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starkrazi Jun 16, 2008 09:50 AM

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!!!

  1. Ruth Lafler Jun 19, 2008 11:12 AM

    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!).

    1. bards4 Jun 19, 2008 10:43 AM

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

      1. starkrazi Jun 19, 2008 10:25 AM

        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

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          pamd Jun 17, 2008 07:50 PM

          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. wolfe Jun 16, 2008 02:27 PM

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


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            1. re: wolfe
              starkrazi Jun 16, 2008 03:35 PM

              :( 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
                wolfe Jun 16, 2008 04:34 PM

                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
                  Caitlin McGrath Jun 17, 2008 04:45 PM

                  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
                    MMRuth Jun 17, 2008 04:49 PM

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

                    1. re: Caitlin McGrath
                      wolfe Jun 17, 2008 05:08 PM

                      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
                        vvvindaloo Jun 17, 2008 07:22 PM

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

                    2. re: starkrazi
                      hotspur Jun 18, 2008 04:00 AM

                      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!

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