Happy Birthday Trees & Chocolate Tart
Photo: Liz Rueven

Happy Birthday Trees & Chocolate Tart

We’re jazzed to sweeten our favorite holiday around preparing local ingredients and seasonal fruits. Tu b’Shvat, this locavore’s favorite winter holiday, is coming right up and we’re turning to the Bible’s set list of ingredients as a guideline for what to eat.

Start planning your feast’s dessert by whipping up this divine dairy-free and gluten-free Chocolate Ganache Tart with Oranges and Pomegranates. It will take you about 20 minutes to assemble and it won’t even require you to turn on your oven.

Let’s just call this recipe GENIUS.



Tu b’Shvat, a minor Jewish holiday sometimes called The Birthday of the Trees or The Feast of Fruits, is coming up on Sunday evening and celebrated through Monday, January 21, 2019.

Tu b’Shvat is a beautiful and meaningful holiday with Biblical roots. The reference in Deuteronomy 8:8 refers to the land of Israel as “a land of wheat and barley, of vines, figs, and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey”.

This ingredient list is a starting point for feasts which traditionally include these foods plus any other fruits you may be eating for the first time this year. Many kosher bloggers take this list as a challenge to see how they can creatively combine these ingredients in themed dishes. This holiday is a favorite of school kids who traditionally plant trees in Israel and for anyone interested in proper stewardship of our environment.

For more on Tu b’Shvat check out this excellent and thorough overview from My Jewish Learning.

Chocolate ganache tart gluten free dairy free kosher
Photo: Liz Rueven


When my talented friend, Chef Danielle Rehfeld Colen, created this chocolate tart for her site, The Inherited Plate, I was blown away by how dazzlingly impressive AND genius it is. Be sure to check out her site to watch her engrossing videos of home cooks sharing their culture’s iconic recipes with her in her kitchen.

I’ve made a few minor changes to her recipe, which she created for Rosh HaShanah when fresh figs were accessible in the northeast. With nothing but shriveled dried figs in sight, I’ve swapped in vibrant orange slices in an array of hues that’ll brighten any winter meal.

The only challenging detail in this recipe is learning how to supreme your oranges. The technique is surprisingly simple and will take you about 20 seconds to master. You’ll want to know how to supreme citrus for your next winter fruit salad, anyway, so go learn here.

For easiest removal of your tart, consider using this 11″ fluted tart pan with removable bottom.

I used Savannah Bee’s Whipped Honey with Chocolate  but Red Bee’s Creamed Honey would be fantastic.  Any high quality whipped honey will be a great addition.

kosher chocolate ganache gluten free and dairy free
Photo: Liz Rueven


For more Tu b’Shvat recipes check out our previous posts:

Savory Galette with goat cheese, silan and olives.

Finding meaning in Winter Fruit Salad.

Grilled Bread and Kale Salad with walnuts and figs from Mollie Katzen’s classic vegetarian cookbook, The Heart of the Plate.

Pecan Fig Biscotti from Kim Kushner’s The Modern Menu.


How do you celebrate Tu b’Shvat? We’d love to know! 

Happy holiday and love to you all. xo Liz


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