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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.

Stuffed Cabbage

On Purim, it is also traditional to make foods with something hidden inside in order to symbolize the hidden miracles of Purim. Stuffed cabbage has become a Purim tradition in many Jewish homes.

Sufganiot (Donuts)

Sufganiyot (Doughnuts)

This special treat is served in every Israeli store, and sufganiyot (deep fried doughnuts) are consumed by all.

Sweet potatoe latkes

Sweet Potato Latkes

During Hanukkah, it is customary to eat foods fried in oil such as latkes.  Although definitely delicious on their own, this recipe adds a delightful sweetness factor.

Sweet Round Challah

The traditional holiday and Sabbath bread called challah is usually braided all year long.  On the High Holidays, we make the challah round instead in order to symbolize a whole and perfect year ahead of us.

Tarato (Yogurt Soup)

Tarato comes from Bulgaria. The Jews of Bulgaria, like those of Holland, Greece, Turkey, and Italy, are descended from Jews expelled from Spain and Portugal in the 15th century. This cold soup is particularly suitable for hot summer nights in Israel. Yogurt, the main ingredient, has been a popular food in Israel for many years.

Tehina

A typical dish of the Orient brought to Israel by Jewish refugees from Arab countries. Tehina is a thick dip with sesame seeds as its base. It is often used as a topping for falafel and other dishes.

Recipes - Shavuot

Traditional Cheesecake

This traditional dessert is found on many tables during Shavuot.

Turkish Coffee

Turkish coffee seems to taste best when prepared in the traditional feenjan, but a deep saucepan will do, sized according to how many cups you wish to make. Feenjans can be bought in Eastern specialty shops the pot is wide at the bottom, narrow toward the top, and has a long handle. Turkish coffee should be served in small cylindrical cups; espresso cups are suitable.

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