Cakes and Desserts

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.

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.

Lekach (Honey Cake)

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

Honey Cake

Honey cake is the traditional cake of the "Land of Milk and Honey," the biblical name for Israel. Honey cake is a must for the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, since its sweetness symbolizes the wishes for a good year ahead.

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.

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