Sundown on Friday, September 15, marks the start of Rosh Hashanah, the two-day celebration of the Jewish New Year. The egg bread called challah is a traditional part of the festive holiday meal, as are apples dipped in honey and bakery treats such as honey cake and rugelach — signifying a sweet start for the new year.
You’re on your own with the apples and honey, but we’ve got some suggestions on where to get the rest, including gluten-free versions.
A few notes for the uninitiated:
Shana Tovah to all!
Beyond Bread sells plain, traditionally shaped challah every Friday, but for the holiday all the stores will stock up with round challahs in plain, raisin, sesame, and poppy seed varieties, along with honey cake — my favorite way to eat honey and apples — and apricot rugelach.
For more information, visit beyondbread.com.
This gluten-free bakery and coffee shop offers a full menu of Rosh Hashanah-related baked goods but here’s the catch: You’ve got to order by noon on Wednesday, September 13. Options include plain and raisin round challahs; apricot pecan, date nut, and prickly pear (!) rugelach; honeycake; and apple amaretto cake. If you can’t order in time, you can pick up cream puffs and eclairs at the bakery, no small consolation prize.
For more information, visit dedicatedgf.com.
This gluten-free bakery and bistro keeps cinnamon-raisin challah in their freezer, perfect for defrosting when needed.
For more information, visit gourmetgirlsglutenfree.com.
On Thursday and Friday, the various stations of the JCC — reception desk, fitness center, Cafe at the J — will offer round challahs. They sell out fairly quickly, so get a move on (hey, this is an exercise facility after all).
For more information, visit tucsonjcc.org.
Mona’s is selling both regular and round challah for the holiday. No other Jewish-related baked goods are featured, but the cinnamon apple kringle is absolutely in the spirit of Rosh Hashanah.
For more information, visit monasdanishbakery.com.
The only kosher bakery in Tucson, Nadines gears up for the holiday with an abundance of Rosh Hashanah-related baked goods: plain and raisin round challahs, honey cake, sponge cake, rugelach, mandel bread, bobka…oh my! They’re available in the bakery on Thursday and Friday, but it’s a good idea to order in advance.
For more information, follow Nadines Bakery on Facebook.
Grab your phone and put in your order: The Village Bakehouse’s special holiday menu offers raisin, poppy, and sesame round challah, cinnamon, chocolate, and raspberry rugelach (all with walnuts), honey cake, and a variety of cookies.
For more information, visit villagebakehouse.com.
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Edie Jarolim has worn many hats, including a sombrero on a one-too-many-margaritas night. She earned a Ph.D. in American literature from New York University and was a guidebook editor at Fodor’s (Random House) and Frommer’s (Simon & Schuster) in New...