How to Make Chocolate Dipped Pretzels For Purim

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How to Make Chocolate Dipped Pretzels For Purim

7 Comments 06 February 2011


Believe it or not Purim is March 20 this year- the clock is ticking!!!

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These pretzels by Shirley are a gorgeous add-in for Mishloach Manot. Just place them in food cello  bags from HERE or  HERE and tie them with fringe cord ribbons from HERE. Of course as a second item to include in a gift basket you can simply add a bottle of grape juice or if you want to shmancy it up use a nice bottle of wine.

Shirley actually made these pretzels for an engagement party and when I saw how everyone was grabbing them to take home as a goodie for their kids -(ahem) I knew that I had to get the recipe for my Jewish Hostess readers.


I found these personalized ribbons from HERE to decorate Purim baskets.  Just order the ribbons with “Happy Purim! Love the Cohens…” written on them. It takes 2 weeks to order, so do it soon!

Pretzel photos by Morris Gindi Photography.

Happy Purim!

Marlene M.

“Hi its Shirley from Homebaked…I’d like to share with you one of my most well received recipes, which also happens to be one of the easiest to prepare. People (old and young alike) just go crazy for the salty/crunchy/chocolaty goodness of a chocolate covered pretzel.  These little treats are the perfect way to end a meal, and the flavor combinations and toppings for the pretzels are quite limitless. Here I have posted a few of my personal favorite ideas for decorating, however, feel free to get creative…you certainly can’tt go wrong.

What You’ll Need:

  • Pretzel Rods (If the rods are big, I like to cut them in half with an knife to make a smaller pretzel. )
  • Semisweet, Milk, or white Chocolate for dipping and drizzling
  • Sprinkles such as chopped oreos, chopped nuts, mini m&ms, toffee bits, nonpareils, peanut butter chips…

To Assemble:

  1. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.
  2. Melt the chocolate that you will be using to dip the pretzels in the microwave, in 10-second intervals (as to not burn the chocolate).
  3. Transfer the melted chocolate into a deep bowl or cup, and proceed to dip the pretzels into the chocolate, leaving just the tip of the pretzel bare. Shake of any excess chocolate back into the bowl. (If the chocolate seems to be too thick for dipping, simply use a knife to spread it evenly around the pretzel. Don’t worry about imperfections- they’ll be covered up by the sprinkles.)
  4. Immediately roll or sprinkle the pretzel with the desired topping while the chocolate is still melted, and place onto the cookie sheet.
  5. When all of the pretzels have been dipped and decorated, melt some chocolate (of a different shade) in the microwave.
  6. Transfer the melted chocolate into a sturdy ziplock bag and squeeze down until all the chocolate is in one corner of the bag.
  7. With sharp scissors, snip a tiny hole into the corner of the bag, begin to drizzle the chocolate-covered, decorated pretzels that are on the cookie sheet.
  8. Freeze the pretzels for up to a month in an airtight container.
  9. Enjoy!!


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Healthy Eating Tips for Passover 2011

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Healthy Eating Tips for Passover 2011

2 Comments 06 February 2011

 

Pray. Drink. Eat: The Reality of Passover

Eat. Pray. Love. A famous book and movie. Pray. Drink. Eat. A typical Passover seder. The holiday season brings with it bigger, later meals, junk food, socialized eating and less physical activity. Rest assured, there are ways to not let the food restrictions defined by Passover define poor food choices. Understanding the reality will help you calmly take control of what and how you are eating. Recalling the splitting of the red sea does not have to result in the splitting of your pants. Here are realistic and easy to follow weight management tips for this Passover season:

Choose whole grains.  Whole grains are the optimal choice for health compared to refined carbohydrates for benefits including more fiber and vitamins. They are the key to making you feel fuller and satisfied longer and relieve feelings of bloating and constipation that typically accompany Passover eating habits. Lucky for us, there are a variety of products on the market today to make this step easier. No more excuses. From farfel to matzo meal, regular matzo to shemura you finally have more choices.

Eat Breakfast. This step is essential to curb your appetite throughout the day and achieve a healthy weight. Get creative with your choice of breakfast options so you are not eating 5 pieces of matzo with cream cheese every Passover morning. Choose plain yogurt (there are many varieties kosher for Passover) and mix with your own fresh fruit. Add a few small pieces of whole wheat matzo for added crunch. Another great choice can come right off leftovers of your Seder table: the hardboiled egg. You can also make an omelet and add vegetables to make it more nutritious. Even a salad with an egg or tuna fish and a piece of whole wheat matzo is a well-rounded, balanced breakfast.

Eat Regularly. Sounds simple, right? You wake up and tell yourself you are going to start with breakfast and not go more than three hours without eating a small portion of something. Well, with the kids at home, cleaning, cooking the meals, socializing with family and forget about the demands of Seder nights where you feel forced to adhere to the meal schedule dependant on the synagogue one, remembering to eat is not on the top of your mind. The seemingly easy step, if not kept, can be your biggest downfall. Your body is a living, breathing being. It runs on a timer, one that was set based on your eating patterns. If you skip meals and snacks your body will be out of sync, not knowing when you will give it the nutrients it needs to function next. In turn, the body will respond by hanging on to every last bite you eat. This in turn will slow your metabolism and contribute to bloating and future weight gain. It will take reregulating your eating pattern and being consistent to get your body back into motion, a process that takes a lot longer than you simply remembering to eat in the first place! Keep in mind that there is no way to avoid eating the late night feast during Seders, but ensuring you are eating small, frequent meals or snacks throughout the day will help you to not overeat. Try to skip the night dessert and plan it for lunch instead, which leads to the next tip…

Go Dark. Let’s face it: dessert is part of the Passover experience. You need to be geared up to make the best choices. If you must have the piece of chocolate, always go dark versus milk. Dark chocolate has flavonoids, an antioxidant, with less sugar and calories. If you need to satisfy that sweet tooth and the fresh fruit is not cutting it, best choice is the simple square piece of a dark chocolate bar, a small dark chocolate covered lollipop or a handful of dark chocolate covered nuts. Stay away from chocolate combined with other added sugars like caramel.

More importantly than the choice of snack, is planning when you want to have it. Studies show you eat less when snacks are planned versus an impromptu urge where you may overindulge. If you choose to have your dessert at lunchtime, for example, it is better to have that piece of cake in your mind than to eat multiple portions of every dessert at each meal without thinking twice.

Planning the unplanned meals. Eating more per meal than usual can do harm. Your body sorts through the rapid influx of food you consumed in a short amount of time resulting in a digestion and metabolism slow down. When venturing to meals as a guest, use your plate as ammunition against the unknown battlefield of food. Take a 9-inch plate and divide into quarters: one quarter for a protein, one for a starch and two for vegetables (potatoes, peas, beans and corn count as a starch). With this strategy you are assured to eat a balanced, portion controlled meal no matter what the exact dishes turn out to be.

Remember to eat slowly. Taking your time while eating will allow the food to digest into your gut and release hormones telling your mind that you are full and satisfied. Eat too fast and you will over consume as your mind is not getting these signals fast enough for you to stop eating.

Take a Hike. Just like our brethren walked through the dessert, relive the Passover story by taking a walk around your block. Although not quite as dramatic, keeping your body moving during the holiday will aid in weight management and allow you to feel better and more in control of your body.

The best part about these tips is they apply to everyday life. Passover or just another day, these guidelines will help you stay on track and take control of your health.

Beth Warren holds a Master’s of Science degree in Nutrition from Brooklyn College. She is a freelance foods writer, nutrition consultant and runs a private practice specializing in pediatric and adult weight management, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease in Brooklyn, NY. She also writes her own blog at www.myfoodthoughts.com

 

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Shirley’s Low Fat Apple Crisp

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Shirley’s Low Fat Apple Crisp

2 Comments 06 February 2011

My daughter Shirley has been experimenting with new recipes as a newlywed and she is determined to buy lots of low fat healthy ingredients. She used to complain that I was the only mother who sent in organic apples for third grade snack  and she still recalls the sound of the thud that the whole apple made as it hit the bottom of the classroom garbage can. I never understood how she ended up with all those Laffy Taffy wrappers in her jacket pockets…

“Hi Mom

I made this Low Carb Apple Crisp recipe for you for Shabbat. Enjoy!

Love,

Shirley”

Ingredients:

  • 4  Organic Baking Apples (honey crisp apples are delicious)
  • 1/4 cup quick cooking oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup whole grain pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 Tbsp Earth Balance Buttery Spread (if mixture seems dry- add a little more)
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. spray an 8×8-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a bowl, thoroughly combine the oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and  Earth Balance margarine.
  4. Peel, core, and thinly slice the apples.
  5. Spread the apple slices evenly over the surface of the baking pan.
  6. Sprinkle the oatmeal-flour mixture over the apples.
  7. Bake in the preheated over for 30 minutes or until the apples are tender and the topping is golden brown.
  8. Serve warm, topping each serving with 1/4 cup frozen parve ice cream.

Makes 8 servings. Double or triple the recipe for a big crowd.

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