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Sutlatch (Cream of Rice Pudding)

Recipe by Susan Barocas

<em>Sutlatch</em> (Cream of Rice Pudding)

A creamy, delicate pudding, sutlatch—in Turkish sütlaҫ or mahallebi—is traditionally served to break the fast after Yom Kippur and for Shabbat morning breakfast, although it is a beloved treat any time. The pudding is prepared with milk or, more authentically, with pipitada, a drink made by steeping dried and ground cantaloupe seeds in water for

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Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Rugelach

Recipe by Heather Bien

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Rugelach

I embarked on this project in hopes of incorporating the flavors of my Southern upbringing—pecans, bourbon—into that beloved cookie of my adopted Jewish culture. Doesn’t barely sweet cream-cheese dough wrapped around a rich pecan filling sound like a match made in heaven? That’s because it is.

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Cran-Apple Jam

Recipe by Stacey Viera

Cran-Apple Jam

Jewish practice of making jams and other fruit preserves have roots in Ashkenazi and Sephardic communities. Preserving the sweetness of the season allows for special jams to be served at brit milah and other happy occasions. “In the old days,” Claudia Roden writes, “large quantities were made during their season to last through the year.

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Aranygaluska (Hungarian Pull-Apart Bread)

Recipe by Leah Hadad

<em>Aranygaluska</em> (Hungarian Pull-Apart Bread)

Hungarian immigrants introduced aranygaluska, a traditional Hungarian coffeecake whose name means “golden dumpling,” to the US in the late-nineteenth to early-twentieth century. This coffeecake is the predecessor of what we identify today as monkey or pull-apart bread, which first appeared in the 1972 Betty Croker Cookbook and was later popularized by First Lady Nancy Reagan,

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Sweet Socca with Strawberries

Recipe by Jessica Grosman

Sweet Socca with Strawberries

Socca is a crisp flatbread made of chickpea flour that’s popular in Nice, France. It’s usually savory and served as an appetizer with wine, but I like to enjoy it with sweet toppings, like chocolate spread and fruit. Note: Use organic ingredients whenever possible.

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Black Bean Fudgies

Recipe by Stacey Viera

Black Bean Fudgies

For those who eat kitniyot, these are a more nutritious spin on kosher-for-Passover brownies. They can be made year-round with traditional ingredients, too. What makes this indulgent Passover treat a bit more nutritious is the addition of protein- and fiber-rich beans, using a reasonable amount of sugar and employing neutral-tasting canola oil, which is proven

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Turrón (Spanish Nougat)

Recipe by Sarah Newman

<em>Turrón</em> (Spanish Nougat)

This recipe for traditional Spanish nougat is adapted from A Drizzle of Honey. I am not a candy maker and found that you need to be focused while preparing it or it will become an unmanageable sticky mess. I used aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas) to replace the recipe’s egg whites, and

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Black-and-White Hamantashen

Recipe by Heather Bien

Black-and-White Hamantashen

My first foray into baking hamantashen was with a Nutella-filled recipe. You can’t go wrong with that, right? Well, yes, yes you can. We cut the dough too thick, couldn’t fold them correctly into triangles and ended up with what I would call dough clouds rather than cookies. Delicious, but not quite right. So, this

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Nina’s Apple Cake

Recipe by Sarah Newman

Nina’s Apple Cake

For decades, Nina and Leon Merrick have brought not just a freshly baked cake to meals, but also countless stories of Poland, Ukraine, Russia and extended family across the globe—all peppered with the underlying strength, determination and calmness about the calamities they have survived. Despite it all, they exude joy and warmth—just like this modest,

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