Latkes, Rugelach and Babka, Oy Vey!
Three and a half years ago I converted to Judaism. It was a momentous decision for me and involved the better part of a year spent taking Judaism classes, celebrating the Jewish holidays and soul-searching. Hannukah is definitely not the most important Jewish holiday, Passover and the High Holidays of Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur definitely trump it, but because I grew up celebrating Christmas it is a big deal in our house. It has been an interesting journey trying to find a perfect fit for both my husband and I’s ideas about what the holiday should look and feel like. I tend towards lights and decorations while he can’t wait for the food…well who are we kidding, I can’t either. So here are some of my favorite things to eat at Hannukah time- latkes and rugelach, which is not a traditional Hannukah food, but I always make them because they are so delicious.
Here is a great recipe for Latkes from The Comfort of Cooking. I use peanut oil instead of vegetable but both work great. Just make sure to top them with apple sauce and sour cream!
The rugelach recipe I use is Joan Nathan’s from her book Jewish Cooking in America. She uses a cream cheese dough that is awesome and I substitute preserves for the traditional fillings. You can find the recipe here on Food.com which is easy to print out and follow. You can make Joan’s fillings or just buy three different fruit preserves (Trader Joes has great options). I usually go with boysenberry, raspberry and cherry because they compliment the cream cheese dough really well. Sorry no pictures!
Here are a couple of other recipes that look worth trying out:
Baked Bree also has a cream cheese rugelach recipe that looks delicious.
Smitten Kitchen has rugelach and chocolate babka recipes! Yum Yum Yum!
I hope these recipes fill your home and kitchen with light and love, whatever holiday you celebrate! If you are interested in finding out more about Hannukah you can find it here. You can also find Part One in the Handmade Holiday series here. Coming soon…the third and final part of the series –Handmade Holiday Gifts!
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