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I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

A Truly Wonderful Cookbook and So Much More.....

I recently had the pleasure of reviewing a cookbook written by Judy Bart Kanigor. The book is called; “Cooking Jewish”. This book contains 532 recipes mixed with family stories and traditions that span the generations of the Rabinowitz family. The publishers and Judy herself felt that Noshtalgia shared the same sentiment when it came to the major role food plays in bringing people of all walks of life together.
While reading, I came to the realization that even though this book was based on the Rabinowitz family it could easily be speaking to the history of many families in many parts of the world. Cooking Jewish is a cookbook to be enjoyed like a fine novel while sitting in a comfortable chair, sipping a hot cup of tea, unlike most cookbooks that tend to be flip through. Even though I was drawn to so many of the recipes in this book there was one in particular that sparked many childhood memories. The recipe was for “Kichel” which in Yiddish literally means cookie. My mother loved Kichels so much that it became a ritual to purchase some almost every weekend from one of our local Jewish Deli's. My mother was a wonderful cook but could never master the art of baking, so each weekend we would go to the deli to buy some noodle kugel, chopped liver, pickled herring and a box of kichels. They were so light and sweet with the rich taste of eggs.
I encourage all to read this wonderful book, the perfect gift for family and friends.

Here is the recipe for “Egg Kichel” from Bunny Lauer
Featured in Cooking Jewish by Judy Bart Kanigor

1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
3 large eggs
½ cup of vegetable oil
2 teaspoons of sugar
½ teaspoon of baking powder
½ cup cinnamon sugar for sprinkling (stir 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon into 1 cup of granulated sugar blend well).


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees; line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Blend the flour, eggs, oil, sugar and baking powder with an electric mixer, preferably with the paddle attached, on medium speed for 5 minutes. Drop the dough by the ½ teaspoon, 2 inches apart onto the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle the cookies liberally with cinnamon-sugar.
Bake on the center oven rack for 10 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 300 degrees and bake until the cookies are puffed and brown, 15 minutes more.
Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet set on a wire rack.
Raise the heat to 400 degrees and repeat with the remaining dough. These are best eaten the day they are baked.

4 comments:

Jeena said...

I have not cooked any traditional Jewish foo yet this sounds really interesting. Anything sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar must be a wonderful treat to eat! Nice post. :-)

Julie said...

You will ove them Jeena, they are so different from a traditional cookie. They are loaded with air holes, more on the order of a cream puff.

Anonymous said...

This sounds like it would be a wonderful addition to my collection, thank you for telling us about it.

Julie said...

You are very welcome