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Fig Bread for Tu B’Shevat

June 09, 2021
Fig Bread for Tu B’Shevat


In Israel, Tu B’Shevat is heralded by the white blossoms bursting from the bare branches of the almond trees, filling the air with the sweet perfume of spring. Tu B’Shevat, the New Year of the Trees, is celebrated with fruits and nuts that have been gathered and saved from the summer harvest. Since the times of ancient Israel, fruits were preserved in varied ways. Fruit syrups or “honeys” were cooked from dates, figs, grapes, carobs, and pomegranates. Jams were made from sour cherries, bitter oranges, baby eggplants, and carrots. They were flavored with cardamom, rosewater, and saffron. Dried dates and figs were pressed into leathers and cakes for later consumption. In the early spring, fruits that had been stored in this way would be presented at the festive Tu B’Shevat meal.

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Ingredients

For the Fig Bread for Tu B’Shevat

  • 2cups dried figs
  • cup roasted almonds
  • 2tablespoons sherry
  • 1tablespoon honey
  • ½teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½teaspoon ground anise seeds

For the Guava Peels in Syrup

  • 4lbs fresh guava
  • 1lb sugar
  • Water

Preparation

To make the Fig Bread for Tu B’Shevat

Pan de Higos

  • Step 1

    Grind all the ingredients in a food processor.

  • Step 2

    Line the bottom of a casserole dish with parchment paper.

  • Step 3

    Press the fig paste into the casserole dish.

  • Step 4

    Cover with a clean kitchen towel.

  • Step 5

    Set aside for two days to firm.

To make the Guava Peels in Syrup

Cascos de Guayaba en Almíbar

  • Step 1

    Cut the guavas in half.

  • Step 2

    Scoop out the pulp and seeds.

  • Step 3

    Place the water and sugar in a large pot.

  • Step 4

    Bring to a boil.

  • Step 5

    Add the guavas.

  • Step 6

    Simmer until the guavas are soft.

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