Grandma Bea's Tzimmes from Artie's Deli

Each year since it opened its doors in October 1999, Artie's Deli in New York City sells a variety of traditional Jewish foods during Passover -- one of its busiest times. Tzimmes is one of the deli's most popular dishes.

  • Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces mixed dried fruit (such as prunes, pears, peaches, and apples), cut into thirds
  • 4 medium carrots (about 1 pound), peeled and cut into 3/4-by-3-inch sticks
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes (about 8 ounces each), peeled and cut into 8 wedges each
  • 1/2 cup orange or apricot marmalade
  • 1/3 cup light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Coarse salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place dried fruit in a medium bowl and pour 1 1/2 cups of the boiling water over the fruit. Let stand until soft, about 20 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the liquid; set aside.

  2. Add a large pinch of salt to the boiling water. Add carrots and sweet potatoes, and cook until tender when pierced with the tip of a knife, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain, and transfer to a large ovenproof saucepan with a lid. Add the softened fruit and reserved liquid, the marmalade, brown sugar, granulated sugar, honey, cinnamon, vanilla, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt; stir to combine.

  3. Cover, and bake for 30 minutes. Remove cover, stir gently, and return to oven, uncovered, until light brown, about 15 minutes more. Remove cinnamon stick before serving.

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