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Fruit Salad


The abundance of fresh fruit in Israel, ripe from the fields and orchards, makes fruit salads a natural choice. After a good meal, nothing is more refreshing than this cool dessert.

Cut the apples and oranges into small pieces. Add lemon juice and sugar. Add the rest of the ingredients a short time before serving.


  • 3 oranges
  • 2 apples
  • lemon juice
  • nuts
  • 1 tbs. sugar
  • 2 fresh peaches
  • grapes, melon, pears, or 1 can fruit cocktail

Honey Cake

This freshly baked traditional honey cake is served with apples, honey, and challah for a sweet new year.

Sponge Cake

This is the traditional cake of Israel - and it is exceedingly popular. It has no Hebrew name but is called the European designation, tort. This cake appears in many shades and is covered in a variety of ways. A typical method involves cutting the cake horizontally in two and covering it with fresh strawberries (for which Israel is famous), jelly and whipped cream.


In Israel, all young men and women are required to enlist for military service at the age of 18. The soldiers, who manage to get home only once every several weeks, enjoy getting parcels with sweet things from home; and mothers are very efficient in keeping them well-supplied with cakes. Derived from central Europe, the popular kichlach are to be found in many of the packages destined for young soldiers. No adequate substitute has so far been found for the homemade product. The word kichlach is Yiddish for cookies.