Editors Note on explaining the meaning of Tu Bi'Shvat Before This Recipe:
Tu Bi'Shvat is known as the New Year For Trees - Rosh Ha'Shanah La'Elanot. (Not to be mistaken with the normal New Year which falls out in the fall, on the 1st day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei and which is followed 10 days later by Yom Kippur.) Indeed this is Judaism's "green" holiday. It falls out between Hanukkah and Purim. Tu Bi'Shvat simply means the "15th of the month of Shevat". Tu - is just a transliteration of the number of days. The "T" stands for the Hebrew Letter "Tet" which is equivalent to the number 9. The "u" stands for the Hebrew letter "Vav" which is equivalent to the number 6. 9+6 = 15. Thus "Tu" is fifteen. Shevat being the name of the Hebrew Month - "Bi" meaning in. Thus "Bi'Shevat or Bi'Shvat (spelled both ways with the "e" and without the "e") means "in Shevat".
This is celebrated in Israel and abroad by eating the fruits and grains associated in the Bible with the Land of Israel. These being seven:
- Honey (which means actually the honey of figs)
Submitted By Shimon S. - He Writes:
A recipe for T"U B'Shvat - based upon a passage in the Torah [editor: Hebrew for Old Testament]. Its very rich nutritionally, and plenty sweet so I only bake it once a year. The cake can be sliced up into about 40+ pieces No cholesterol! Only 155 calories per piece! & only 5 gr. of fat per piece! Like eating less than 1 slice of bread (per serving)! That's if you can control yourself, of course...
The Verse is from Deuteronomy 8:8 -
"A land of wheat and barley and vines and fig trees and pomegranates;
a land of olive oil and honey. A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack anything in it...".
Ingredients -The Dough:
- 4 cups wheat flour (sifted, of course)
- Text Box: 3/4 cup of oil (to include 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 package baking powder (12 grams)
- 1/2 cup barley malt beer (black beer)
- 1/2 cup Pomegranate juice or wine (called Grenadine in Israel)
- Spread about 2/3 of the kneaded dough on a greased pan.
Ingredients - The Filling:
- 200 grams of chopped-up Figs
- 200 grams of raisins (Grapes)
- 200 grams of Dates (the biblical Honey)
- Spread this mix over the dough that's in the pan.
- Cover this spread with the remaining 1/3 of the dough
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Bake: in an oven, at 180° C. (350° F.) for about 30 min.
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