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Low-Fat Grilled Turkey Kibbeh for Thanksgiving

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Low-Fat Grilled Turkey Kibbeh for Thanksgiving

1 Comment 22 November 2013

“Who knew kibbeh could be grilled? This Turkish recipe is a healthy alternative to fried kibbeh torpedoes and is really delicious. These are easy to make – all of the ingredients are mixed together and formed into a torpedo shape. I like using a medium or coarse grain bulgur for a crunchy exterior. These are also excellent made with ground beef or lamb. Serve with pita bread, Israeli salad or fatoush, and lemon wedges. I love this as an appetizer for a holiday lunch! Perfect  for your Thanksgiving menu! Lisa Ades”

TURKEY KIBBEH KEBABS

Adapted from Food and Wine magazine

  • 1 pound ground turkey (*see note below)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup medium or coarse grain bulgur, rinsed
  • 1/2 med. onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Aleppo pepper (flakes, not ground)
  • lemons, cut into wedges

‘How to’ Create kibbeh

In a mixing bowl, combine the 2 tablespoons of olive oil, rinsed bulgur, onion, flour, salt, allspice, cumin and Aleppo pepper. Add ground turkey and mix well. Form the mixture into 1-by-3-inch “torpedoes”.

Grill for 5 minutes over moderately high heat, turning frequently on all sides until they are golden brown and cooked through.  You can also broil them.

Serve the turkey kebabs with pita bread warmed on the grill, salad and lemon wedges. Makes about 16. Serves 4.

* note:  This is not great with all white meat turkey – it will be very dry.

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Miriam’s Healthy Low Fat Pumpkin Muffins

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Miriam’s Healthy Low Fat Pumpkin Muffins

No Comments 20 November 2013

 

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Miriam Kairey is officially our Thanksgiving Hostess ever since she became famous for her how to roast the  Perfect Turkey  with Cranbery Relish Recipe! I gobbled these muffins at Miriam’s home while she hosted an entire film crew as we interviewed several more of our community’s elders for The Sephardic Heritage Museum. These pumpkin muffins were perfect as an early morning breakfast with piping hot coffee! Thank you Miriam! Marlene

“Hi Marlene!

I baked these hearty lowfat muffins yesterday  It is an original recipe (I made it up myself). This recipe is designed to take advantage of fresh pumpkin in season.  It is a healthy on-the-go breakfast or school snack. Pop them in the freezer and warm them up on a cold winter morning! Miriam”

How to make your own Pumpkin Puree:

  •  1 4lb organic pumpkin

Heat oven to 350.  Poke a few holes in pumpkin with a knife.  Place on a parchment lined baking tray.  Bake until soft to touch, about 1 ½ to 2 hrs.  Remove from oven, Peel off loose skin, and put in colander to drain off excess moisture.  When cool, peel, slice open and remove stringy center.  Reserve seeds for roasting. Chop pulp into cubes and puree in food processor.

Low Fat Pumpkin Muffins:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup white whole wheat flour*
  • 2 heaping Tbs. ground flax seeds
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ tsp. each cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten.
  • 1 ¼ cup pumkin puree (or equivalent canned)

*a mild tasting wheat flour, available under the King Arthur or Trader Joe brands

Heat oven to 350.  Spray a 12 muffin tin with Pam.  In a mixing bowl combine flours, flax seeds, sugar, spices, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  In another bowl mix yogurt, eggs and pumpkin.  Combine wet and dry ingredients and pour evenly into muffin tin.  Bake for about 18 minutes or until top of muffin springs back when touched.

Parve Pumpkin Banana variation:  Omit greek yogurt. Use ¾ cup sugar instead of 1 cup.  Use 1 cup of pumpkin puree instead of 1 ¼ cup.  Add 1 thoroughly mashed overripe banana to wet ingredients.

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Cheesy Mini Spinach Tarts

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Cheesy Mini Spinach Tarts

1 Comment 09 May 2013

ask the teenagers to help

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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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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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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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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Italian Plum Torte  – A  Rosh Hashanah “New Fruit” Dessert

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Italian Plum Torte – A Rosh Hashanah “New Fruit” Dessert

10 Comments 26 January 2013

Italian prune plums are in season this month, and are a juicy “new” fruit for the Rosh Hashanah new year. They look like an extra large purple olive. In the 80′s, The New York Times printed this Italian plum recipe, and its been in my mother in law’s Rosh Hashanah recipe archive ever since. Its a moist cake recipe that can be made two weeks in advance and frozen with plastic wrap. When you pull it out of the freezer and warm it up, it will taste oven fresh.

This dessert is easy to make and gorgeous on your breakfast or Rosh Hashanah dessert table.

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup margarine (we use Earth Balance these days)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 12 Italian prune plums
  • Sugar & lemon juice – for topping
  • Teaspoon of cinnamon

Oven – 350 degrees

  1. Cream the sugar & margarine in bowl
  2. Add flour , baking powder, salt & eggs
  3. Beat well
  4. Spoon the batter into 8-10 inch spring form
  5. Split and pit the plums and place the halves on top of batter – skin side up
  6. Sprinkle lightly with sugar and lemon juice and cinammon.
  7. Bake about 1 hour
  8. Remove and cool
  9. Refrigerate or freeze if desired.
  10. Serve plain or with whipped cream, dust with confectioner’s sugar.

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Baked Lower-Fat Soufganiyot-Hanukah Apricot Jelly Doughnuts

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Baked Lower-Fat Soufganiyot-Hanukah Apricot Jelly Doughnuts

5 Comments 03 December 2012

by Joan Nathan

We scoured the ‘net for a lowfat soufganiyot recipe for our calorie conscious Jewish Hostesses and we found Joan Nathan’s great recipe

to share. I wasnt sure if my kids would love the apricot filling so I bought caramel and custard filling from Kitchen Caboodles on Avenue P in Brooklyn.

Enjoy!

Baked Soufganiyot–Low Fat Israeli Hanukkah Jelly Doughnuts

This recipe serves:  24

  • 1 package dry yeast (1 scant tablespoon)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 3 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (approximately)
  • 1 cup lukewarm skim milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • pinch of salt
  • grated zest of one lemon
  • 3 tablespoons reduced fat butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup apricot jam  or caramel, chocolate, or custard filling.
  • confectioner’s or granulated sugar for rolling

1. Dissolve the yeast and 1 tablespoon of the sugar in the water.

2. Put the flour in the bowl of a food processor equipped with a steel blade. Add the dissolved yeast, milk, egg, egg yolk, salt, lemon zest and the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Process until blended. Add the butter and process until the dough becomes sticky yet elastic.

3. Remove the dough to a bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place for at least an hour. If you want to prepare the dough in advance, place it in the refrigerator overnight, then let it warm to room temperature before rolling and cutting.

4. Grease 2 cookie sheets. Dust a pastry board with flour. Roll the dough out to a 1/2-inch thickness. Using the top of a glass as a cutter, cut into rounds about 2-inches in diameter and roll these into balls. Place the balls about 1 to 1 1/2-inches apart on the greased cookie sheets. Cover and let rise 30 minutes more.

5. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Bake the doughnuts for 12 to 15 minutes or until they’re golden. Remove from the oven and let cool.

6. Soften the jam in a food processor. Using an injector, insert a teaspoon of jam into each doughnut. Roll the soufganiyot in confectioner’s or granulated sugar and serve immediately.

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Allegra’s Perfect Hanuka Sugar Cookie Dough Recipe

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Allegra’s Perfect Hanuka Sugar Cookie Dough Recipe

7 Comments 02 December 2012

My sister in law Allegra is famous for her Hanuka and Purim parties. She puts extra special effort into making these holidays exciting for all her kids, nieces, nephews, and all of the extra guests that seem to find their way into her home. This is her favorite sugar cookie recipe. It tastes best when rolled out very thin and topped with fun sprinkles, frostings, chocolate chips, or whatever sugary toppings that you can concoct with your kids. Don’t forget to buy your Hanuka cookie cutter shapes!
Hanukkah Cookie Cutters – Set of 6- from Amazon

“This recipe comes out best when you refrigerate the dough for at least half an hour before shaping. Also don’t be afraid to add flour to your work surface and even to the dough and rolling pin-It really helps! Enjoy! ”

Recipe:

2 c sugar
1 1/2 c margarine
4 eggs
2 tsp Baking powder
5 c flour

Combine in order
Bake 350 approx 10-12 min

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DIY Glittered Doughnuts for Kids on Hanuka

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DIY Glittered Doughnuts for Kids on Hanuka

No Comments 01 December 2012

This great post was sent in by Amy Oren of Blowoutparty.com

“Here’s a fun way to decorate doughnuts for Hanukkah- glitter them! I did this with my kids tonight and they had SO much fun with this!”

  • Step 1: Frost the doughnut and let it set for a few minutes. Then lightly press a dreidel shape cookie cutter in the center of the doughnut.

  • Step 2: Using a funnel, slowly pour colored sugar crystals into the cookie cutter. Don’t overfill, as this will cause the crystals to leak out of shape when you remove the cookie cutter.

  • Step 3: Leave the cookie cutter in the frosting for a minute, this will help the sugar stay in place.

  • Step 4: Slowly remove the cookie cutter.

Here’s the doughnut recipe I used. It was sooo easy to make, and they came out unreal!

Doughnuts

  • Ingredients
  • 2 (.25 ounce) envelopes active dry yeast
  • 1 3/4 cups warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying

Directions

  1. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water, and let stand for 5 minutes, or until foamy.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the yeast mixture, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening, and 2 cups of the flour. Mix for a few minutes at low speed, or stirring with a wooden spoon. Beat in remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl. Knead for about 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Place the dough into a greased bowl, and cover. Set in a warm place to rise until double. Dough is ready if you touch it, and the indention remains.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and gently roll out to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with a floured doughnut cutter. Let doughnuts sit out to rise again until double. Cover loosely with a cloth.
  4. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large heavy skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Drop the doughnuts into the hot oil. Turn doughnuts over as they rise to the surface. Fry doughnuts on each side until golden brown. Remove from the oil, and drain on a wire rack.
  5. Inject with your favorite filling, and top with your favorite frosting.   I just used confectioner’s sugar mixed with a little water for the icing. Easy and my kids love it.
  6. Check out my blog, Blowout Party!, for incredible party inspiration and tutorials, and my store BlowoutParty.com for fabulous party favors and accessories!

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Butternut Squash and Leek Latkes with Pan-Roasted Cumin

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Butternut Squash and Leek Latkes with Pan-Roasted Cumin

No Comments 28 October 2012

We are always on the lookout for a new twist on tradition. If you want  to revive your Hanuka dinner menu, then this recipe is a great one to try!

Photo and recipe printed with permission by Viviane Bauquet Farre

Food & Style http://foodandstyle.com/ )

makes 36 medium latkes

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cumin seeds
  • 12 oz  butternut squash – peeled, seeded and coarsely grated (use medium hand-grater or food processor shredder attachment) (2 3/4 cups)
  • 1 medium leek – white and light green parts only, halved, thoroughly washed and cut crosswise in 1/4” slices (1 1/4 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons unbleached all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 large eggs – lightly beaten
  • olive oil for the pan
  • cilantro leaves as garnish
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

Step 1: Heat a small, heavy-bottomed frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the cumin seeds and cook until they turn dark-brown and are fragrant — about 2 minutes — shaking the pan constantly and taking care not to burn the seeds. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.

Step 2: Place the butternut squash and leek in a medium bowl. Sprinkle with the cumin seeds, flour, salt and pepper. Toss well. Add the eggs and stir until well blended.

Step 3: Heat a large heavy-bottomed frying pan over medium-high heat. Add enough oil to generously cover the pan. Using a dessert spoon, drop two teaspoons’ worth of batter into the hot oil for each latke. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes until golden-brown. Flip the latkes and sauté for another 2 minutes until golden-brown. (You may have to lower the heat as the pan gets hot: the latkes shouldn’t turn brown too fast and the oil should never come to smoking point.) Transfer to a platter lined with a paper towel. Repeat until the butternut squash mixture has all been used up, adding more oil to the pan as necessary.

Cook’s note: The latkes can be prepared up to 2 hours ahead and kept at room temperature. To re-heat, place on a jellyroll pan and warm in a 400°F preheated oven for 6 to 7 minutes until sizzling and proceed with step 4.

Step 4: Place the latkes on a platter. Spoon a dollop of sour cream on top of each latke. Garnish with a cilantro leaf and serve immediately.


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My Secret Biscotti Dessert Recipe

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My Secret Biscotti Dessert Recipe

3 Comments 12 September 2012

I cannot reveal the source of this great biscotti recipe, because it was given to me years ago by a wonderful woman who wouldn’t want her name announced on the world wide web. Suffice it to say that this recipe comes from the heart of a very special person that came into my life for a very short while. This woman arrived at my doorstep with a basket of chocolate chip AND chocolate – chocolate-chip biscotti PLUS the recipe printed out, PLUS a brand new serrated knife that I should use when making this her crunchy treats. Just as she share her recipe with me, I’m so happy in turn, to share it with you.

Enjoy!!! Marlene

Recipe for Secret Biscotti

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of flour
  • (for a double chocolate flavor- use 1 1/2 cups of flour, and 1/2 cup of cocoa instead of 2 cups of flour)
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 package of chocolate chips (not artificially flavored chips!!)
  • optional- add whole or sliced almonds. (whole almonds make the biscotti harder to slice)

Mix all wet ingredients in a kitchen aid.

Mix in dry ingredients.

Spoon and shape onto sprayed parchment paper into 2 long logs.

Sprinkle cinnamon on top.

Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees or until top is not doughy.

Take out of the oven, cook on a rack.

Remove the logs with a spatula and place on a cutting board. (These will break easily so use special care!)

With a long, sharp, serrated knife, slice diagonally for long pretty biscotti make sure to push down gently yet firmly so the slices don’t crack.

Place sliced biscotti back on the baking tray and place in the oven at 325 degrees for an additional 15 minutes.

Bake for an extra 5 or 10 minutes if you like them really crunchy.

Happy Holidays!

 

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Whole Wheat Honey Challah- Plus a 6 Braid Challah How-to Video

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Whole Wheat Honey Challah- Plus a 6 Braid Challah How-to Video

4 Comments 25 August 2012

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Challah is truly a labor of love that I had the opportunity to experience when I told myself that if I actually ever won a Bosch mixer at a Chinese Auction, I would attempt this grand feat. Miraculously I did win, and I’ve been making my own ever since. I’m so glad that I found this video of Hadassah Sabo Milner braiding a six strand challah which really comes out so much prettier than the traditional three braided challah. This video wins every other one on the ‘net- I watched them all and picked the best one for us all to share. Thanks Hadassah!

There is really nothing better than the feeling of actually making your own dough, watching it rise, punching it down, braiding, brushing egg on top, separating some dough for the prayer, saying the hafrashat challah prayer, baking,cooling, warming it  before kiddush,  setting the challah on the table with a challah cover, saying hamotzie, dipping in salt (or sugar on the Rosh Hashanah table) and finally  watching the head of the rip off pieces (Syrian tradition) and throwing them in age order to each family member to FINALLY watch everyone gobble it  up. (WHEW!)

I’ve been making this Whole Wheat Honey Challah with  Zaatar  lately from the Magen David Yeshivah Chef At Home cookbook.

Contact Yvonne if you would like to purchase one. Perfect hostess gift for the upcoming Jewish holidays! The gourmet kosher cookbook also has some great recipes for your Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot menus!

Magen David Yeshivah's Brand New Gourmet Cookbook

Whole Wheat Honey Challah Ingredients:

  •  2 strips of yeast
  • 4 cups of warm water
  • 1 cup plus 1 tbsp sugar, divided
  • 3 heaping tbsp coarse salt
  • 8 cups white flour
  • 8 cups whole wheat flour (note- I believe that the MDY cookbook has a misprint here- the book says 4 cups)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup cold pressed safflower oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • grease for the bowl
  • egg white to brush
  • sesame seeds, zaatar or everything spice for topping
  1. Mix yeast with warm water ( first mix the 2 cups of boiling water with 2 cups of ice cold water in the bowl, then add 1 tablespoon of sugar and then yeast)
  2. In a Kitchen Aid combine 1 cup sugar, salt, flours, eggs, honey, and oil. Mix and then add yeast mixture for 10- 12 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a large greased bowl and cover. Set aside for an hour.
  4. Remove dough and braid in 3 or braid a 6 braid challah for a prettier and more evenly cooked challah. If you family likes a doughier challah then stick with the 3 braid.
  5.  If you are adding raisins for Rosh Hashanah then rollout your braids in a long, flat shape, add raisins and  then roll into a log. Soaking the raisins in warm water first helps to make them softer and fluffier.
    photo from chabad.org
  6. Brush challah with egg white, add topping.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven for 10 minutes, turn the tray or switch racks for another 10 minutes.
    Variation: Braided Round Challah:An easy way to make nice, round, braided challahs  for Rosh Hashanah is by taking three long strands and braiding them into a very long braid shaped log.After this has been braided, carefully tie it up as if you are making one large knot out of it, and leave it to rise.Related articles
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Triple Chocolate Espresso Cookies By Susan T. Lindau

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Triple Chocolate Espresso Cookies By Susan T. Lindau

No Comments 15 August 2012

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Thank you Susan for sending in this chocolate lover’s dream cookie! Looks yummy and easy to whip up! 

“Hi Marlene,

Enjoy these killer cookies that do a lot to help the “medicine go down”.  I have friends who come to my house for a meal because these cookies will be served.

I have also provided these cookies on the last day of the semester so even if the class has required blood, sweat & tears, my students are

rewarded at the end for hanging in (I teach at USC in Los Angeles)”. Susan T Lindau

 Triple Chocolate Espresso Cookies

  • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 bag semisweet chocolate chips,
  •  4 eggs divided
  • 2 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
  •   1 ½  cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  •  1 ½  tbs espresso powder
  • 1/2 tsp bkng powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2  tsp salt
  •  1/2 c. toasted walnuts

1.         Melt unsweetened chocolate, 1/2 c chocolate chips, and the semisweet chopped chocolate with the butter in a pan placed over simmering water.

2.         Sift together flour, baking powder, salt (or mix together with a whisk).

3.         Combine eggs, sugar, espresso powder, vanilla.  Fold in the cooled chocolate mixture.

4.         Fold in flour mixture  & nuts

5.         Chill for at least 1 hour do not chill overnight (becomes too hard to handle).

6.         Preheat oven to 400 degrees

7.         On buttered & floured cookie sheet or parchment paper lined cookie sheet, place rounded tablespoons of dough.

8.         Bake 7 – 10 minutes.  Carefully remove parchment paper to cooling rack, when cool enough to handle, using a spatula, remove from paper and allow to cool completely before packing in airtight plastic bags for freezing.  Or serve NOW!!  These cookies a great cold – do not store in the refrigerator – they will dry out.

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Warm Shephard’s Pie for a Cold Winter’s Night

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Warm Shephard’s Pie for a Cold Winter’s Night

5 Comments 13 November 2011

by Esther Mosseri

” Hi Marlene, this easy kosher Shepherd’s pie recipe is a great warm winter dish . All you need is a salad, and you have a complete meal!”

For more inspiration, check out the quick video above by Gordon Ramsay. Notice how he doesn’t measure, but adds a few more ingredients for extra flavor .Of course delete his cheese addition (!!!), but use the video as a reference for endless Shephard’s pie possibilities!

For an elegant look, serve in white ramekins lined up on a tray.

  • 1 lb chop meat (or ground turkey)
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 4 servings of mashed potato flakes prepared according to box
  • allspice
  • cinnamon
  • paprika
  • salt and pepper

Directions for this Kosher Recipe

  1. saute the onions in a little oil until soft sprinkle with salt and pepper
  2. take out half and combine with potato mixture
  3. put chop meat in pan with onions and brown sprinkle with some allspice and a drop of cinnamon and salt and pepper
  4. the start layering in a sprayed pyrex, first with half of the potato mixture, then all of the meat then remaining potaotes
  5. sprinkle top with paprika and bake in 375 degree oven for 45 min uncovered
  6. Check out this meatless version HERE.
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Gourmet Challah Recipe with Eucalyptus and Wild Flowers Honey From Israel

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Gourmet Challah Recipe with Eucalyptus and Wild Flowers Honey From Israel

No Comments 23 October 2011

This year, I sent all of my Jewish Holiday Hostess Gifts from Negev Nectars. Negev Nectars helps subsidize Israeli farmers by promoting their delicious olive oils, jams, chutneys, Israeli tea, Sweet and Savory Spreads, and more. Packaged beautifully, there  are several price ranges for every type of holiday gift that you’d like to send. My family  especially loved the Cherry Tomato Spread, the Yellow pepper and Lemon Salsa, and the Green Olive Tapenade. Try them all!!!! Marlene

 Two Honey (from Negev Nectars) Challah Recipe

(challah recipe for 3 small loaves)


Negev Nectars Honey

  • 2 packs of yeast
  • 2 cups of warm water
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • ½ cup Negev Nectars Eucalyptus Flower Honey
  • ½ cup Negev Nectars Wild Flowers Honey
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 cup light vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 7 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup mixed seeds: poppy, sesame, nigella, cumin seeds

 

How to Make This Honey Challah Recipe from Negev Nectars Honey:
  1. Pour the yeast into the warm water, and let soak for 10 minutes, until yeast is active.
  2. Add sugar, Eucalyptus Honey, salt and vegetable oil to yeast.
  3. Add 3 beaten eggs and 4 cups all purpose flour. Stir until smooth.
  4. Add 3 more cups of all purpose flour and 1 cup of whole wheat flour.
  5.  Stir until dough is soft.
  6.  Turn onto well-floured board/table. Knead until smooth (about 10 minutes). Put the dough into a greased bowl and allow rising for 1-2 hours.
  7.  Turn onto floured board again. Cut into 9 equal portions.
  8. Braid into 3 loaves. Place on greased pans.
  9. Glaze with remaining beaten egg, Wild Flower Honey, and seed mixture.
  10. Allow to rise for 1 hour.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes.
Negev Nectars gourmet kosher products hail from small-scale Israeli
farmers producing artisanal foods from a unique desert landscape.
All of our partners employ the most innovative and sustainable
agriculture techniques, bringing you foods and flavors otherwise
unavailable in the United States.
We spend our time continuing to search for the newest tastes of the
Negev with the mission to invest in expanding the growing capacity
of these small businesses, all the while supporting sustainable
agriculture in the process. For more information on our products and
partners, visit our website at www.negevnectars.com.
Negev Nectars foods are certified kosher.

 

 

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