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Apple cheese torte

Here is another one of our delicious cheesecakes that was featured at our Shavuot party! Thanks to our great baker- Nathalie! Enjoy 

Crust:

1/2 cup butter, softened 
1/3 cup sugar 
1 cup flour 

1/3 cup of your favorite jam 

Filling: 

1 package cream cheese 
1/4 cup sugar 
1 egg 
1 teaspoon vanilla 

Topping: 

3 cup sliced apples  
1/3 cup sugar 
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
1/2 cup sliced almonds 

Directions: 

Cream butter and sugar

Add flour and mix 
Press the crust dough into bottom of springform pan (or "quick" people: 2 8 in disposable pans) 
Spread jam on crust 
In a separate bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla and pour over jam. 
Combine apples, sugar, and cinnamon and place over cheese mixture 
Top with sliced almonds. 
Bake at 450 for 10 minutes. 
Bake at 400 for 1/2 hour 
Cool before removing from pan. 

Liquor marble cheese cake

This cake was polished when it was served at our annual Shavuot party.This cake is brought to us by Nathalie, thank you! 

Ingredients: 

2 packages wafer cookies (pretty ones) 
2 packages cream cheese, softened 
3/4 cup brown sugar 
1 package clear jello 
1/2 cup liquor 
1 cup whipped cream 
4 squares semi sweet chocolate, melted (can be replaced with choc. chips) 

Directions: 

Stand wafer cookies along the edges of spring form pan. 
In a bowl, mix cheese and sugar, set aside 
Mix jello and liquor in a small pot and let stand for 5 minutes 
Heat jello mixture over medium heat and warm.  
Add warm jello to cheese mixture  
Fold in whipped cream. 
Scoop out 1/2 mixture and put aside. 
Melt chocolate and allow cool. 
Add chocolate to 1/2 of the mixture 
Pour chocolate mixtures into pan 
Pour white mixture on top. 
Swirl with knife to marbelize. 
Refrigerate and eat!!!!

Marbled cheesecake

In honor of Shavuos, we had a display of delicious cheesecakes. Thanks goes to the kind ladies in the community, who helped prepare these delicacies. 

Ingredients: 
1/2 cup chocolate wafer crumbs or prepared pie crust
1 cup sugar 
1/4 cup flour 
1 tablespoon vanilla 
16 oz cream cheese 
1 cup sour cream 
4 eggs 
5 oz melted chocolate (choco chips, baking chocolate or milk chocolate bar) 

Directions: 
Crush the wafer until fine crumbs and place on the bottom of 8 in round pan or prepared crust (can use spring form pan) 
Mix sugar, flour, vanilla, cheese and cream  
Mix in eggs, one at a time 
Pour 3/4 batter into pan 
Mix chocolate in remaining batter 
Pour the chocolate batter in to the pan in circles and swirl with knife to get the marble look 
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes, until springs back to touch

Cookie cheesecake

On the holiday of Shavuot we have the custom of eating dairy foods (click here for more info on that). So, I present you with an all-time favorite of mine. You can prepare it at home, or just come over for the dairy party on Shavuot (May 20 2018) and taste it there. Happy Shavuot :) 

Crust: 

1 ¾ cup graham cracker, crushed  
1/3 cup margarine or butter
¼ cup Sugar 

Crumble together very well and press into a round pan. You can substitute with a ready-made pie crust

Filling: 
24 oz cream cheese 
1 cup Sugar 
3 eggs 
1 cup sour cream 
½ teaspoon vanilla  

Blend together very well and pour into prepared pie crust

Dough: 
¼ cup oil
¼ cup sugar 
¼ cup brown sugar 
1 tablespoon water 
1 teaspoon vanilla 
½ cup flour 
1 ½ cup chocolate chip

Mix together.
Form into small balls and randomly drop into the cheese batter. 
Bake at 350 for 45 min, or until golden 
Cool in the oven 
Garnish with slices of strawberries and a thin line of chocolate syrup

Mini fruit trifles and crunch

Mini Fruit trifles 

Bottom layer:
you can chose to do all or some. I like to use whats cheapest in the season. I will substitute with apples at times- though then it needs to prepared closer to eating time ;)

2 cans of pineapple tidbits (you can use the juice)
6 kiwis, cubed
2 pints strawberries, cut in to quarters
2 boxes blueberries

Sauce: 
Frozen Strawberries
1/2 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon vanilla 

Crunch: 
1 cup rice krispies
6 tablespoon oil

1/3 cup brown sugar 
Handful of chopped walnuts or almonds

Layer fruits in a plastic wine cup (or any clear glass...)

Put all sauce ingredients in food processor until smooth sauce- add juice if necessary. Set aside- can be made in advance and refrigerated  


The crunch can be prepared in advance and frozen: Put all crunch ingredients in food processor and crush on pulse- not to fine. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes (make sure it doesn't burn)
If freezing- allow to cool before bagging


When ready to serve- pour the sauce over the fruits
Sprinkle top with crunch (be generous as it is very delicious)

Chocolate & cookie pie

After I tasted this during one of the celebrations at my sister's wedding, I knew that I have to make this. Its now one of the favorites  at our Shabbat dinners. It freezes so well, and can be served frozen or room temp.

Ingredients: 

Prepared pie crust 

Fudge layer:
1 cup oil
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa  

Cookie layer
2 tablespoon oil
2 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoon sugar 
1 tablespoon soy milk
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup chocolate chips (mini works best)

Directions: 
In bowl, mix oil & sugar until combined
Mix in baking powder and eggs
Mix in flour & cocoa
Pour into pie crust
In the same bowl (don't need to wash)
Mix together the cookie ingredients
Evenly distribute the cookie dough over the pie, pushing in the dough as much as possible 
Bake at 350 for 40 minutes
Allow to cool

Salmon Teriyaki

This is a delicious and easy-to-make salmon. There is never a piece left at the end of the meal. I hope you enjoy:)

Ingredients:

1 lb salmon fillet
2 T sugar
2 T soy sauce
2 T white wine
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 t ground ginger (optional)

Directions: 

Combine all ingredients besides for the fish.
Pour over fish, cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to broil.
Remove salmon from marinade, reserving marinade.
Place fish on a broiling pan.
Broil 10 minutes per inch of thickness, basting with marinade halfway through cooking time, or until fish flakes when tested with a fork.

Marinated salmon

I love this recipe because it can be prepared in advance and doesn't require warming. ENJOY! 

Ingredients:

5 pieces of Salmon 
1 large onion sliced 
1 cup water 
1 cup vinegar 
1/2 cup sugar 
1 cup ketchup 
1 teaspoon salt 
1garlic clove
pickling spice 

Directions: 

In a pot, cover salmon with cold water. 
Bring to a boil and simmer for 7 minutes.
Allow salmon to cool
Place onion slices on bottom of glass dish. 
Place cooled salmon slices on onions. 
Mix together remaining ingredients and pour over salmon. 
Cover well and put in the refrigerator. 
Marinate for at least 6 hours and overnight for better taste.

Salmon Teriyaki 2

The best part of this recipe is that the dressing can be prepared in advance and the rest of the recipe is quick.  A great recipe for days when you have only 20 minutes and what will we eat??? (just prep the dressing in the beginning of the week... just in case :)

6 salmon fillets 
salt and pepper 
Oil

Place salmon in a baking pan. 
Season the salmon with salt and pepper and spray/smear with oil 
Bake at 450 for 15-20 minutes (DO NOT OVERBAKE)  
Meanwhile combine the following ingredients:

1 cup duck sauce (any sweet and sour/ plum sauce) 
1 tablespoon sesame oil 
1/4 cup soy sauce 
1 tablespoon honey

When the salmon is ready, glaze with sauce. 
Optional: sprinkle sesame seeds on top

Hamburgers

Spring is here at last, and we are all excited for the outdoors; barbecues, get- togethers and more. This recipe has been adapted from the "Spice and Spirit" cookbook, your one stop cookbook, for all your Kosher, traditional recipes and more.  
 

Ingredients:

2 lb ground meat 
3 eggs 
1/4 cup matza meal or bread crumbs 
1 teaspoon salt 
1 tablespoon chopped onion (or onion powder) 
2 tablespoon ketchup 
2 tablespoon mustard 
optional: 1/4 cup water

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. 
Pre-bake for 5 minutes and then place on grill.  
Or, broil until golden brown and slightly crisp. (15 minutes on one side and 5 on the other) 

Stuffed peppers

This is a fairly quick recipe, and the greatest thing about it, is that they are so pretty. They are great for a supper, and can be used to entertain as well. 

Ingredients:

3-4 colored peppers 

Filling 
1 lb ground meat 
1/2 cup raw rice 
1 egg 
2 big squirts of ketchup 
garlic powder 
black pepper 

Sauce 
2 cup tomato juice 
1 cup tomato sauce 
3/4 cup water 
5 tablespoon brown sugar 
  
Cut off the tops of the peppers (I like to keep them to put on top of filling) and clean the inside 
Combine all the filling ingredients and fill the peppers (leave a bit of space) 
Optional: place upright the tops back on the peppers 
Place in 4 qt pot and cover with sauce 
Cook for 1 1/2 hours

Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Meatballs is one of the favorites at our house, and I love it since it freezes amazing! I prepare this in larger quantities (15-20 lb) and freeze in supper sizes. Im giving you the smaller version but it doubles, triples, etc really easily. 

For those that asked this is from the Purim in the Palace menu ;)

Meatballs ingredients:

1 lb ground beef
1 egg
1/3 cup matza meal (breadcrumbs work also)
3/4 teaspoon each: salt, black pepper & oregano 
(optional: 1/2 onion grated- my kids don't like pieces in their meatballs so I skip it)

Sauce:
1 cup jellied cranberry sauce
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup ketchup (you can use tomato sauce for it all)
1-3 Tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions:

In a large bowl, mix meat ingredients and set aside. (If its too thick, add a bit water)
Mix sauce ingredients in a pot and cook  over low flame for 1/2 hour.
While sauce is cooking, form meat into balls
Stir it until its smooth (at times, Ill use the immersion blender to quicken it up)
Add meatballs into the sauce and simmer for 1 hour

Enjoy with spaghetti or rice

Simple Chicken

This recipe is for those days that your house is on empty (or almost) and you're in a rush...

Ingredients: 

4 pieces chicken
1/3 cup honey

3 tablespoon mustard
3 tablespoon soy sauce
(optional: bread crumbs or matza meal)

Directions:

Mix honey, mustard , and soy
Dip each piece of chicken into the mixture and put into baking pan.
(optional: sprinkle bread crumbs over the chicken)
Bake covered @ 350 for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Mouth-watering chicken

This recipe was the first chicken I tried out for my then-new husband and I passed the cooking test, it came out delicious. Since then, I have passed on the recipe countless times, and it is my pleasure to share it with you.

Ingredients:

4 chicken bottoms 
1 large onion, diced 
1/2 cup ketchup 
3/4 cup brown sugar 
1 tablespoon vinegar 
1 tablespoon soy sauce 
3 cloves garlic, crushed 
Paprika & black pepper to taste 

Directions:

Place onions on bottom of 9 x 13 pan 
Place chicken on top and sprinkle with paprika and pepper 
Bake for 20 minutes, uncovered 
Mix together remaining ingredients and pour over chicken 
Bake covered for 1 1/2 hours. 
Eat and pass recipe on :)

Sweet & sour chicken

This chicken comes out very soft and goes really well with a couscous or rice dish. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
4 pieces of chicken (its best to use thighs & legs), best without skin 
1 large onion diced 
paprika 
black pepper 

1/2 cup ketchup 
3/4 cup brown sugar 
1 teaspoon brown sugar 
1 tablespoon soy sauce 
3 cloves garlic, crushed 

Preheat oven to 350. 
Put onions on bottom of a 9 x 13 pan. 
Place the chicken on top of onions. 
Sprinkle pepper and paprika over chicken. 
Bake for 20 minutes uncovered. 

Mix the remaining ingredients together 
Pour over chicken. 
Bake covered for 1 1/2 hours. 
Serve over couscous of your choice.

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