How to Make Easy Dreidel Apple Pie

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How to Make Easy Dreidel Apple Pie

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“Hi Marlene,
I wanted to make my mom another desert for our Hanukah party,but was very short on time, so I semi- homemade the pie.
I bought frozen pie dough (it comes with 2 “crusts”)
Pre baked the dough for 10-12 m on 350

  • 4 Cortland apples
  • 2 TB Truvia (you can use regular sugar,but everyone is on a diet these days)
  • 1 rounded teaspoon of brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 TB flour

Peel apples and slice thin..keep apples in lemon water to prevent browning)
Combine all ingredients and align in pie dough
Roll out the second pie dough and stamp out a dreidel with your cookie cutter..you can also use a menorah cookie cutter or star..line the dreidels neatly around the pie..trying to cover as much of pie as possible…bake @ 350 for 35-40 or until golden brown! Enjoy!
Bella V. Sardar”

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Summery Feta Watermelon Basil Bites by Sarah Mamiye

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Summery Feta Watermelon Basil Bites by Sarah Mamiye

1 Comment 23 May 2013

Feta Watermelon Salad

Leave it up to Sarah Mamiye to serve this beautifully presented version of the classic watermelon feta salad.

In my book the perfect dish needs to have these qualities:

1- Easy to assemble (LOL-would be buy ANYTHING if the box said “difficult to assemble?”)

2- The color combo should automatically put you in a better mood than the minute before you walked into the room.

3- The presentation should make everyone say, “Wow- how did she think of that?”

4- A great dish needs to have a mix of great taste and texture! In this case Sarah melded the classic sweet juiciness of a summer watermelon with the salty, creamy rich soft feta goat’s cheese originally exported from Greece. (Currently many countries produce forms of feta cheese, including Australia, Denmark, Germany, and of course, the United States. Modern-day, different versions of feta cheese are made from cow’s milk)

Sarah’s recipe is so simple to assemble, that the most preparation for the dish needs to be in ordering the mini appetizer dishes and party picks for serving.

I’ve found a fantastic site for all of your Jewish Hostess needs- Check out http://www.pickonus.com and send me pics of your brand new menu presentations!

Here’s how Sarah did it!

“Hi Marlene, This salad was so easy… cube and drain watermelon,  cut even cubes of feta, roll and slice basil leaves,

1-Skewer feta and watermelon cubes

2-Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and sliced basil leaves.

3- As an alternative, you can also drizzle  with chopped mint and lime juice.”

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Missoni Mania on Rosh Hashanah by Candy Gabbay

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Missoni Mania on Rosh Hashanah by Candy Gabbay

No Comments 19 May 2013

Enjoy this Rosh Hashanah inspiration from 2011….

Feast your eyes on this colorful and daring Rosh Hashanah holiday table that Candy Gabbay whipped up after dashing to the Missoni Target sale last week! Candy is constantly ahead of the trends, it’s no wonder that she pulled this hot table decor  together using a MISSONI SHOWER CURTAIN!!! 

P.S  If your table setting is fun, unique, inspiring,  and one of a kind, then we want to see it too!!!! Send it over to marlene (at )thejewishhostess.com!!!

 

“Hi Marlene,

  Since the only thing I could find of Missoni in Target was a shower curtain, I had to buy it even though I didn’t need one! So, I decided to turn it into a table cloth and base my table settings around it! It’s so fun and colorful, just like me! I got so many comments on it as my BBM picture, so I decided to share it with your website. The photos are attached, if you have any problems opening it let me know!
  I put a solid black tablecloth first. Then took the Missoni reversible shower curtain and placed in center and folded sides up so you would see the black and white pattern along the edge of table. I bought flowers that coordinated with the colors on the curtain and placed them in small circular vases down center of table. Found the exact green from the cloth in plates at Amazing Savings and loved the cool shape. Added black and white napkins, a Missoni candle, and last but not least my outrageous challah cover that I needle pointed myself! As you can see I like color!”
Candy Gabbay
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Rosh Hashanah in Morocco? Check out Sarah’s Table!

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Rosh Hashanah in Morocco? Check out Sarah’s Table!

2 Comments 19 May 2013

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(Enjoy Rosh Hashanah inspiration from 2011….)

Thank you Sarah for sending in your “Night in Morocco” themed Rosh Hashanah! WOW!!! I wish I was there!

Sarah created this Moroccan themed evening on Rosh Hashanah  by buying nargilla smoking pipes as props from Kosher Palace on Kings Highway. Always thinking of making her guests feel cozy and right at home, she also somehow found a minute to run to  Canal Street in Manhattan to purchase pashmena wraps which she artfully displayed on the back of each chair. Comfortable Morrocan patterned silk slippers were displayed in a basket at the foot of the dining room table. Moroccan drums and mirrored trays on this fabulous Rosh Hashanah table completed the holiday decor. Thick candles and Moroccan inspired candlesticks topped off the festive Jewish New year.

This is one table that will inspire us all to make our Jewish  holidays fun AND memorable! Thanks again for sharing your evening with us, Sarah!

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Panko Goat Cheese Slices with Roasted Butternut Squash and Toasted Almonds atop Arugula

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Panko Goat Cheese Slices with Roasted Butternut Squash and Toasted Almonds atop Arugula

6 Comments 10 May 2013

Adapted from Robin Jemal’s holiday recipe kosher cookbook  Dare To Be Different ,
this dairy goat cheese salad with its citrusy dressing will be a major hit with your family and guests.

The toasted sliced almonds and Panko coated goat cheese adds a nice dose of topping crunch that, just for a moment brings back the good old days of  CARVEL chocolate crunch…. BUT getting back to reality, lets all accept the fact that if we were born before 1980- the Carvel topping days are not on the menu anymore, and now we might have to add that daily dose of crunch with a salad that has a sidekick of  sweet  roasted butternut squash and toasted almonds, and a citrusy dressing to top it all off. Recipes like these make it fun to be a grownup!

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Panko Goat Cheese Slices with Roasted Butternut Squash and Toasted Almonds atop Arugula

Panko Goat Cheese Slices with Roasted Butternut Squash and Toasted Almonds atop Arugula

Ingredients

    Salad:
  • 2 logs of cold goat cheese,
  • 3 egg whites, beaten
  • 1 cup panko crumbs mixed with salt and pepper
  • 1 bunch of beets, boiled and cubed
  • 2 cups of sweet potato or butternut squash cubed, mixed with olive oil and salt and roasted till edges are brown.
  • 1 cup toasted almonds or pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts/optional
  • 1 bag mesclun lettuce, or baby arugula
  • Citrus Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup orange zest
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • salt,pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Slice goat cheese with a sharp knife into rounds and dip into beaten egg and then into seasoned Panko crumbs.
  2. Place on a sprayed baking tray and bake for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees till toasty.
  3. Place beets, roasted cubed sweet potato or butternut squash atop greens.
  4. Add toasty goat cheese on top.
  5. Whip dressing ingredients in Cuisinart with sharp blade.
  6. Pour over salad.
  7. Top with toasted walnuts, almonds and/or pumpkin seeds.
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Cheesy Mini Spinach Tarts

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Cheesy Mini Spinach Tarts

1 Comment 09 May 2013

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This recipe is the appetizer version of the Sephardic Spanech (spinach) ou b’ Jiben(cheese) in which the spinach mixture is poured into a big pie shell or pyrex and baked.

I love to add these spinach and cheese delicacies to my Shavuot holiday menu every year because I know that adults and kids will gobble them up as they are waiting for the holiday lunch or dinner to be served.

Make sure the butter is softened at room temperature  before making the dough, and use your Cuisinart to whip up the dough in a flash.

p.s.You will always want to have  a batch of these spinach tarts bagged in the freezer for an unexpected guest. Serve with coffee and your brunch menu.

Adapted from the “White Deal Delights Cookbook.”

Ingredients:

Dough:

  • 13 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup semolina (smead) flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup warm water

Spinach Cheese Topping:

  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp. safflower oil
  • 3 1/2  boxes frozen chopped spinach or 1 1/2 bags frozen chopped spinach
  • kosher salt to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups low fat mozzarella cheese (or muenster cheese if you really want it extra cheesy).
  • dash of white pepper
  • sesame seeds, chopped pimiento (optional topping)

Directions:

  1. Combine flour, smead(semolina flour), and salt in Cuisinart
  2. Using Cuisinart, gradually add butter, then warm water slowly
  3. Squeeze excess water from spinach.
  4. Saute onion tilll soft, add  spinach and salt
  5. Add eggs,  cheese and pepper
  6. Mix well, adjust seasonings to taste
  7. Line baking sheets with wax paper if you are preparing to freeze.
  8. Line with parchment paper if you are ready to bake
  9. Roll dough into evenly shaped balls
  10. Dip in sesame seeds (optional)
  11. Flatten balls, and flute edges
  12. Place a tsp. of spinach mixture inside each flattened circle
  13. Flute edges.
  14. (you can flute edges and then add mixture- whatever works for you!)
  15. Freeze and then bag or bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes

ready for the freezer

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Easy Diet Zucchini Pizza Slices

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Easy Diet Zucchini Pizza Slices

No Comments 06 May 2013

 

Easy Diet Zucchini Pizza Slices

My daughter Joy created this easy diet pizza recipe and shared it on @thejewishhostess Instagram in a snap.

Directiions:

  1. Slice zucchini in thin rounds and bake on a sprayed parchment for 20 minutes.
  2. Slide out of the oven and spoon marina sauce on top of each one.
  3. Sprinkle with shredded low fat cheese and oregano. Bake at 350 degrees till cheese is melted and toasty.
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Vicky’s Easy and Pareve Peanut Butter Trifle Dessert Recipe

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Vicky’s Easy and Pareve Peanut Butter Trifle Dessert Recipe

No Comments 06 May 2013

“I made this yummy dessert on Shavuot and  got so many requests for the recipe I figured you would post it for me,

Thanks Marlene!”

Vicki Hoffstein

  • 1 box Duncan Heinz Brownie Mix- bake in two 8in rounds according to directions and let cool.
  •  for the PB Mousse:
  • 1 1/2 C non dairy whip cream
  • 1 C smooth PB
  • 1 8oz container of tofutti cream cheese room temp.
  • 1 C confectioners sugar
  • 1 TB Vanilla extract
Whip all together in electric mixer
  •  layer of parve sandwich cookies
  • layer of non dairy whip ceam
  • layer brownie
 topping:
  • 1/4 C granulated sugar
  • 1/4 C  non dairy whip cream
  • 1 C semi sweet choc chips,
  • 1/2 C peanuts, chopped for garnish
Layer 1 brownie cake in a trifle bowl, next combine PB Mousse in electric mixer, spread over brownie and chill for 2 hours in fridge. Next layer open sandwich cookies on top, add layer of whip cream, and last layer of brownie. In a small saucepan heat sugar and non dairy cream, stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to a boil. remove from heat, add choc chips and stir until melted. Spread over brownie, add peanuts and chill another 2 hours. So Yummy! Enjoy!
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Plum Nectarine Tart on Crispy Phyllo Dough with Sugar Almond Sprinkles

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Plum Nectarine Tart on Crispy Phyllo Dough with Sugar Almond Sprinkles

3 Comments 06 May 2013

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Dear Hostesses,

This week I was inspired by a Martha Stewart dessert entitled striped plum tart. I decided to recreate a lighter tart version using phyllo dough instead of puff pastry. I also omitted the heavy cream that she whipped up as a base for the tart so that it would be healthier and pareve after a hearty meat Shabbat meal. I recommend baking and serving within 2-3 hours, because, even though I picked at the leftover tart on Shabbat day, it really was kind of soggy and its the kind of dessert that only if you made it and remember how good it was at the moment that you served it, you will be one of the few who munch on the mushy leftovers.

Remember to use plums and nectarines that are ripe but not too soft, or you will have a hard time arranging them prettily on your phyllo dough.

You can also omit the almonds if you have nut allergy concerns, or if you are just not in the mood for that flavor. If you choose to omit the sugar topping, I think it would turn out delicious also!

Enjoy! Marlene

Plum Nectarine Tart with Sugar Almond Sprinkles:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup whole toasted almonds
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 box phyllo dough in strips- available at Wegmans
  • 4 red or black plums- sliced off the pit into 4 wedges and placed onto your cutting board, and sliced into thin crescents
  • 4 white or yellow nectarines –  sliced off the pit into 4 wedges and placed onto your cutting board, and sliced into thin crescents
  • 1/2 cup strawberry clear (no strawberry pieces) jam mixed with some instant hot water to thin.

Directions

  1. Pulse toasted almonds and sugar, in a food processor until ground to a fine meal.
  2. Spray a cookie sheet with pareve butter flavored Pam. Defrost your phyllo dough at room temperature (don’t try to unfold it until its defrosted or it will crack) and lay about 10 sheets of 12 x 10 inch piece phyllo dough onto that surface. (The size should fit your platter.)
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Sprinkle almond mixture evenly over the entire phyllo rectangle. Lay alternate rows of nectarine and plum slices.
  4.  Brush with thinned strawberry jam and sprinkle with crunchy almond topping. bake for about 1/2 hour or until done. Don’t use parchment paper (as I did) because the jelly will stick right onto it and your guests will end up with parchment paper in between their teeth! Serve warm. Don’t miss a single recipe! 

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Heavenly Cheese Samboosak

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Heavenly Cheese Samboosak

3 Comments 06 May 2013

Mother’s Day and Shavuot  would not be the same  in a Sephardic Jewish household if we did not serve samboosak as a side dish on the table.

Many people even serve it with the dessert and coffee or tea at the end of the dairy meal.

A bag of frozen unbaked  sambousak is considered like “gold” because of the loving handmade touch of each delectable crimped half moon pastry.

Remember to always keep a bag of frozen samboosak in the freezer for an unexpected guest!

Ingredients:

Dough:

  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of smead- (semolina flour) available at Bob’s Red Mill
  • dash of kosher salt
  • 2 sticks of melted butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp oil

Cheese Filling:

  • 1 lb. low fat mozzarella cheese, grated,
  • 2 eggs beaten,
  • 1/2 tsp  aluminum-free baking powder.

Egg Glaze and Sesame Seeds for Topping:

  • one beaten egg in a small bowl for dipping sambousak.
  • 3/4 cup sesame seeds mixes with 1/2 tsp of kosher salt.
  1. Mix flour, semolina and salt. Add butter , add water and oil slowly.

(Can be kneaded by hand, but I like using the metal blade of the food proccessor.)

  1. Refrigerate dough for 20 minutes.
  2. In a glass bowl, mix grated cheese with  aluminum-free baking powder and eggs .
  3. roll the dough into walnut size balls.
  4. flatten with tortilla press or your palm
  5. place a teaspoonful of cheese mixture into the circle
  6. fold over and crimp, starting at one end, rolling the dough between your thumb and forefinger and pinching as you turn the half moon. It takes practice!
  7. dip half moon into beaten egg, and then into sesame seed mixture.
  8. place on sprayed parchment on a cookie pan.
  9. May be frozen on a tray at this point. Place in a freezer bag when frozen. or-
  10. bake at 350 degees for approximately 20 minutes.
  11. Done when bottom of each sambousak is a light brown and top is perfectly baked.

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Eggplant Rollups with Hashu (Meat) and Rice Filling

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Eggplant Rollups with Hashu (Meat) and Rice Filling

2 Comments 05 May 2013

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hashu meat, syrian style,

hashu, veal stuffing,meat stuffing, stuffing for vegetables,

Way back in the days when my grandparents resided in Syria, there was no such thing as  a huge slab of meat for the entire family,  so the women had to stretch a pound of meat by grinding and mixing it with short grain rice (faster cooking time), salt, allspice, and cinnamon.  They would stuff this “hashu” filling into the  vegetables that were bought in the local souk in the city. Of course the vegetables were laboriously  scooped upon arrival home. Fruits, vegetables and poultry from the Aleppo region were know to be organic and  extra tasty, and the former residents will passionately attest to it. I will never forget the pride of one of the women that we interviewed for the Sephardic Heritage Museum project when she said, “You haven’t even tasted a CHERRY until you’ve tasted one from Aleppo!” Fortunately, our grandparents brought the memories of the flavors of their native land, and adapted them to our American menu. I’m not actually sure if they made eggplant rollups back in Syria, but I’m sure that they stuffed their  baby eggplants with “hashu”. For a more detailed post on how to make hashu click HERE.

I really enjoy making eggplant rollups for the holidays when one meal rolls into the next because you can just pull it out of the freezer to defrost in the morning and pop into the oven a couple of hours before serving.

If you do freeze in advance, then just remember to defrost and add a little water to the edges of the pyrex before cooking!

 

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Eggplant Rollups with Hashu (Meat) and Rice Filling

Eggplant Rollups with Hashu (Meat) and Rice Filling

Ingredients

  • 1-2 lbs chop meat
  • 1/3 cup short grain rice(per lb of chop meat)
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp allspice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • garlic salt
  • oregano
  • 2 uniform long eggplants/sliced into long thin slices

Instructions

    Eggplant:
  1. Brush each eggplant slice with safflower oil and place on a baking tray.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes
  3. Hashu meat filling:
  4. Mix chop meat, rice, spices and water together with cooking gloves till consistency of wet play dough.
  5. Take each long slice of eggplact and place 2-3 tablespoons of meat at the edge.
  6. Roll up each eggplant slice into a finger sized rollup and place on a pyrex one by one.
  7. Pour a can of tomato sauce over the legnth of each row of rollups.
  8. Sprinkle with garlic salt and oregano.
  9. Bake at 350 for an hour or more (cover for and hour- then uncover for about 20 minutes) till bubbly.
  10. Lefortover "hashu" can be made into torpedo shaped balls and frozen on a cookie sheet for later use.
  11. Can be thrown on top of chicken or any roast, or cholent before cooking.

Notes

May be frozen in advance. Make sure to defrost before cooking- add some water to the edges before cooking.

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Summer Grilled Corn, Avocado and Tomato Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

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Summer Grilled Corn, Avocado and Tomato Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

1 Comment 03 May 2013


This is a perfect summer Shabbat lunch salad (remember to grill your corn on Friday!)

This salad is also a winner for a  Sunday night Mother’s Day barbeque.

Juice of 1 lime

3 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tbsp honey

1/2 tsp salt

1 clove garlic crushed

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1 pint grape tomatoes cut in halves

1 ripe hass avocado, roughly chopped

2 ears of fresh sweet corn

2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

Grill corn over medium heat for 10 to 15 mins.  The corn should have some brown spots and be tender and not mushy.  DO NOT OVERCOOK!!  Cut the corn off the cob and scrape the cob with  the back of your knife to get  the juices.  Set aside and let cool.

Add all the ingredients for the dressing in a bowl and whisk to combine.  Add the tomatoes, avocado, cilantro and grilled corn.  Mix well  so that everything is coated with the marinade, but be careful not to mash the avocadoes.  Refrigerate for 1 hour and serve.  Bon appetit!

adapted from Jehan Can Cook

How to Grill Corn on the Cob:

It is important to soak the corn in cold water before grilling. Remember to leave the corn husks on, but peel them back first and remove the silk. I usually soak it for 10-20 minutes. Make sure the entire corn ears are covered in the water. This will help prevent premature burning of the husks. If you want to add a little sweetness, you can add sugar to the water.

After soaking the corn on the cob, it is time to season. While there are many different recipes, we will start of with the basic.

Start off by brusing the entire corn with olive oil. We do not recommend butter at this stage, as it will burn the corn.

Add a generous combination of paprika (smoked if you have it), garlic powder, chili poweder, pepper and salt.

Cover the corn back up with the husks, and tie a string around the ends (this will help ‘steam’ the corn while grilling). If you do not have any string, you can use a piece of tin foil, just wrap it wround the end like a rope.

Fire up your girll and place the corn on the cob over indirect heat (not directly over the flame). Turn every 5 minutes to prevent the corn from burning. You will know it’s know when the entire husk looks like it is burnt. Don’t worry, this is what you want.

let the corn rest about 5-10 minutes in the husk, then remove the husks and any excess silk.

Adapted from How to GrillCorn.



  • The Minimalist: Crunchy Grilled Corn (nytimes.com)
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Summer Icebox Cake- Chocolate and Dairy!

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Summer Icebox Cake- Chocolate and Dairy!

4 Comments 03 May 2013

Shirley Mamiye, an NYU Art History student, is also a professional baker who is on top of the dessert trends. She is also one of the few bakers I know that will give out her recipes and NOT LEAVE ANY INGREDIENTS OUT!!!!

If you think that you can stop at one teeny spoon of her icebox cake, then think again! Get ready to burn some calories after indulging!  Enjoy this luscious dessert! Marlene

p.s. You can email Shirley to cater your desserts for your next event- click HERE.

This gorgeous cake is basically made up of layers of stacked, chocolaty cookies and fluffy whipped cream. Placing the cake in the cake into the freezer after its been assembled allows the cookies to soften, creating a melt-in-your-mouth confection perfect for Shavuot!! This wonderful dessert takes some time to make, but each step is simple on its own… and the end result is well worth it!! Enjoy! Shirley

Chocolate Wafers:

  • 2-¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup+2 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 21 tablespoons unsalted butter, slightly softened
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Combine the flour, cocoa, sugar, salt, and baking soda in the bowl of food processor and pulse several times to mix thoroughly. Cut the butter into about 12 chunks and add them to the bowl. Pulse several times. Combine the milk and vanilla in a small cup. With the processor running, add the milk mixture and continue to process until the mixture clumps around the blade or the sides of the bowl. Transfer the dough to a large bowl or a cutting board and knead a few times to make sure it is evenly blended.

Form the dough into a log about 14 inches long and 1 3/4 inches in diameter. Wrap the log in wax paper or foil and refrigerate until firm, at least one hour, or until needed.

Position the racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Line the baking sheets with parchment paper. Cut the log of dough into slices a scant 1/4-inch thick (I went thinner, closer to 1/8 of inch. If you’re trying to emulate store-bought wafers, slice as thin as you can, and watch the baking time carefully, as it might be less.) and place them one inch apart on the lined sheets (cookies will spread). Bake, rotating the baking sheet from top to bottom and back to front about halfway through baking, for a total of 12 to 15 minutes. The cookies will puff up and deflate; they are done about 1 1/2 minutes after they deflate.

Cool the cookies on the baking sheets on racks, or slide the parchment onto racks to cool completely. These cookies may be stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks or be frozen for up to two months.

Note: These cookies should crisp as they cool. If they don’t, you’re not baking them long enough — in which case, return them to the oven to reheat and bake a little longer, then cool again.

 

To Assemble:

  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Unsweetened cocoa (or chocolate shavings)

In a large bowl, beat cream, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form.

On a flat serving plate, arrange 7 cookies side by side in a circle, keeping 1 cookie in the center.

Spread with 1/2 cup whipped cream, making a 7-inch circle. Repeat with remaining cookies and cream, making 11 layers of cookies and ending with a layer of cream (there will be a few cookies left over). Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

To serve, dust top lightly with cocoa powder or chocolate shavings or sugar flowers

 

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A Mediterranean Style Bar Mitzvah Table Display with a Golden Touch

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A Mediterranean Style Bar Mitzvah Table Display with a Golden Touch

6 Comments 03 May 2013

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This past summer, the Morris I Franco Cancer Center sponsored their annual spectacular women’s table decor fundraiser at the home of Millo and Sam Haddad. Several teams of talented women volunteered their time and efforts to create spectacular table setting themes that wowed the hundreds of women who attended the seaside event. One of the incredible tables was set by Diane Azrak Massry, Cheryl Azrak, Annie Azrak and Frieda Azrak. Starting off with a siddur and a bar-mitzvah tallit  that was handcrafted in Israel, the women chose a Bar Mitzvah table theme for their table setting decor display. This Bar Mitzvah table showcased a blend of our mid eastern Jewish tradition with a modern American flair . Homemade  Syrian pastries such as ras-ib-adjweh (date-filled pastry) and graybeh(buttery cookie topped with a pistachio),  reminiscent of a “zeeyada” or festive occasion celebrated in a Syrian Jewish home, were placed delicately atop a golden tray, while mid-eastern patterned gilt   dinnerware and goblets added to the ambiance of the setting. The gold rimmed colored glass liquor cups are antique finds, and the Moroccan style hurricane lamp was borrowed from Parci Parla Home. The final sweet touch was the triple set of  bar-mitzvah teffilin, torah, and tallit cakes cakes that were artfully baked by Violet Fallas. One of the most exciting parts of the day was having Amy Atlas of Amy Atlas Events come judge the table settings of the day. Stay tuned for the rest of the team’s photos! Here is the Chanel themed table that was posted previously, and  click here for the link to Table Set Go from the summer of 2011.

Photos by Morris Gindi Photography.

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The women point out all of the details to judge- Amy Atlas

Diane Massry, Poopa Dweck

 

L to R- Annie Azrak, Amy Atlas, Diane Massry, Frieda Azrak, Cheryl Azrak,

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Drizzled Mini Cheesecake Pops

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Drizzled Mini Cheesecake Pops

4 Comments 03 May 2013

cheescake pops on the right -I made alot of the desserts for this engagement party

 

 

“Hi! Its Shirley from HomeBaked.com , counting down the days till Shavuot . This holiday is definitely one of my personal favorites – so rich in tradition, spirituality, introspection, and of course, outstanding desserts.

Because we traditionally refrain from eating meat on the holiday of Shavuot, we are blessed with the rare opportunity to serve DAIRY desserts after the holiday meals. Being me, I usually plan my family’s Shavuot dessert menu from about three months in advance, as dairy dessert is an extremely exciting thing to me (and not something that I often get to do). This year, I plan to make an authentic mascarpone-filled tiramisu, a strawberry shortcake trifle (with real whipped cream!), a flaky blueberry tart a la mode, and perhaps some buttery, golden, lemon-glazed madeleines a current obsession of mine…

Anyway, I promised myself that I wouldn’t share yet another cheesecake recipe with you as a Shavuot dessert idea. I sometimes wonder if Shavuot could be Shavuot without that rich, sinful cheesecake staring out at you some point in the holiday. However, I am an enormous cheesecake fan, and I do believe that if you are going to indulge, it may as well be on Shavuot. Therefore, I decided to give you my favorite cheesecake recipe with a spin:

Cheesecake Pops !

These adorable little treats are pretty simple to make (in fact, I bet kids would have a blast dipping them in the melted chocolate and sprinkles), can be eaten with minimal guilt (considering you can stop at just one), and will certainly still pay a respectful homage to the traditional cheesecake that I am sure we would all like to let go of for a while.

While there are a bunch of steps involved in this recipe, do not get overwhelmed –  each can be done in stages, and can be spread out across several days.

Cheesecake Pops

Recipe from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey by Jill O’Connor

Makes 30–40 pops

  • 5 8-oz packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • boiling water as needed
  • thirty to forty 8-inch lollipop sticks
  • 1 lb chocolate (semi-sweet, milk or white), finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
(optional- used to thin out the chocolate)
  • assorted decorations: chopped nuts, colored sprinkles, toffee bits, mini chocolate chips (optional)

Position oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees F. Set some water to boil. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, flour, and salt until smooth. If using a mixer, mix on low speed. Add the whole eggs and the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well (but still at low speed) after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and cream. Grease a 10-inch cake pan (not a springform pan), and pour the batter into the cake pan. Place the pan in a larger roasting pan. Fill the roasting pan with the boiling water until it reaches halfway up the sides of the cake pan. Bake until the cheesecake is firm and slightly golden on top, 35 to 45 minutes. Remove the cheesecake from the water bath and cool to room temperature. Cover the cheesecake with plastic wrap and refrigerate until very cold, at least 3 hours or up to overnight. When the cheesecake is cold and very firm, scoop the cheesecake into 2-ounce balls and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Carefully insert a lollipop stick into each cheesecake ball. Freeze the cheesecake pops, uncovered, until very hard, at least 1 – 2 hours.

When the cheesecake pops are frozen and ready for dipping, prepare the chocolate. In the top of a double boiler, set over simmering water, or in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water, heat half the chocolate and half the shortening, stirring often, until chocolate is melted and chocolate and shortening are combined. Stir until completely smooth. Do not heat the chocolate too much or your chocolate will lose it’s shine after it has dried. Save the rest of the chocolate and shortening for later dipping, or use another type of chocolate for variety. Alternately, you can microwave the same amount of chocolate coating pieces on high at 30 second intervals, stirring until smooth.

Quickly dip a frozen cheesecake pop in the melted chocolate, swirling quickly to coat it completely. Shake off any excess into the melted chocolate. If you like, you can now roll the pops quickly in optional decorations. You can also drizzle them with a contrasting color of melted chocolate (dark chocolate drizzled over milk chocolate or white chocolate over dark chocolate, etc.)

You can also chop up Heath Bars as a delectable topping.

 

Place the pop on a clean parchment paper-lined baking sheet to set. Repeat with remaining pops, melting more chocolate and shortening (or confectionary chocolate pieces) as needed.

Refrigerate the pops for up to 24 hours, until ready to serve.

So, enjoy your Shavuot, enjoy your cheesecake, be sure to post any questions or comments and I’ll be happy to answer.

All the best,

Shirley Dana

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