Starting the New Year with a wish for knowledge, learning, and wisdom
This Rosh Hashanah my family celebrated the Holiday at home, though we had the good fortune to have our older son come home to share the festive meal with us. Tradition calls for a dessert with apples and honey, but he doesn’t usually like fruit based desserts. He is more a chocolate lover and he has always had a passion for pomegranates.
The Jewish tradition teaches that the pomegranate is a symbol of righteousness because it is said to have 613 seeds, which corresponds with the 613 mitzvot, or commandments, of the Torah. For this reason and others, it is customary to eat pomegranates on Rosh Hashanah.
Growing up I used to love pomegranate, or melograno. I would spend quite some time eating the ruby and juicy seeds of the seasonal fruit, and I would be the last one at the table, with all the other commensals staring at me. So it seems that I have passed the tradition for my oldest son. He is, in fact, the only one of my children to enjoy nibbling at the pomegranate seeds, no matter how tedious it might be.
Finding a dessert that would combine chocolate and pomegranate wasn’t too difficult, thanks to Google, though I wanted a recipe that would be dairy free as well. To my surprise I found these Chocolate Pomegranate Cakes which were easy to make completely vegan – substituting non dairy cream for the heavy cream.