Recipes

Chocolatey Brownies, Gluten Free

You won't miss the flour in these gooey treats.

Jewish Week Online Columnist

My cousin and her daughter suffer from Celiac Disease, so whenever I spent the weekend with them I try to bring gluten-free treats that they can enjoy as well. These cookies have proved very popular, but I'm always looking for new recipes. Problem is, when I look around online, most gluten-free recipes call for a complicated mix of flours, from brown rice flour to sorghum flour and tapioca starch, that are expensive, not readily available in Israel, and not practical for someone who only bakes gluten free every few months.

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
Brownies:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
18 ounces (or 500g) semi-sweet chocolate
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (225g) sugar
4 eggs plus one egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup cornstarch
Heaping 1/3 cup cocoa powder (about 45g)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
Frosting:
6 tablespoons (85g) butter or margarine
Heaping 1/3 cup cocoa powder (about 45g)
2 2/3 cups icing sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2-4 tablespoons milk or soy milk

Bakery Fresh, From Your Kitchen

Think you can't make bagels at home? Think again.

Jewish Week Online Columnist

There are some foods you might think just aren't worth making at home. Croissants, for one. Sushi, for another. Until recently I thought that bagels—the ultimate Jewish New York food—were on that list. But when I decided to experiment and make them at home, I was pretty surprised by how easy they were, and how incredibly delicious.

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
1 1/2 cups water
2 teaspoons instant dry yeast*
4 cups bread flour
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 large egg white plus 1 tablespoon water
Optional: Sesame seeds, poppy seeds or other toppings

Bubby Ida Malnick’s Sweet and Sour Tongue

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
2 tablespoons fat or oil
1 onion, diced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups tongue stock (chicken or beef stock can be substituted, though if you cook your own tongue reserve the liquid)
⅓ cup white vinegar
⅓ cup honey
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ cup golden raisins
¼ cup blanched sliced almonds
1 lemon, sliced thin
4 pounds cooked beef tongue

Florence Tabrys’ Sweet and Creamy Cheese Blintzes

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
For the Batter:
6 large eggs
½ cup warm water
½ cup whole milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
For the Filling:
1 (4-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup (7.5-ounce package) farmer’s cheese
1 teaspoon melted butter
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
Butter, for frying blintzes
Sweetened sour cream, cinnamon sugar, confectioner’s sugar, orange zest, for topping (optional)

A Lemony Passover Treat

These frozen meringue desserts will have you forgetting all about chametz.

Jewish Week Online Columnist

There's nothing worse than finishing up your seder with a cake that tastes like... matzah. But when it comes to Passover baking, that's often the case: Matzah meal replaces the flour, leaving desserts that are heavy and dense, with that unappealing flavor. No more! This delicious gluten-free dessert forgets all about matzah, using only natural ingredients for the perfect light, sweet end to your seder.

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
Meringue:
4 egg whites
1 cup (200g) superfine sugar
2 teaspoons potato starch
Filling:
4 egg yolks
1/2 cup (100g) superfine sugar
zest of two lemons
6 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup heavy cream or non-dairy cream

Potatoes for Passover, Upgraded

Don't skimp on the wow factor this holiday with these fun, filled spud cups.

Jewish Week Online Columnist

Potatoes, potatoes, potatoes. They're pretty much a staple of every Passover meal: Without bread or pasta, potatoes are the go-to carb. Now, I love potatoes, so I'm happy to see them over and over again, but sometimes even I get bored of the classic roasted or mashed. These lacy little shredded potato cups, which you can fill with just about anything, are a great way to add a little wow factor to the taste and presentation of your next potato dish. 

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
Cups:
4 large russet potatoes
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspooon onion powder
Stir-Fry:
1 large onion (or two small), peeled and diced
2 medium zucchini, diced
8 ounces mushrooms, diced
2 colored peppers, cored and diced
1 cup shredded carrots
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
Salt and pepper, to taste

The Remix: Tackling Matzah

Don't like matzah? You probably will when it's rolled into these dark chocolate truffles.

Jewish Week Online Columnist

This is the second installment of our new series "The Remix" in which we seek to gently tweak the more challenging dishes in the Jewish culinary cannon. With a little bit of love, we’re convinced we can make even these dishes delicious, even the ones that seem bizarre to the modern palate.

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
1/3 cup heavy cream
5 ounces (about ¾ cup) dark chocolate, roughly chopped
¼ cup butter, at room temperature
1 piece matzah, finely chopped
1 ½ cups kosher for Passover powdered sugar
3 tablespoons Manischewitz (or to taste)
Sea salt

A New, Improved Sponge Cake For Passover

Custardy zabaglione and roasted orange slices modernize the once-passe dessert.

Jewish Week Online Columnist

Sponge cake is the new flourless chocolate cake.

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
For the sponge cake:
12 large eggs, at room temperature, separated
1 ¾ cups sugar
6 tablespoons orange juice
¼ cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons orange zest, from oranges used to make roasted orange slices (recipe below)
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 cup matzo cake meal, sifted
1/3 cup potato starch
Passover zabaglione (recipe below)
Roasted orange slices (recipe below)
For the roasted orange slices:
6 navel oranges
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
For the zabaglione:
8 large egg yolks
¾ cup sugar
2 tablespoons finely grated fresh orange peel, from oranges used to make roasted orange slices
½ cup sweet white Passover wine
Fresh mint leaves, for garnish

Yum

 

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Kosher And Chinese, And Leftovers

Turn a carton of uneaten rice into a quick, tasty dinner.

Jewish Week Online Columnist

Jews love Chinese food. It's well-documented, and even the subject of a paper I wrote in college (I got an A-). But here's another thing we love: leftovers. And the two often go hand in hand: who hasn't ended up with a cardboard carton of white rice in the fridge after indulging in some beef lo mein or General Tso's chicken?

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
2 tablespoons canola or sesame oil
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
Veggies of your choice - shredded carrots, chopped mushrooms, zucchini, peppers, etc.
2 cups precooked rice
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon soy sauce
Salt and pepper, to taste
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