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Jun 16, 2008 09:50 AM

Recipe I can't find anywhere

Hey guys my Aunt has this recipe with layers that consist of sliced apples, sweet potatoes, and carrots with an orange sauce made from orange juice, water, sugar and cornstarch. She layers the apples, carrots etc. then pours the orange sauce and while it cooks it shrinks down to a thin layer.

I can't find the recipe online, in books, and she can't remember the name.

I swear she dreamed up this recipe. But she is sure she saw it made on a cooking show. but this maybe 20 years ago lol. All I can say is it's very good!!!

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  1. Fruit, carrot and sweet potatoes with orange sauce makes me think it's a variant of tsimmis.

    7 Replies
    1. re: wolfe

      :( It looks a lot different but a little bit the same. But it isn't the same one. It has no carrots and the sauce is different thanks though.

      1. re: starkrazi

        If you google tsimmis recipes you will find it with carrots, apples, pineapple juice, in chunks, in slices etc. Keep looking through that genre and pick what you like.

        1. re: starkrazi

          I don't understand. In your OP, you say, "my Aunt has this recipe with layers that consist of sliced apples, sweet potatoes, and carrots with an orange sauce," so how can it have no carrots?

          1. re: Caitlin McGrath

            I think it's the recipe that Wolfe links to that has no carrots.

            1. re: Caitlin McGrath

              She means in the recipe example I gave. It has apples and sweet potatoes but no carrots, a rather trivial deficiency to correct.

              1. re: wolfe

                i'm no expert, but the OP's description sounds like tsimmis to me.

            2. re: starkrazi

              I would think that any recipe from my Aunt would be a modification of something. What I mean is, alot of these "recipes" are thoughts, ideas, notions. If you went to 100 nice jewish grandmothers and asked for chicken soup, you would get 100 different recipes, but each would have a chicken in it....get my drift. You are not looking for Thomas Keller's way of doing a tuna tartare. You are looking for a lovely familial dish that has a million variations. In today's day and age you may find an "exact" receipe online. But I would think wolfe's Tsimmis is close enough. Have fun, experiment, enjoy and make your own family tradition!

          2. definitely sounds like tzimmes....check this one out...

            I make mine with the orange sauce though as well, but no apples- you can combine recipes. Also, some people add prunes.

            1. So it's settled its a variation of Tsimmis. Thanks guys you are awesome. I have never heard of Tsimmis before. But I will let my Aunt know what her dish is and now it can have a name instead of "that sweet thing" she cracks me up

              1. Try this link and scroll down to the Tzimmes recipe --

                1. I agree that it sounds like a variation on tsimmes. As other posters have noted, there are probably as many tsimmes recipes as there are Jewish grandmothers (or maybe more -- there's an old saying: two Jews, three opinions!).