Kosher & Easy Chocolate Fudge Recipes for a Kosher Shavuot

Do you ever gaze at those displays of rich fudge at farmer’s markets and wish all of it was kosher? Do you fantasize about the plain chocolate fudge or the marshmallow or even the peanut butter flavors? Have you ever wondered how to make fudge yourself, or if it’s even a possibility? Shavuot is the perfect time to turn that fantasy into reality by making the fudge of your dreams in the privacy of your own kitchen. New and unique Shavuot recipes are always fun to introduce into your repertoire, and fudge is yet another dairy delight that helps you get in the spirit of the holiday. And one of the best things about this chocolate fudge recipe – other than the taste – is that it’s super easy. So indulge and enjoy.

Chocolate Fudge

Chocolate Fudge

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Not sure how to make fudge? Always wanted to try it for yourself? Try these easy chocolate fudge recipes with condensed milk.

18 ounces semisweet chocolate – either chips or coarsely chopped squares
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons vanilla

Line an 8-inch square pan with heavy-duty foil. Melt chocolate and sweetened condensed milk together – either in the microwave or in a small saucepan on top of the stove over low heat. Stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour in prepared pan and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Cut into squares.

Variations:
Walnut or Pecan: When you stir in the vanilla, also add a cup of chopped nuts.
Coconut: Along with the vanilla, stir in 1 cup toasted coconut.
Peanut Butter: Drop ½ cup peanut butter by teaspoonfuls on top of fudge and swirl with knife to marbleize.
Marshmallow: When you stir in the vanilla, add 2 cups miniature marshmallows.
Rocky Road: Same as above, only also add 1 cup chopped nuts.

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Israel’s Best Cheesecake

(using Israeli cheese products)

Submitted by GKC friend and reader Elana Bacon
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Elana claims that Israeli cheeses make the best Shavuot cheesecake. Try it and let us know if this is the best cheesecake recipe you’ve tried – but I wouldn’t be surprised if she was right.

GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST:
18 tea biscuits
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup (113 grams) melted butter
Or buy a graham cracker crust

CHEESECAKE:
2-1/2 cups Gvina Levana (any percentage you want but I use 5%) (White cheese in Israel) This is cream cheese for those of us who live in the U.S. See Elana’s notes and tips at the end of the recipe)
1 cup Shamenet (sour cream)
1/2 cup dairy whipping cream (NOT whipped)(aka Katzefet)
2 teaspoons vanilla
Juice of 1 lemon (you can also use about 2-3 tablespoon bottled lemon juice depending on taste)
2 tablespoons flour
1-1/8 cup sugar
2 whole eggs plus 1 egg white

TOPPING (OPTIONAL):
1 cup Shamenet
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon sugar
Cookie crumbs for crumbling on top (optional)

Topping:
Mix in a medium bowl until well combined.

FOR CRUST:
Mix all ingredients for the crust together and press into a spring form pan or in 3 long skinny rectangular aluminum pans.

FOR CHEESECAKE:
Preheat oven to 180 Celsius (or 350 F).
Mix all together in a big bowl until everything is mixed well.
Pour into greased pan/pans. At this point you can swirl in some blueberry pie filling, add chocolate chips or whatever your cravings desire.
Place into a bigger roasting pan (or 9×13 pan) to cook in a water bath.
Place on oven rack and slowly pour boiling water into the outer pan until it comes halfway up the sides of the cheesecake pan. Bake for about 45 minutes or until the center is only slightly loose but most of the cake is set.
Take it out and pour on the optional topping and bake another 10 minutes.
Cool completely then place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.

ENJOY!

Other Tips/Notes:
Growing up in NY I know good cheesecake and coming to Israel to find out that the cream cheese here isn’t quite the American cream cheese, it was so hard to find a good old New York style cheesecake…until I found this recipe!!! I know this recipe may not help all those living in the states (since they don’t really need the help in the first place) but to all those readers in Israel, here is a good cheesecake recipe that is as close to a New York style cheesecake that I have found. Feel free to add any additions of pie fillings/chocolate/caramel or to add any topping. I personally like it best good and plain!!!

Notes on Gvina Levana, Israel’s version of cream cheese:
In Israel Gvina Levana is the Israeli version of cream cheese. It’s basically the same texture as thick yogurt instead of the harder brick like Americans are used to. It comes in the same type of container as the cottage cheese. Literally translated its white cheese. It comes in a variety of fat percentages too- there’s 0.5%, 3%, 5% or 9%. There may be more as well but those are the ones I’m familiar with. I generally use the 5% but to each their own…

Enjoy.
P.S. As a side note if anyone wants American style cream cheese here in Israel for their bagels or matzo or whatever all they have to do is take a container of Shamenet (sour cream) mix about 1 tsp of salt in and place it in a cloth/cheese cloth/dishtowel hanging over a container to drain overnight in the refrigerator (I do this by taking the extra material and rubber banding it over the side of a cylinder container) in the morning (or about 8-10 hours later) take the cream cheese out of the cloth and place in a smaller container and discard the liquid. At this point any additions can be added- chives, lox bits, garlic etc.

For all those who don’t eat Chalav Yisrael in Israel- they do sell Philadelphia cream cheese at a bunch of stores throughout Jerusalem.

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Fudgy Chocolate Cookies

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These fudge chocolate cookies are non dairy but so are some of your other Shavuot recipes. And they’re so good…

4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
¼ cup margarine
½ cup flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
4 eggs
1-1/3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups toasted coarsely chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a microwave melt ½ the chocolate chips, the unsweetened chocolate and the margarine. Stir until smooth and cool slightly. Cream together eggs, sugar and vanilla. Beat in melted chocolate. Add flour and baking powder and mix well. Stir in remaining 2 cups chocolate chips and the walnuts. Drop by the ¼ cup onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes – until surface is no longer shiny. Cool on cookie sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to finish cooling.

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White Chocolate Fruit Tart

This white chocolate fruit tart recipe is sweet and tangy.

Crust:
¾ cup butter, softened
½ cup powdered sugar
1-1/2 cups flour

Filling:
2 cups white chocolate chips, melted and cooled slightly
¼ cup pareve whip
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (20-ounce) can pineapple tidbits
1 pint strawberries, sliced
1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
2 kiwi, peeled and sliced

Glaze:
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
½ teaspoon lemon juice
½ cup pineapple juice

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cream together butter and powdered sugar until fluffy. On low speed, beat in flour until well combined. Press into bottom and up sides of an ungreased 11-inch tart pan. Place pan on baking sheet and bake for about 25 minutes – until lightly browned. Remove from baking sheet and cool on wire rack.

For filling, beat together the melted white chocolate chips and the pareve whip. Add cream cheese and continue beating until smooth. Spread over cooled crust. Refrigerate for ½ hour. Drain the pineapple, reserving ½ cup juice for glaze. Arrange pineapple, strawberries, mandarin oranges and kiwis decoratively over filling.

For glaze, combine sugar and cornstarch in a small sauce pan. Stir in lemon juice and reserve pineapple juice until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat and stir for 2 minutes until thickened. Cool and brush over fruit. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

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Easy Dessert For Kids

This is a super easy dessert recipe to make and is in the dairy spirit of Shavuot recipes. But I promise you it won’t only be the kids eating it.

24 ice cream sandwiches
2 (8-ounce) containers frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
¼ cup chopped walnuts
Caramel sauce

Cover the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with ice cream sandwiches. Spread with 8 ounces (1 container’s worth) of whipped topping. Add another layer of sandwiches and the rest of the whipped topping. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips and walnuts and drizzle with caramel sauce. Cover and freeze for at least 2 hours. Cut into bars while frozen (this and the eating are the only adult part of this job!)

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Bundt Dulce De Leche Cake

photo by Isabelle Boucher

Dulce de Leche is a scrumptious dairy treat. It is basically like a creamy caramel sauce and can be eaten out of the jar – it’s that good. I use it often in Shavuot recipes or as an extra treat for Shalosh Seudas on long Shabbos days in the summer. This Dulce de Leche cake is a great way to use it.

1-½ cups sugar
12 tablespoons butter
4 eggs
2 cups flour
1-½ teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of salt
2 cups dulce de leche, at room temperature, separated
1 cup whipped pareve cream for topping or garnish

Preheat oven to 325. Grease and flour a Bundt pan. Using a standing mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together. Alternating with the dry ingredients, add 1 cup of the dulce de leche to the butter mixture, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.

Pour the batter into prepared pan and bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the cake comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes and then unmold.

Warm the second cup of dulce de leche. Drizzle it over the Bundt cake. Serve with pareve whipped cream.

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Caramel Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

This cream pie recipe is better than banana cream pie or caramel cream pie alone; it’s got both! Shavuot recipes don’t get any better than this.

1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 cups whole milk
Yolks of 3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 ounces semisweet baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 chocolate cookie crust
2 large, ripe bananas
Topping
1 cup whipping cream
1/3 cup caramel sauce or dulce de leche

Garnish:
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons toffee crunch chocolate, crumbled (like Viennese crunch)

Whisk sugar and cornstarch in a medium saucepan to blend. Gradually whisk in milk, and then egg yolks. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low and, stirring gently, cook 2 minutes to cook yolks. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Add chocolate and let stand 1 minute to melt, then whisk until blended. Refrigerate 15 minutes until slightly cooled.

Spread 1/3 cup chocolate custard over bottom of crust. Peel and thinly slice bananas; arrange over custard. Spread with remaining custard. Place plastic wrap directly on surface and refrigerate at least 5 hours or up to 1 day.

Up to 3 hours before serving: Beat whipped cream until stiff peaks form. Add the caramel and combine completely.

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Mascarpone Semifreddo with Cherry Wine Sauce

This Semifreddo recipe is very easy to put together, and the cherry wine sauce adds an elegant touch. Add it to your Shavuot recipes!

For the Cherry Sauce:
1 cup port wine
1/3 cup sugar
¾ cup dried cherries or dried strawberries or raspberries

For the semifreddo
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon mascarpone cheese
¾ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
Pinch of kosher salt
1-½ ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
8 store-bought chocolate wafer cookies

For the sauce:
Bring the port and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan. Boil until reduced by 1/3, about 5 minutes. Stir in cherries. Simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Let stand, covered about 10 minutes. Refrigerate until thick, about 40 minutes.

For the semifreddo:
Whisk mascarpone, cream, confectioners’ sugar, and a pink of salt until medium-stiff peaks form. Fold in chocolate. Spread mixture into a 5 x 9 inch oaf pan. Cover with plastic wrap, placing the plastic wrap directly on the semifreddo and tucking it in to the edges of the dish. Freeze until edges begin to harden, at least 50 minutes. Scoop into dishes and spoon the wine sauce over. Top with crumbled chocolate wafer cookies or gently place one in the side of each dish.

** This keeps in the freezer for two weeks. Take it out to let it soften a little before serving. It should be cold and the texture of a soft creamy ice cream.

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Key Lime Meringue Pie

This key lime meringue pie recipe is a delicious alternative to the traditional key lime pie. If you prefer a traditional key lime pie, use the alternative lime whipped topping. Both finishes are delicious and sweet in contract to the lime filling. Everyone should have key lime pie in their Shavuot recipes box!

Crust:
5 tablespoons butter, melted
1-1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup slivered almonds

Filling:
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup Key lime juice or lime juice
2 teaspoons grated lime zest, separated
2 eggs, separated
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 cup sugar

Alternative topping:
2 cups whipping cream
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Garnish:
Lime zest
Thinly sliced lime

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

For the crust, combine ingredients and pat down into a 9-inch pie pan. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes or until golden.

In a medium bowl, combine the milk, lime juice, and 1 teaspoon zest. Blend in the egg yolks. Pour the filling into the crust. Bake for 15 minutes or until just set. Cool and refrigerate.

For the meringue, beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the sugar and remaining teaspoon zest until the mixture is stiff. Spread the meringue over the filling; spread it to touch the edge of the crust all around. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the meringue is lightly cooked. Sprinkle with more lime zest and serve each piece with a sliced lime.

Alternatively, whip 2 cups whipping cream. When soft peaks form, slowly add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Once whipped, fold in the vanilla extract and the lime zest. Top the pie with whipped topping and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Malted Chocolate Cheesecake

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This chocolate cheesecake recipe is a yummy Shavuot cheesecake. Its a bit unique, but still traditional enough to satisfy the classic cheesecake lovers.

Crust:
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
¼ cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted

Filling:
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
¾ cup chocolate malt powder
4 eggs
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup Whoppers (malted milk balls) for garnish

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter and press into bottom of a 9-inch spring form pan. Set aside.

Cream together cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk until smooth. On low speed, beat in the malt powder and then the eggs, one at a time. Stir in the melted chocolate and vanilla and pour on top of prepared crust. Bake for about 1 hour. Cool on wire rack for about 10 minutes. Run knife around edge of pan to loosen. Finish cooling and sprinkle top with malted milk balls, if using. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Remove sides before serving.

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Chocolate-Glazed Shortbread

I always ignore shortbread recipes because of the butter in them (not to mention the calories!) but Shavuot is the perfect time to indulge! Here’s a delicious and easy shortbread recipe for your to try this year.

Shortbread:
½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1-1/3 cups flour
4-1/2 tablespoons superfine sugar

Topping:
½ cup (1 stick) butter
4-1/2 tablespoons superfine sugar
2 tablespoons corn syrup
¼ teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk

Glaze:
7 ounces semisweet chocolate

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Stir in flour and press into 9-inch square baking dish. Bake for about 20 minutes- until golden brown. Cool on rack.

For topping, combine butter, sugar, corn syrup and condensed milk in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat slightly and simmer for 5 minutes, still stirring. Stir in vanilla and pour over shortbread. Cool for at least 1 hour.

For glaze, melt chocolate in saucepan over low heat or in microwave. Pour over shortbread and spread evenly. Cool until set. Cut into bars.

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Cookie Dough Truffles

Not sure how to make truffles? No worries – this truffles recipe is simple enough, and tastes incredible.

Makes 5 dozen
2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup semisweet mini chocolate morsels
1 cup finely chopped pecans or other nut
12 ounces chocolate, melted
1 tablespoon corn syrup

In a large bowl cream butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy. Add vanilla. Gradually beat in flour and add milk. Add chocolate morsels and pecans, mixing well. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place on waxed paper; chill 2 hours. Note* The dough is sticky so coat your hands in flour to help them roll into smooth balls.

Melt chocolate in a double boiler, slowly. Do not overheat the chocolate while melting or it will burn and clump together. Add the corn syrup and mix well. Using 2 forks, dip cookie balls into the chocolate coating to cover. Place on waxed paper and chill to set. Store in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

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White House Cheesecake

They may not know about Shavuot but the White House pastry chef, Bill Yosses, does make a marvelous cheesecake, or so the Obamas say. Supposedly, this cheesecake recipe has been passed down from chef to chef and has been served since the Eisenhowers lived in the White House. The perfect American Shavuot recipe – kosher cheesecake at its patriotic best!

For the crust:
1 stick butter, melted, plus extra for greasing the pan
6 ounces chocolate wafer cookies
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons flour

For the filling:
12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
6 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons honey
½ cup sour cream, at room temperature
¼ cup heavy cream, at room temperature
2 eggs, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Sour cream or crème fraiche fro topping (optional)

Crust: Heat oven to 300 degrees. Butter and 8 –inch spring form or plain cake pan, and line bottom with parchment paper. Spread cookies on a baking pan and toast until very dry, about 10 minutes. Remove and leave oven on. Pulse in a food processor to make crumbs. Mix one cup lightly packed crumbs in a bowl with sugar and flour and then mix in melted butter. Pour into prepared pan and pres s in evenly.

Filling: In a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, mix cream cheese until smooth and fluffy, scraping down sides to eliminate lumps. Add sugar and honey, and mix until smooth. Crape down sides and add sour cream and heavy cream, then mix for 2 minutes.

With mixer running, add vanilla and then eggs one at a time and mix until completely smooth. Pour over cookie base.

Place pan in a larger baking pan. Fill that with hot water halfway up the side of the cake pan to make a water bath. Bake 80 to 90 minutes, or until just set. To test for doneness, shake cake pan gently. There should be no liquidity but it should undulate in a mass, like Jell-O. Remove from the oven to a rack and let it cook, then refrigerate it in the pan for at least 3 hours or up to overnight.

If using spring form, remove the ring. If using a plain cake pan, warm bottom of pan over a very low flame one minute, moving it constantly to distribute hat. Invert cake onto a plate, then quickly re-invert onto a serving plate.

Frost top of cake with a think layer of sour cream, if using.

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Skinny Cheesecake

Especially on Shavuot, I go for full fat desserts, but if you are watching your calories this is a great cheesecake recipe to have your cheesecake and eat it too.
½ cup graham cracker crumbs
1 ½ cups fat free small curd cottage cheese
1 cup Eggbeaters (original)
½ cup sugar
½ package (4 ounces) fat free cream cheese
¼ teaspoon fresh lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray bottom and dies of 9-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. Sprinkle graham crumbs evenly onto the bottom and up the sides of baking dish. Place cottage cheese and egg beaters in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Add sugar, cream cheese, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Blend until smooth. Pour into prepared baking dish. Bake 50 minutes, or until center is set and top is lightly browned. Cool and refrigerate at least 2 hours or until chilled. Cut into squares to serve. Garnish with fruit.

Sticky Chocolate Cake with Pina Colada Sauce


By Pastry Chef Ehud Ezra, Basil Restaurant.

This chocolate cake recipe has three components; the cake the sauce and the garnishing. It is a delicious alternative to the typical Shavuot recipe. Your family and guests will appreciate the change. You will love how easy it is to make and how impressive the dessert looks and tastes.

10 servings

Ingredients for Chocolate Cake:
10 – 4 ounce individual foil cups or ramekins
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup hot brewed coffee (instant can be used dissolved in hot water)
1/2 cup of buttermilk
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Garnish: Toasted slivered almonds and toasted coconut

Preheat the oven temperature to 350.

In a mixer, cream the butter and the sugar until it is fluffy. Next add the eggs, mix until blended. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder, and salt, mix until blended. Then add the buttermilk and vanilla extract; blend it in and scrape the bowl to make sure everything is incorporated. Gradually add the hot coffee to the batter, until it is blended in. Make sure to scrape the bowl as you add ingredients to make sure everything is getting blended.

Spray the foil cups with non-stick canola spray, scoop the batter and place in the cups, more than 3/4 to the top of the cups.
Place cups on a baking tray and bake for about 15 minutes.
The cake should not be over baked; it should be cracked on the top and moist in the center.

Ingredients for Pina Colada Sauce:
1/4 cup of Coco Lopez (Cream of coconut)
1/4 cup of Pineapple juice
1/8 cup of white rum

Mix well and pour into individual small cups to serve along side the chocolate cakes.

Ingredients for Garnishing Chocolate Sauce:
2 semi-sweet chocolate bars, such as Schmerling’s
1/2 cup of heavy cream

Break the chocolate into small pieces in a bowl. In a small pot, boil the heavy cream. Add the hot cream to the chocolate, let it sit for a minute; this will melt the chocolate. Mix well with a whisk. Serve immediately or it will set. If you aren’t serving it immediately and it has to be warmed, simmer on low, or put in a bowl of hot water.

Garnish with toasted almond slivers and toasted coconut flakes. Toasting can be done in a dry frying pan or on a baking sheet at 350.

Here’s another great kosher cake recipe for Shavuot.

Berry Baked Brie


1 sheet frozen puff pastry
1/3 cup berry preserves
8 ounces wheel Brie cheese
¼ cup chopped pecans, toasted
1 large egg
1 tablespoon water
Crackers and slices of fruit

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Unfold puff pastry on a lightly floured surface. Roll gently to seal any cracks in pastry. Spoon preserves onto center of pastry. Place cheese on top of preserves. Sprinkle evenly with nuts. Fold pastry up over the cheese to cover. Trim excess pastry and press to seal seams. Reserve pastry scraps.

Whisk egg and water in small bowl. Brush seams with egg mixture. Place seam-side down on baking sheet. Cut pastry scraps into decorative shapes and arrange on top, if desired. Brush with egg mixture.

Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 20 minutes before cutting. Serve with crackers and sliced fruit.

Chocolate, Caramel, Cookie Dough Decadent Cheesecake


OMG! This is a Shavuot recipe dream come true: cheesecake, cookie dough and chocolate. Is there anything better?

Crust
2 cups crushed graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted

Chocolate Layer:
6 (1-ounce) squares semisweet chocolate
6 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Cheesecake Layer:
1/2 cup caramel syrup
1 (16 1/2-ounce) package refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sour cream

Chocolate Ganache:
6 (1-ounce) squares semisweet chocolate
4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

For the crust: In a medium bowl, combine the cracker crumbs and sugar. Add the melted butter, stirring to combine. Press the crust into the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake for 6 minutes; let cool.

For the chocolate layer: Using a double boiler, melt the chocolate and butter (or microwave on high in 30-second intervals, stirring after each, until the chocolate is melted and smooth, about 1 1/2 minutes total). Whisk in the sugar, eggs, and flour until just combined. Pour into the bottom of the cooled crust and bake for 15 minutes; let cool.

For the cheesecake layer: Spread the caramel topping evenly over the cooled chocolate layer. Cut the cookie dough crosswise into 1-inch slices. Place the slices in an even layer over the caramel, pressing gently together to seal the edges.

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar on medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and flour until just combined. Stir in the sour cream. Pour the mixture over the cookie dough layer and bake for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and gently run a knife around the edges to release the crust from the sides of the pan. Let cool completely.

For the ganache: Using a double boiler, combine the chocolate and cream and melt (or microwave on high in 30-second intervals, stirring after each, until the chocolate is melted and smooth, about 1 minute total). Spread over the cooled cheesecake. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours before serving.

Old Fashioned Pound Cake

Here is the pound cake recipe we would like to share with you complements of Chef Doris Schechter, My Most Favorite Food

Makes 1-10” pound cake

Ingredients:

2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
6 extra-large eggs
1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
½ pound cream cheese, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
Optional Garnish: Fresh berries and Schlag (whipped cream)

Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour a 10” fluted tube pan and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. Into another bowl, break the eggs, then add the lemon juice and vanilla, without stirring.
In the bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter with the cream cheese and sugar on medium-low speed until light and fluffy. Slowly add the egg mixture, beating until well blended. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula, then add the flour mixture and beat on low speed until all the flour is incorporated and the batter is smooth.
Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for about 1 hour, or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the cake cool for 10 minutes. Unmold the cake onto the rack and let cool completely before cutting into slices. Store the pound cake, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, at room temperature.

It is wonderful with fresh berries and Schlag (fresh whipped cream)

Maple Walnut Truffles

Not sure how to make truffles? No worries – this truffles recipe is simple enough, and tastes incredible.

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
½ cup butter, cubed
7-1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 cups chopped walnuts
2 teaspoons maple flavoring or extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 teaspoons shortening

In a small saucepan, combined sweetened condensed milk and butter. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until butter is melted. Pour powdered sugar into a large bowl. Add melted butter mixture and beat until smooth. Stir in the walnuts, maple flavoring and vanilla. Roll into balls and place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until firm – about 1 hour. In a microwave, melt the chocolate chips, bittersweet chocolate and shortening. Stir until smooth. Dip balls into chocolate and place on waxed paper. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Tzipi’s Mother’s Cheesecake Squares

My friend Tzipi gave me her mom’s cheesecake recipe. It’s creamy, delicious, and super easy to make. Thanks Tzipi!

Filling:
6 ounces cottage cheese
10 ounces farmer cheese
4 eggs
4 tablespoons flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
8 ounces sour cream

Crust:
½ cup (1 stick) margarine or butter
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons sugar

Crust:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt margarine or butter and mix with graham cracker crumbs, and sugar. Press into bottom of 9×12 lasagna pan.

Filling:
Blend all ingredients with hand mixer until smooth.
Pour cheese mixture on top of crust.
Bake for 1 hour. Let cool and refrigerate. Cut when cold into squares.

Mixed Berry (or apple) Turnovers

2 sheets puff pastry

Filling:
1-1/2 cups fresh blueberries
1-1/2 cups fresh strawberries
(3 cups diced apples may be substituted for all the berries)
3/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon allspice
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons unsalted margarine
½ teaspoon almond extract
1 egg
1 tablespoon water

Cinnamon whipped cream:
1 ½ cup pareve whipping cream
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

To prepare the filling, put all the ingredients into a medium bowl and mix well.

Roll out the puff pastry dough on a large, well floured work surface into one 40-inch square or two 20-inch squares. Using a sharp knife cut out eight 4 or 5 inch squares. In a small bowl, make an egg wash by whisking together the egg and water.

To assemble: place about 1/3 cup of the filling in the middle of a square of dough. Fold one corner over to meet the other corner, forming a triangle. Brush the inside edge of the dough with the egg wash. Using your fingertips, crimp the edges well to seal. Brush the top of the turnover with egg wash and place ¼ inch apart on a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough squares and filling. Place the turnovers in the oven and bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly. Serve with cinnamon whipped cream.

Whipping cream:
Whip the cold pareve cream until soft peaks form. Add the cinnamon and vanilla extract and beat until the cream is firm and fluffy.

Apple and Cocoa Tarte Tatin

Dough
1½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 stick cold unsalted margarine, cut into small cubes
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons ice water

Filling
¾ stick unsalted margarine
1 cup granulated sugar
4 to 5 golden delicious apples, peeled, quartered, cored, and tossed with fresh lemon juice

Topping
½ cup pareve heavy cream
1 teaspoon confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon amaretto liqueur
½ cup pareve tofutti sour cream

Crushed walnuts, for sprinkling

Make the crust. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, and salt together. Mix in the granulated sugar. Add the cold margarine cubes and, using your thumb and forefinger or two knives, “cut” the margarine into the flour mixture until you achieve a sandy texture.

Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour the egg into the well and incorporate the surrounding flour, adding ice water 1 tablespoon at a time until you achieve a smooth dough. Form the dough into a ball and flatten into a disk. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and chill at least 2 hours and up to 1 day.

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Make the filling. Melt the margarine in a 12-inch oven safe skillet over medium heat. Add the granulated sugar and let caramelize until golden brown. Add the apples in a single layer, cored side up, and cook until tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

Roll the dough into a 12-inch round about ¾ inch thick. Lay the dough over the softened apples, covering the fruit. Place the pan, apples, dough, and all in the oven and bake until the pastry is golden brown, about 20 minutes. Lower the heat to 350°F and bake 15 minutes longer. Let cool about 5 minutes, then carefully invert over a serving platter.

Make the topping. Whip the pareve cream, confectioners’ sugar, and amaretto liqueur into firm peaks. Gently fold the whipped cream into the tofutti sour cream. Serve the tarte tatin immediately with generous dollops of the topping and sprinkles of crushed walnuts.

Apple Spice Muffins

2 cups flour
1 cup granola
⅔ cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
2 eggs
⅔ cup apple juice
¼ cup oil
1½ cups grated apples

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the flour, granola, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the eggs, apple juice and oil. Stir into dry ingredients until just moistened. Do not overmix. Gently stir in apples. Spoon into greased or paper-lined muffin tins. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before removing to wire rack to finish cooling. Best served warm.

Apple Crunch Galette

Crust:
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ¼ teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons sugar
8 tablespoons margarine at room temperature, cut into 7 pieces
8 tablespoon pure vegetable shortening, cut into 7 pieces
4 ½ tablespoons ice water

Crunch:
¾ cups flour
¾ cup dark brown sugar
½ cup old-fashioned oats
6 tablespoons margarine, melted

Apple Filling:
3 McIntosh apples
Granny Smith apples
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons apricot preserves
1 egg yolk beaten with 1 teaspoon water

In a mixer or food processor mix flour, salt and sugar. Cut margarine and shortening into flour and mix until it resembles course meal. Sprinkle water over dough, 1 tablespoon at a time and blend with mixer or fork. Repeat until dough is moist enough to come together. Knead into a ball, flatten and shape into a disc. Wrap and chill for 30 minutes in refrigerator.

Prepare crunch topping. In bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, oats and melted margarine. Stir to combine and set aside.

Prepare the apple filling. Peel, halve and seed the apples. In bowl combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt. Add apple slices and toss to coat.

Preheat oven to 375°. Remove dough from refrigerator. On slightly floured piece of parchment paper, roll the dough into 14-15 inch circle. Leaving a 3-4 inch border, brush apricot preserves over center of dough. Place 3/4ths of crunch over apricot preserves. Starting at outer edge of apricot, and working your way towards the center, lay the apple slices in concentric circles, going around and adding layers until all apples are used up. Using the parchment paper to help, fold the dough border over apples. The dough will cover 2-3 inches of the filling. Carefully slide the parchment paper with galette on to a rimless baking sheet. Brush the exposed dough with beaten egg yolk.

Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully cover dough with foil to prevent burning. Return to oven and bake 30 more minutes.