I decided to add a twist to the Almond Date Truffle recipe that I posted last week. This Shabbat afternoon I kept telling myself that they are totally natural and have no sugar at ALL….. they were so good with a cup of tea…. I wont tell you how many of these delicious treats I ate, but I can assure you that I will be in the Spin room at the gym bright and early tomorrow morning!!!
They are so easy to make. The whole recipe took about 12 minutes to put together and of course needs no baking. Great for Rosh Hashanah, Tu Bishvat, Passover, and all year round!! Gluten Free!!!
Kosher Recipe Ingredients
1 cup pitted dried dates
1 cup chopped almonds
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Amaretto (optional)
1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut
Directions for this Kosher Recipe
Grind almonds in a food processor until finely chopped. Transfer to a baking sheet and toast in oven for 5 to 7 minutes, until fragrant and slightly darker.
Place the dates, almonds cinnamon, and honey in a food processor. Pulse the processor until the mixture comes together to form a ball.
Form cherry-sized balls out of the mixture and roll them in coconut to coat. Enjoy them right away or store them in the fridge for later!
Thank you Helen Bachrach for sharing your mother’s Shavuot table with The Jewish Hostess readers. Her story is so inspiring and I would really love to sit at her table and hear it directly from her. I really enjoyed reading about the detail of this beautiful table. How wonderful that your mother was able to transform sad childhood memories into a meaningful, inspiring, and gorgeous Shavuot table!
Several years ago I viewed a documentary entitled “Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust“ that sounds so similar to her story, I hope you don’t mind that I linked to a clip of it above. Its about a man who took his children to Poland to thank the non-Jews that hid their grandfather during the holocaust. I highly recommend everyone buy a copy of the film from Amazon and show it to their kids and grandkids!
To all of my Jewish Hostesses- enjoy Mrs. Bryn’s holiday table! Marlene
“This table was set for the holiday of Shavuot, by my mother, Felicia Bryn, from Sunny Isles Florida. My mother was a hidden child during the holocaust. She came to Israel in the 1950’s. At that time, she had very little connection to Judaism; she felt very lonely and missed Poland terribly. Gradually my mother started to make friends who invited her for Shabbat and Yom Tov. My mother was captivated by the beautiful Yom Tov and Shabbat tables she saw in different homes. This positive exposure to beauty and Jewish observance instilled in her a desire to create that type of Jewish life in her own home. She met and married my father in Israel. He was a Cantor in the United States and later became a Rabbi. As a Rebbetzin, my mother has had many opportunities to entertain in her home. She starts thinking about her Yom Tov and Shabbat table weeks in advance. The attached picture shows my mom’s Shavuot table covered with Lenox butterfly patterned dishes on glass chargers. The crystal glass goblets come from Poland. My mother has always felt a sense of Hakarat Hatov for the people who saved her during the war and always finds a way to incorporate her crystal from Poland into her Shabbat and Yom Tov table. After the war, she visited them in Poland many times, even during the communist era. On these visits, my mother would collect colored glass goblets of all types and sizes. My mother’s centerpiece consists of two cake stands with a pineapple on top. The bottom cake stand is porcelain. She does not remember where she picked it up. The second cake stand is by Atlas. The pattern is 22 karat gold. My mother picked up the pineapple at Bed Bath and Beyond. She thought the pineapple was whimsical and would add something different to the usual Yom Tov center piece. The bottom cake stand rests on a gold embroidered cloth. The porcelain cake stand is mostly red and white, but the gold trim on the edge picks up on the gold embroidery. The gold on the second cake stand really highlights the gold embroidery on the cloth. The pineapple is red and gold which highlights the entire centerpiece. My mother used gold flatware to tie the rest of the table into the center piece. The tradition on Shavuot is to decorate the house and synagogue with greenery and flowers. One of the reasons given for the custom is as a remembrance of Har Sinai which grew beautiful flowers and greenery when Hashem gave the Jewish people the Torah. My mother expanded on this theme by using flowered napkin holders and filling vases in her home with a variety of greenery picked up from a florist. On Shavuot my mother brings beauty into her home to celebrate the beautiful gift of the Torah to the Jewish People. Please checkout her autobiography on Amazon.com. www.amazon.com/Never-Forget-Lie-Felicia-Bryn/dp/1412070198 ”
I recently tried a new salad dressing from the new SBH Cooking for a Cause cookbook and it was too good not to share with all of my Jewish Hostesses. Its light and sophisticated, yet very kid friendly. It’s much easier for me to whip up large quantities of salad dressings in a Cuisinart than mixing in a bowl. I doubled the amount of ingredients called for in the original recipe, and stored it in a jar in the fridge. Perfect on top of any type of salad! Use it all week- this past Shabbat I drizzled it on top of sliced grilled chicken salad with olives and radichio. Yum! Enjoy! Marlene
Monday Night Light ‘n Lemony Dijon Mustard Salad Dressing:
4 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp dijon mustard
2 tsp red wine vinegar
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper
While Cuisinart blade is running, drop the 2 shallots in to be minced.
Pour in all other ingredients except for olive oil.
While blade is spinning slowly add olive oil to make sure the dressing is emulsified.