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Shang and Emma’s Tzimmes

By Breaking Matzo

Published Oct 19, 2022


Our Tzimmes Story

Tzimmes is a traditional Ashkenazi dish made from slow cooked root vegetables and fruits. A tasty blend of savory and sweet, that pairs well with a variety of entrees. We added a New England flair by including dried cranberries and maple syrup in the dish. The fall flavors of carrots and sweet potatoes make it a perfect seasonal addition to any Sukkot menu. 

This tzimmes recipe was inspired by Breaking Matzo Founder Andy Goldfarb’s great aunts – Shang and Emma. They were sisters and lived together all of their life. They were wonderful cooks and always made this delicious Tzimmes for the Jewish Holidays. 


This recipe was originally featured on BreakingMatzo.com. 

Our Tzimmes Recipe

Makes approximately 5 cups 



  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped 
  • 1-1/4 cups carrots, peeled and chopped into coins 
  • 1-1/2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed 
  • juice of 1 orange (or 1/4 cup orange juice) 
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup 
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries 
  • 1/2 cup dried figs 
  • 1/2 cup Medjool dates 
  • 1/2 tsp pepper 
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon 
  • pinch of salt 



  1. Heat olive oil in a hot sauce pan then add red onion. 
  2. Cook onion on medium-low until soft. 
  3. Add carrots and sweet potatoes and cook for 1-2 minutes. 
  4. Add orange juice and maple syrup and cook for 5 minutes on low. 
  5. Add remaining ingredients and cook until you can pierce the carrots and sweet potatoes with a knife (about 5 more minutes). 

Breaking Matzo is an online resource to help you create lasting memories around your Jewish Home Holidays.



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