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desserts & sweets

Gingerbread Apple Pie Hamantashen

Recipe by Judith Rontal

Gingerbread Apple Pie Hamantashen

It isn’t a proper Purim without some tasty hamantashen! Pie lovers, have you ever realized that hamantashen are basically like hand pies? This spiced dough and sweet apple pie filling has all your favorite pie flavors and will definitely shine at your hamantashen swap.

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Bastani (Persian Saffron Ice Cream)

Recipe by Franz Afraim Katzir

<em>Bastani</em> (Persian Saffron Ice Cream)

No other dessert recipe gives me more bang for my buck than this  one. This simple dessert can garner more praise than ones that take much more effort and time to create. You can make it dairy or pareve —my preference is Trader Joe’s SoyCreamy nondairy vanilla ice cream.

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Hana’s Apple Cake

Recipe by Ariel Pasternak

Hana’s Apple Cake

This recipe comes from my family in Israel, so the transliteration is not great and the measurements aren’t exactly right, but I’ve tweaked them to the extent that I can to get consistent results. It’s my favorite cake for Rosh Hashanah.

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Better-for-You Granola

Recipe by Stacey Viera

Better-for-You Granola

For a better granola bar option, try making one at home. This granola is “better” thanks to the additional protein and a crunchy texture from the sunflower seeds and nuts as well as whole grains and fiber from the oats. Olive oil lends mono- and polyunsaturated fats, which are a more nutritious choice and better

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Barley Muffins

Recipe by Stacey Viera

Barley Muffins

For an even-better-than-granola recipe that’s portable and includes six of the seven species (you could add pomegranate arils, too), try these muffins. Barley is a whole grain and an excellent source of fiber, vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. Look for hulled barley to get more of the nutrient-rich outer bran layer, but pearl barley is also

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Mandelkrans (Swedish Almond Wreaths)

Recipe by Darra Goldstein

<i>Mandelkrans</i> (Swedish Almond Wreaths)

From Sheilah Kaufman: Thankfully, the art of baking is alive and well in Scandinavia, where coffee breaks are a cherished part of the day. Darra says, “Anything with almond paste makes me swoon, and this beautiful wreath is a particular favorite.”

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Sweet Cheese and Fig Strudel

Recipe by Leah Koenig

Sweet Cheese and Fig Strudel

For centuries, strudel was considered the national dish of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and it continues to maintain its powerful hold over Central European palates today. Enjoyed by the wealthy and humble classes alike, the process of hand stretching the dough to impossible thinness, then rolling it with sweet (apple, cherry, poppy seed) or savory (cabbage,

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Malva Pudding

Recipe by Jack's Wife Freda

Malva Pudding

This South African dessert of Cape Dutch origin is a dense cake soaked in a delicious caramel sauce. It can vary with the additions of ginger, apricot jam, and sometimes brandy or dates. Malva, which is Afrikaans for marshmallow, describes the spongy texture and sweetness of this unique dessert. We bake our Malvas in a

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