by: Pnina Kirchhevel
All Jewish holidays have special food customs. Tu BiShvat, or the New Year for Trees, is celebrated on the 15th of Shevat (usually in February). The holiday originated as a way to calculate the age of trees.
The first three years, no fruit may be eaten. Fruit produced in the fourth year belonged to God and after that, whatever the tree produced could be enjoyed by its owner. This sweet bread is a favorite in my home.
1/3 c. (50 grams) Dried Medjool dates
1/3 c. (50 grams) Dried apricots
1/3 c. (50 grams) Dried cranberries
1/4 c. (50 grams) Sunflower seeds
1/3 c. (50 grams) Raisins
2/3 c. (100 grams) Chopped walnuts or pecans (can use 50 grams of each)
2 c. Whole wheat flour
1 tsp. Baking soda
1 Pinch of salt
1 tsp. Cinnamon
¼ tsp. Allspice
¼ tsp. Ground ginger
½ c. Sunflower oil (or butter)
1 c. Light brown sugar
½ c. Milk or orange juice
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