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Adapted from a recipe by Lillian Berliner from The Holocaust Survivor.  
This recipe was always on our menus and were native to my hometown of Kolozsvar, Hungary on the Romanian border in Transylvania.


3 eggs
1-¼ cups flour
1-cup milk
1 tsp. sugar
pinch salt
1-cup club soda
margarine or butter for frying crepes


Mix eggs, flour milk sugar and salt
Make a smooth pancake dough, and let rest for 1-2 hours
Stir in club soda at the last moment, just before frying the crepes
Heat an 8" pan and when it is hot add ¼ tbsp. margarine of butter. Let it melt to cover the bottom of the pan
Ladle batter into pan, gently tipping and twisting so it covers the whole pan. When the top bubbles, gently turn the pancake over and cook for another 4-5 seconds. Remove the cooked pancake into a large plate.
Fillings Apricot jam or Farmer cheese mixed with an egg youl, sugar and raisin mixture. Roll to form the filled pancake and fry lightly to re-heat before serving.


Recipe, kosher, dairy

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For cookie dough and poppy seed lovers, this one is a treat!


3 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking powder
Grated orange rind
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 cups flour

1 1/2 cups poppy seeds
1/4 raisins
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup milk or nondairy milk substitute such as soy milk, almond milk
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind


Make the dough: In a large bowl, beat eggs. Beat in oil, orange juice, sugar, vanilla, baking powder, orange rind and salt. Add flour gradually; mix thoroughly (do not over mix). Turn out onto a floured board and knead dough until smooth;  add a little extra flour if dough is sticky. Divide into four portions and chill several hours.

Make the filling:* In a food processor, grind the poppy seeds and raisins; this could take several minutes. Place in a small pot and add the honey, and milk or milk substitute. Cook over medium-low heat , stirring constantly ,until thickened, about 20 minutes. Stir in the lemon rind and cool completely before using to fill the hamentashen.

Assemble: Roll on lightly floured surface to a 1/4th-inch thickness. Cut 3-4 inch rounds with a floured glass or cookie cutter. Fill with 3/4 teaspoon filling (do not overfill) . Pinch together sides of circle to form a triangle; some of the filling should be visible in the middle.

Place on lightly greased cookie sheet and bake in pre-heated  350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until lightly golden.


Yield:  About 4 dozen  depending on thickness of dough

*can use a can of prepared poppy seed filling such as Solo brand.

Recipes: Desserts, Holiday, Hamentashen, Poppy Seed, Parve or Dairy, Kosher

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Ima's Chicken Soup

Adapted from a recipe submitted by Rebbetzin Lori Palatnik, JRWP
This is a very simple-one pot chicken soup. The long cooking time adds so much flavor.


1 whole chicken
4 large carrots (sliced)
2 large onions (peeled and cut in half)
salt (to taste)
8 Tablespoons dried parsley
1 box matzah ball mix (optional)
water- 3- 4 quarts


Place above ingredients in a large pot of water, bring to a boil, simmer all day, covered (the longer the better). Skim fat from top occasionally. In last hour, make matzah ball recipe, drop directly into soup (not in plain water as the box usually indicates).
10-12 servings

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                                                     Photo: June Hersh

by June Hersh, Reprinted from Recipes Remembered, a Celebration of Survival

There are dishes that transport all of us back in time. Maybe an aroma that fires up a memory or a taste so singular that you know exactly the time and place you first experienced it.  For me, one of those immutable memories is cabbage soup.  I remember how my grandmother would chop the cabbage, hand select the meat, crush the tomatoes or make it oh so sour with lemon after lemon.

I prepared this recipe as a homecoming dinner for my dad, the ultimate wandering Jew.  I figured it might be fun to take you along on my trip back to Minsk and show you step by step how to prepare this hearty winter soup.  I do warn you, the cabbage can be pungent, but the results are delicious. This recipe reminds me of an H.L. Mencken quote:

An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than cabbage, concludes that it will also make a better soup.


1 large head of green cabbage, cored and shredded
1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, with 1/2 cup of its juice
3 to 4  pounds of flanken/short ribs, cut into 2 to 3-inch pieces
1 (15-ounce) can sauerkraut, drained
2 quarts beef broth
8 jumbo hotdogs
The juice of 1 to 2 lemons
Kosher salt and pepper


Place the shredded cabbage in a very large soup pot. Add the tomatoes, crushing them over the pot with your hands, allowing the juices to stream in.  Add 1/2 cup of the juice from the can. Tuck the ribs into the cabbage and top with the sauerkraut.  Pour the broth into the pot and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.  If the meat is not falling off the bone, cook an additional 30 minutes.  When the meat is cooked, remove it from the pot, so you can trim the meat from the bones to make serving easier.  Cut the meat into large chunks and reserve. Add the hotdogs and the juice from one lemon and cook for 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If time allows, refrigerate the soup overnight so the fat rises to the top and solidifies.  Remove this layer of fat, reheat and serve. Serve the soup with a piece of short rib in each bowl and extra lemon to squeeze for a more sour taste.


Step through the recipe with June


img_02601. My first ingredient is cabbage. After all, it is in the name of the recipe. No mandolin or food processor for me.  What I like about hand chopping is the lack of uniformity in the shredded cabbage.  It gives the soup a more interesting texture, so cut away the core and chop in any direction you choose. Toss that cabbage into the pot, I used a Dutch oven this time, but a good sturdy stockpot works well too.

img_02592. The next ingredient is the beef.  I have used everything from oxtails to short ribs, neck or shin meat. That’s the beauty of making soup; you can easily substitute or customize the dish. My daughter likes a beefier broth, so I sometimes add more beef than the recipe suggests. It’s all about keeping your customer happy!  For this brew I used a mixture of short ribs and neck meat. Neck meat can be a bit sweeter, but my dad loves to suck on those bones!


img_026113. I got the meat right into the pot along with the tomatoes, which I crushed as I added them, the sauerkraut and the stock.  Toss in a few bay leaves and make sure everything is nicely covered.




img_02724. After the soup comes to a strong simmer, put a lid on it and walk away.  The soup needs at least 1 ½ to 2 hours for the flavor to really develop and the meat to fall off the bone.  Once the meat is fork tender, I remove the pot from the stove and allow it to cool before transferring everything to a container.

I generally refrigerate the soup overnight so that I can skim off the fat; it also allows the flavors to mingle better.  I guess in the cold fridge the ingredients huddle together for warmth.  As you can see, these containers had barely any fat on top, the meat I selected was very lean and therefore, the soup was too.

img_02735. After skimming off any fat, if you like, remove the meat and cut it into smaller pieces. My family likes the meat left whole.  They feel if you need a fork and knife to eat your soup, it’s a meal. When you reheat the soup, toss in the hotdogs- the sauerkraut had been whining for them to join the party.  My sister is happy with just the hotdogs and very sour cabbage, so if your family is like mine, don’t skimp on the dogs or that extra squeeze of lemon.  On a low fire, heat through and serve.

6. All you need now is a big bowl, some crusty bread and a shot of good ole Russian vodka to clean your palate after you’re done.  It’s nice to know you don’t need to travel to Belarus to enjoy this authentic soup.  Enjoy! It would make my grandmother very happy.


Yields: 10 servings

Recipes: Soups, Cabbage, Beef, Kosher

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by Paula Shoyer, The Kosher Baker

This is the most popular dessert I teach in my classes, and it is the dessert for which I am most famous. I bring this to people when they have babies, when someone dies, or when I just need to put a smile on someone’s face. The recipe on which the following is based came from my friend Limor’s mom, Aliza Cohen, who used to bake them for me when I was in high school.


1/2 cup warm water
1/2 ounce (2 envelopes) active dry yeast
2 1/2 cups plus 1 teaspoon sugar, divided
5 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups (6 sticks) parve margarine, softened, divided
2 large eggs plus 1 white (reserve yolk for glazing)
1/2 cup parve unsweetened cocoa
Spray oil, for greasing pans
1/2 cup parve mini or regular chocolate chips


Place the 1/2 cup warm water, yeast, and 1 teaspoon of the sugar in a large mixing bowl and let sit 10 minutes, until the mixture bubbles. Add 1/2 cup of the sugar, the flour, 2 sticks of the margarine, and the 2 whole eggs and egg white. Combine by hand with a wooden spoon or with a dough hook in a stand mixer until all the ingredients are mixed in. Cover the bowl with plastic and let rise 2 to 4 hours, until the dough has increased in size at least 50 percent.

Meanwhile, make the filling. In a medium bowl, combine the remaining 2 cups of the sugar with the cocoa. Add the remaining 4 sticks margarine and mix well with a hand-held or stand mixer or by hand with a whisk. You can let the filling sit out covered while the dough is rising.

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease two 12-inch-long loaf pans with spray oil.

 howtotwistbabka-001Divide the dough into four pieces. On a large piece of parchment, roll each piece into a 10 x 7-inch rectangle. Spread 1/4 of the filling on one of the rectangles and then sprinkle on 1/4 of the chocolate chips. Roll the dough up working with the long side of the rectangle. Repeat with the next dough rectangle. When you have the two rolls, twist them around each other, trying to keep the seam on the bottom. Tuck the ends under and place into one of the loaf pans. Do the same with the other two pieces of dough. Brush the tops of the loaves with the reserved egg yolk mixed with a little water.

Bake for 45 minutes. Cool for 20 minutes in the pan. Run a knife around the babka and then remove from the pans and let cool.


Yield: Makes two 12-inch loaves, 25 servings

Storage: Store wrapped in foil at room temperature. If you will not eat it within 24 hours, freeze it for up to three months. Thaw at room temperature for 4 hours before serving.

Recipes: Desserts, Babka, Yeast, Chocolate, Parve, Kosher

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