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Bake this delightful orange-poppy cake for dessert tonight

Bake this delightful orange-poppy cake for dessert tonight

Haim Silberstein, Israel21c July 6, 2021
Lee’at Gentely and Georgia Green, our two bakers in Tel Aviv, put orange and poppy seed together in a cake that will tantalize your taste buds.
Chocolate Chip Bars

Two easy Passover recipes for families to make together

Elyse Picker March 16, 2021

Chocolate Chip Bars(Adapted from “The Holiday Kosher Baker,” Paula Shoyer) Kids can easily help with this one-bowl recipe, and it makes a great seder dessert.Ingredients:2 cups (400g) sugar2 large eggs1 cup (240ml) vegetable oil1 tbsp vanilla extract3...

Spiced Honey Biscotti 

Spiced Honey Biscotti

By Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish Light September 24, 2020

INGREDIENTSBiscotti:3 c. plus 2 tbsp. unbleached all-purpose flour½ c. packed dark brown sugar½ tsp. ground cinnamon½ tsp.  ground ginger½ tsp. ground cloves¼ tsp. allspice¼ tsp. ground nutmeg1 tsp. baking powder⅛ tsp. coarse kosher salt½ c....

Diane Packman’s gluten- and sugar-free brownie recipe uses an unconventional ingredient for baking sweets — black beans. Photo: Michael Sherwin

Black Bean Brownies

Shared by Diane Packman September 19, 2019

Ingredients1 16 oz. can black beans, drained and  rinsed2 eggs11 Medjool dates pitted½ cup applesauce unsweetened1 tsp. espresso powder (or ½ tsp.  ground espresso)1 tbsp. vanilla½ cup cocoa powder½ tsp. baking soda¼ tsp. cinnamon½ cup semisweet...

A tray full of Passover cookies includes from left: lemon-glazed almond cookies, chocolate-pecan tea cookies, maple coconut macaroons and chocolate and almond crisps. Photo: Michael Kahn

Pesach desserts awaken sweet memories of mom

By Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish Light April 18, 2019

I lost my dear mother a few weeks ago. A child survivor of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Ann Lenga did not let the horror of those years define her life. She was resilient, courageous, adventurous and an inspiration to everyone who knew her....

A tray full of Passover cookies includes from left: lemon-glazed almond cookies, chocolate-pecan tea cookies, maple coconut macaroons and chocolate and almond crisps. Photo: Michael Kahn

Maple Coconut Macaroons

By Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish Light April 18, 2019

While my mother used maple flavored syrup in these macaroons, I would recommend using the real thing.Ingredients:2 c. tightly packed shredded coconut (unsweetened or sweetened, or a combination)1 tsp. freshly grated orange zest¼ c. maple syrup½ tsp....

A tray full of Passover cookies includes from left: lemon-glazed almond cookies, chocolate-pecan tea cookies, maple coconut macaroons and chocolate and almond crisps. Photo: Michael Kahn

Lemon-Glazed Almond Cookies

April 18, 2019

While my mother used maple flavored syrup in these macaroons, I would recommend using the real thing.Ingredients:Cookies2 ½ c. almond flour or finely ground almonds1 c. unsweetened shredded coconut1 tsp. Kosher for Passover baking powder½tsp. table...

A tray full of Passover cookies includes from left: lemon-glazed almond cookies, chocolate-pecan tea cookies, maple coconut macaroons and chocolate and almond crisps. Photo: Michael Kahn

Recipe: Chocolate-Pecan Tea Cookies

By Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish Light April 18, 2019

Ingredients:2 c. pecans½ c. (1 stick) unsalted butter, at cool room temperature2 c. sifted confectioner’s sugar4 oz. semisweet chocolate, grated (about 1 1/3 c.)¼ tsp. almond extract¼ tsp. vanilla extractDirections:Preheat oven to 350 degrees....

A tray full of Passover cookies includes from left: lemon-glazed almond cookies, chocolate-pecan tea cookies, maple coconut macaroons and chocolate and almond crisps. Photo: Michael Kahn

Recipe: Chocolate and Almond Crisps

April 18, 2019

You can certainly grate the chocolate for both this recipe and the Chocolate-Pecan Tea cookies or you could use a food processor with the metal blade. I simply set the chocolate onto a cutting board and used a sharp knife to cut the chocolate into thin...

Reader Recipe Exchange: Bobbye’s Strudel

April 26, 2018

One of my favorite memories from my youth was cooking with my Bobbye, Eva Blumenfeld Chosid. She was an amazing woman. Way ahead of her time. She worked with my Papu, Harry Chosid. They had a chicken business. She taught me so many of our family’s...

Recipe: Pumpkin-Pecan Pie

By Margi Lenga Kahn November 16, 2017

Ingredients:1 Unbaked pie dough fitted into a deep-dish pie plate (I used a standard flaky tart dough, although any all-butter pastry dough works. To see my recipe for Perfect Pastry Crust, go to stljewishlight.com/pie-dough).Pumpkin Filling: 2 c. canned...

Margi Lenga Kahn’s Custard Tart with Fresh Berries. 

Recipe: Custard Tart with Fresh Berries

By Margi Lenga Kahn November 16, 2017

You can substitute any fresh-cubed or sliced fruits for the berries. *The tart can also be made in individual 3-4” tart pans. Ingredients:Pastry Dough:18 tbsp. (255 g.) unsalted butter, at room temperature1c. (200 g.) granulated sugar¼ tsp. fine sea...

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