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Jewish Recipes

Matzah Cake

8 Matzah 2 tsp. Coffee mixed with 1 cup hot water 2 sticks soft butter or margarine ½ cup sugar 4 oz. Ground cooking chocolate 1-2 liqueur Break the Massah into small pieces (1 inch square approx.) And pour the hot coffee over it. Mix well.Cream the soft butter/margarine together with the sugar, the ground chocolate and the liqueur. When all ingredients are well mixed, combine them with the Massah and transfer into a square dish. Decorate with 2-3 tbsp. ground chocolate and 2 tbsp. ground walnuts. Refrigerate overnight. Cut into diamond shaped pieces and serve.
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Matzah Ball Soup

Also known as Jewish penicillin. Matzah balls are more traditionally known as knaydelach (Yiddish for dumplings). Matzah ball soup is generally a very thin chicken broth with two or three ping-pong-ball sized matzah balls (or sometimes one very large matzah ball) in it. Sometimes, a few large pieces of carrot or celery are added. Matzah balls can be very soft and light or firm and heavy. A friend of mine describes the two types as "floaters and sinkers." Matzah ball soup is commonly served at the Passover seder, but is also eaten all year round. Below is my recipe for…
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Chocolate Espresso Torte for Passover

Preheat oven to 325. Grease 9" springform pan. Place wax paper on bottom of pan. Grease and flour (use Passover cake meal to dust the pan); set aside. 1 cup butter or margarine 1 cup sugar + 1 Tbsp. sugar 1 cup espresso + 2 Tbsp. espresso 16 oz. semisweet chocolate (large package) 6 eggs, plus 6 egg yolks confectioner's sugar (garnish) Place butter, sugar and espresso in the top of a double boiler and heat until sugar dissolves. Pour hot liquid over chocolate and stir until dissolved; set aside. Beat eggs and yolks until frothy; add to the chocolate…
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Sufganiyot - Chanukah Doughnuts

3 cups all-purpose flour2 packages dry yeast1 cup warm water1 tablespoon sugar1/4 pound margerine or butter5 tablespoons sugardash salt2 eggs lightly beatenDissolve 1 Tablespoon sugar in water and add yeast. Heat the the margerine or butter, 5 Tablespoons sugar, and salt in a small pan. When cooled to lukewarm, pour into bowl and add beaten eggs and proofed yeast mixture. Stir to mix.Add flour and make into a dough. Place in greased bowl and allow dough to rise in a warm, moist place for about a half hour. Lightly roll out dough, enough that it can be cut easily but…
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Cheese Blintzes

Batter 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup water 4 eggs 1 cup flour 1/4 cup sugar 1 package vanilla sugar Pinch of salt 1 Tbsp. oil Cheez filling1/2 pound farmer cheese 4 ounces cream cheese 4 Tbsps. honey or maple syrup juice of 1/2 lemon 1 egg yolk Batter: In a large mixer bowl combine eggs, milk, water and blend well. Gradually add flour, then both sugars, salt and oil. Beat well until there are no lumps in the batter. Filling: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and beat well until smooth. 1. Prepare batter and filling. Apply a thin coating…
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Potato Latkes

Ingedients:8 large potatoes grated in a food processor1 onion grated in a food processor1 cup flour3 eggssalt and pepperVegetable oil for fryingsalt and pepper to tasteGrate the potatoes in a food processor with the onion using the thin grating blade. Add to them to the flour, eggs, salt and pepper.Form small patties with both hands without ever squeezing, and lower them into a hot oil , fry until golden, about 3 minutes on each side.Remove and drain on paper towels.Variations:Vegetable latkes: Replace the potatoes with a mixture of zucchini, carrots and parsnips. Add seasonings of your choice such as oregano,…
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Kreplach

Kreplach can be boiled and served in soup or fried and served as a side dish. Dough:1 ¾ cups flour2 eggs½ tsp. Salt3 Tbsp. OilIn a bowl combine dough ingredients together. Roll out thin on floured board. Cut into 3-inch squares or circles.Place a teaspoon of filling carefully in center. Lift the sidesover the filling and press edges together.Boiling: Place in boiling salted water. Cook for 20 minutes until kreplach float to top.Saute: Heat oil over medium flame in 10-inch skillet. Saute boiled kreplach until golden brown on both sides.Filling:1 cup ground cooked beef or chicken1 small onion, grated1 tsp.…
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Apple Cake

 Cake: 3 eggs 3/4 cup sugar 1/3 cup oil 3/4 cup cake meal 5 apples, peeled & sliced (Granny Smiths are best) Topping: 1/3 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 cup sugar 2 tsp. cinnamon In a medium sized mixing bowl, beat the eggs with the sugar and oil until the mixture is light. Add the cake meal and mix well. Pour half of the mixture into a lightly greased 8 or 9 inch square baking pan. Distribute half the apples over the batter. Pour the remaining batter over the apples and cover with the remaining apples. Combine topping ingredients in a…
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Baklava

  1 lb. phyllo dough (Apollo preferred) 1 stick of sweet butter ½ lb. almonds or walnuts (or a combination of the two, or green pistachios) cinnamon cloves powdered sugar 2 cups sugar 1 cup water fresh lemon juice syrup: in a saucepan, bring to boil 2 cups of sugar, 1 cup of water, and juice from a squeezed fresh lemon. When it begins to thicken, turn off the stove and pour in rose water (optional). It gives a great aroma. In a bowl, mix the nuts with the spices and 1 tbsp. of powder sugar. In a rectangle pan,…
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