Apricot Tzimmes Brisket

I posted this recipe a few years ago & love it just as much now! The fruit cooks down making a fantastic sweet gravy that spooned over the meat is delicious! Spoon a bit of that gravy over latkes! or kugel ! or mashed potatoes ! or kasha! So good!!

My friend Nora gave me this recipe for Apricot Tzimmes Brisket, It is sweet & delicious… cooked to tender perfection it is a wonderful fall/winter main course to make

I had to change the recipe a bit for 2 reasons! One… my brisket was small, the original recipe calls for a 4 lb brisket, mine was only about 2 lb so I halved the recipe. Two… it also called for prunes, which I did not have so I used dried figs & raisins! So the taste will be different then I remember it.

Here is the adapted recipe…if your brisket is bigger, adjust the ingredients accordingly


2 lb beef brisket

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 small onion, thinly sliced

2 carrots, peeled & cut into 1/2 inch chunks

1/2 lemon, thinly sliced

1 1/2 cups dried apricots

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup cut-up dried figs

1 cup orange juice

1 cup boiling water

1 tsp lemon juice..I squeezed the other half of the lemon from above… and put the leftover lemon juice in the fridge for another time

2 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp honey


You will need a dutch oven… I used a soup pot that can go on the stove top & in the oven…if you don’t have that, you can use a saute pan to brown the meat then put the meat into a roaster that has a lid…or a baking dish you can cover with foil

  1. Heat the oil in the pot you are going to use…
  2. Brown the brisket on both sides & then turn the heat off
  3. Season both sides of the meat with the salt & pepper
  4. Spread the sliced onion all over the top of the meat
  5. Place the cut-up carrots, sliced lemon around the meat
  6. Add the dried apricots, raisins & figs… I just put this fruit on top of the onions
  7. Mix the orange juice,  water, lemon juice, brown sugar, & honey together in a bowl or 2 cup Pyrex measure…mix this until the sugar & honey have dissolved
  8. Pour the liquid over the meat & around the sides
  9. Cover the pot & put into the oven.
  10. Bake at 325f for 2-3 hours until the meat is really tender… The cooking time might be longer then 3 hours so just check.
  11. If your pot is getting too dry add some hot water during the cooking time
  12. Let cool a bit then slice
  13. Serve with the fruit & juices!



Published by

Marilyn Dishes

Many people ask me "how did you do that?" "will you show me how?' So I decided to make a blog about what I cook and bake. I am in no way a professional cook, but I love to feed people and try new things as well as making the "old foods" My friends are wonderful cooks, each with their own 'specialty' and i will be having guest cooks here, showcasing their favourite things to cook as well!! I hope you enjoy this blog and maybe decide to make some of these foods yourself! I am always available to answer any questions you might have about anything you see here. Some of my recipes are unique to me but most are not. They are all recipes I have found in a variety of ways, some are old family recipes that date back decades and some are new ones!