Category: Recipes

Cheesecake for Shavuot

Cheesecake is a traditional dessert eaten during the Jewish holiday of Shavuot


  • 2 pounds cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup┬ásugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Mix together cookie crumbs, melted butter, and 1/4 cup sugar. Press mixture onto the bottom of a pan and place in freezer for 10 minutes.
3. Cream together 3/4 cup of sugar and cream cheese until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in sour cream until blended. Pour into crust.
4. Bake for 45 minutes. Turn oven off and leave cake in oven with the door slightly ajar for two hours

from Lisa Katz

Recipe Applesauce Kugel


On Rosh Hashanah it is customary to eat foods that are sweet with flavor. This symbolizes the “sweetness and good fortune” of the New Year ahead. Foods flavored with honey, apples and carrots are commonly served. The Rosh Hashanah meal begins with apple and challah dipped in honey.

Applesauce Kugel


  • 1 lb wide noodles
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup melted margarine
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 cups applesauce
  • cinnamon and sugar


  1. Cook noodles until nearly tender and drain.
  2. Beat eggs with a fork and add the sugar, vanilla, margarine, raisins, applesauce and noodles, mixing well.
  3. Pour into a large greased baking dish.
  4. Combine some cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle on top.
  5. Bake at 350 F for 1 hour or until browned on top.

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