Shang and Emma’s Tzimmes

Shang & Emma's Tzimmes

Tzimmes is eaten on Rosh Hashanah because it is sweet and symbolizes our hope for a sweet New Year.

This tzimmes 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.

New England flavors are part of our tzimmes recipe, colorfully illustrated on our kitchen towel. A nice addition to your Rosh Hashanah or Succot celebrations!

Recipe Towel
Shang & Emma’s Tzimmes Recipe Towel

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


Myra Sachs

I ,so love the picture. The recipe looks wonderful and I will copy and hope to try it.

Rose Rehman

As Jewish New Year approaches, I am cooking for my family and Thank God for everything. I will make Tsimmes for first time.


I like to put Apple and a sprinkle of ginger in mine. Brings out the flavors even more.


Beautiful recipe. Love the photo of Sheng and Emma. ❤

Georgia Peach

Looks delicious! I’m going to add some toasted pecan halves. Thanks Ladies!

Suzy Kaminski

My Bubbie had a wonderful recipe for Tsmmes, I wish I had it or watched how she made it. I do know that the shredded carrots and sweet potatoes rested on a bed or kanadelach tyhat was all in one piece, not like in balls for soup. She always made this with a Brisket. Somehow, in a cassarole dish she put the matzoh meal batter, after greasing the dish, and then it is a mystery what goes next. Do you prebake the matzoh batter then add the carrots and sweet potatoes on top, like I said – a mystery. There was also a sweet ssyrup that came from the cassarole dish after it was all baked. I would most certainly add the fruits mentioned in the above recipe along with the carrots and sweet potatoes. I guess I must experiment unless one of your readers has had Tsimmes like this too.


I spent the past hour+ scouring facebook for this recipe! (I forgot your site name until l saw it here.) I’m not Jewish, but I sure like your cooking- this in particular. Making it for Thanksgiving. Thank you!

Sue Lipp

Does anyone have a recipe for tzimmes using white sugar, brown sugar, white and sweet potatoes, beef short ribs. I lost my mother in laws recipe.

Breaking Matzo

Unfortunately, we don’t have a recipe similar to that. It does sound delicious!


The fish looks delicious I diffidently will try it I would like to be a member of your group so I could learn new recipes to give my family thank you

Miriam Anikstein-Poluzzi

Wow! I can always smell my Grandmother’s cooking. Amazing women. Very special.

Barbara Yellin

weird i never had it or heard of it. i wonder when they served it. great picture of emma and shang and myra.

Nancy weiner

Your Tzimmes looks so wonderful! I will have to try it. I love it, my brother could take or it or leave it. He will eat it and like , I just said so! Lol!

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