Chicken With Prunes and Honey by Jennifer Felicia Abadi

Spinach-Green Apple Salad by Ellie Krieger

New Fruit and Pomegranates:

"New fruits" refer to fruit that has just come into season and has not yet been eaten this year. Eaten on the second night of Rosh Hashanah, pomegranates are often used, with the hope that good deeds done in the coming year will be as numerous as pomegranate seeds.

Grilled Eggplant With Pomegranate Vinaigrette by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner

Spiced Lamb Stew With Walnuts and Pomegranate by Jamie Oliver

Warm Shredded Lamb Salad With Mint and Pomegranate by Nigella Lawson

Round Challah Bread:

Representing the cycle of the year, this braided egg bread is eaten year-round but is specially shaped into spirals or circles during Rosh Hashanah to represent the ongoing continuity of life.

Round Rosh Hashanah Challah by Faye Levy

Holiday Honey Challah by Faye Levy

Apricot-Pecan Challah by Faye Levy

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AARP food expert Pam Anderson demonstrates several different shapes of bread that can be made from the same basic recipe.

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