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Rugelach

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On Fridays, you can smell the distinct aroma of rugelach on every street corner in Israel. People anxious to buy them for the weekend will line up at their neighborhood bakery to get them hot out of the oven. Unfortunately, due to their small size, there never seems to be enough of these delicious pastries to go around.

Mix yeast with 1 tsp. sugar and 1/2 cup of lukewarm milk (or water), until yeast starts bubbling. Mix in rest of ingredients and knead until dough doesn't stick to pan. Cool in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Roll dough into a flat sheet. Spread jam on dough and spread sugar, cocoa mixture on top. Cut into triangles and roll starting from the base of the triangle. On a cookie sheet, bake at medium heat (375 degrees Fahrenheit, 190 degrees Celsius) until golden (25-35 minutes). Makes approximately 40.

Ingredients

  • Dough
  • 5 cups flour
  • 2 sticks margarine
  • 2 oz. fresh yeast
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs (beaten)
  • 2 cups milk or water
  • Filling
  • jam
  • mixture of 1 cup sugar and 1/3 cup cocoa

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.

Kichlach

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.

Baklava (Honey and Nut Pastry)

Baklava is a delicacy found throughout the Arab world. The Jews who came to Israel from Arab countries continue to prepare and enjoy the taste of baklava. This sweet pastry is sold in both Jewish and Arab markets, and comes in a multitude of varieties.