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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!



  • 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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The Best Sephardic Charoset Recipe Ever

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The Best Sephardic Charoset Recipe Ever

6 Comments 16 March 2011

This Sephardic Charoset Recipe has been handed down for generations by my husband’s side of the family- the Shamah’s of Aleppo.

Medjool dates are used. Even though they are double the price, you will find that fresh medjool dates are juicy and extra delectable.

My Mother in law makes the best charoset  or haroset) of all time.  Of course although its a seder plate item, its’ sweet simplicity is just perfect every single morning of Passover as we slather it on (I love whole wheat) matzoh. Sitting down with a cup of coffee and the newspaper on Passover completes this delectable breakfast.

Every year, about 2 weeks before the holiday, my mother in law drops off three medium size tupperwares full of her home made charoset . We put it in the freezer and defrost a container one or two days before enjoying it down to the last drop.

Im so glad that I finally asked her for the recipe and I’d love to share it with all of my Passover hostesses.


    1. 6 pounds of Medjool dates, sliced lengthwise, pit removed.
    2. Each date must be checked for worms or bugs. (you’d be surprised at what you may find lurking in there!)
    3. Soak the pitted and checked dates in water for 2 hours. Drain.
    4. Boil dates till soft. Cool and slip off the peel if you want a smoother Charoset consistency.
    5. Grind witha Cuisinart with a metal blade.
    6. When serving mix in 2 tbspoons sweet wine per  1 cup of charoset.
    7. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts. The combo is an unforgettable, once a year treat!
    8. Thats it! Store in airtight containers and freeze if its more than three days before Passover. You can store it in pretty jars, wrap with a ribbon and give out as a made -with- love Passover gift.

Enjoy- Happy Holiday!

p.s.- please submit your passover  recipes! I would love to post them!

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