Suggestions for the “Break Fast” Meal

After the twenty-four hour fast of Yom Kippur, it is customary to eat a dairy meal. Here are some of my favorite dishes for this special meal. You can find all the recipes on this website. Wishing all of you an easy fast and may all of you be written in the Book of Life”, “G’mar Chatimah Tovah”!  The List

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Apples and Honey Turnovers

Apples and Honey Turnovers

Apples and Honey Turnovers

Just in time for Rosh Hashanah, here is an extremely easy dessert that you can serve at your festive meal or for any holiday. The basic holiday ingredients are covered: apples and honey, so you know you will have a sweet New Year if you make these! They are pareve (neutral) so they can be served with all your festive meat dishes. Chag Sameach (Happy New Year)! The Recipe

Quick Chocolate Bubka (Sweet Bread/Cake)

Quick Chocolate Bubka

Quick Chocolate Bubka

Not exactly a summertime recipe but I couldn’t resist – this will be one that you will keep making and making! In the European Jewish tradition, Jewish Bubbies (grandmothers) have long been making Bubka, a sweet yeast bread/cake which usually has chocolate swirled around inside it. There has been much debate on whether Bubka is a bread or a cake. Whatever your position is or if you have never had it before, now is the time to sample some. Great for brunch or as a dessert, particularly delicious with a cup of coffee.  Now you will able to make it in a flash, thanks to some shortcuts. You can bring this as a gift when visiting friends or when invited for dinner. This version is especially fun to share at the table with others, just pull out the pieces and dunk (make sure you have extra chocolate glaze in a bowl for dunking). I put extra glaze in the middle of the plate so you can dunk as you take a piece!
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Simply Simple Cheesecake Bars

Simply Simple Cheesecake Bars

Simply Simple Cheesecake Bars

On the holiday of Shavuot, also known as the “Festival of Weeks” and “Festival of the First Fruits”, it is customary to eat dairy foods. Here is the perfect cheesecake recipe that is so simple, you can make it even at the last minute. I use a food processor which is a great time-saver. It’s perfect for entertaining and everyone will want seconds! Chag Sameach! (Have a wonderful holiday!)
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Coconut Pyramids

Coconut Pyramids

Coconut Pyramids

Just in time for Passover, Coconut Pyramids are easy and delicious treats that remind us of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt. These were originally introduced to me by a beloved family member when I visited her in England. She told me that she made them every Passover.  In order to recreate her recipe, I took my “Awesome Coconut Macaroons” and changed them into cute little pyramids!  These make a great Passover project with the kids, so have fun. They will also make a great dessert to bring to the Seder if you are a guest. Have a Happy Passover!
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“Stuffed Monkey” (not a real monkey!)

"Stuffed Monkey"

“Stuffed Monkey”

You might be a bit worried by the name of this dish, but it’s just a fun name for a dessert made by Jews in England. This recipe is a tribute to a beloved family member, Lilian, and is very much like the one she used to make.  It brings back fond memories of my visits when I would sit with her while she was making it, the conversation would be flowing and the flour would be flying all over the kithchen! The traditional Stuffed Monkey often has candied fruit as the filling. I have changed it to dried fruit and added a bit of orange and lemon zest. It is easy to make and everyone will have a giggle when you tell them its name! It is great to have with a cup of tea or coffee or just as a snack cake. It also freezes well. Have fun! Read on for the Recipe

Choco Nut Treats

Choco Nut Treats

Choco Nut Treats

Just in time for Purim, here is another treat you can put into your “Mishloach Manot” baskets. This is probably the easiest candy you can make and I guarantee you will not have any left in your house if your family discovers it! I make it for holidays, to cheer someone up, or to put in a care package. The sky is the limit! Have a happy Purim, “Chag Purim Sameach”.
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