Shang and Emma’s Tzimmes

Tzimmes is eaten on Rosh Hashanah because it is sweet and symbolizes our hope for a sweet New Year. This recipe was inspired by my great aunts – Shang and Emma. They were sisters and lived together all of their life. They were wonderful cooks and always made this delicious Tzimmes for the Jewish Holidays. We add a New England flair by including dried cranberries and maple syrup in the dish.

Makes approximately 5 cups


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1-1/4 cups carrots, peeled and chopped into coins
  • 1-1/2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • juice of 1 orange (or 1/4 cup orange juice)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dried figs
  • 1/2 cup Medjool dates
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt


  1. Heat olive oil in a hot sauce pan then add red onion.
  2. Cook onion on medium-low until soft.
  3. Add carrots and sweet potatoes and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add orange juice and maple syrup and cook for 5 minutes on low.
  5. Add remaining ingredients and cook until you can pierce the carrots and sweet potatoes with a knife (about 5 more minutes).
pictured l to r: Andy's great aunts Emma and Shang and his mother, Myra Outwater

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