Shavuot: Cheesecake Time and Much Much More

Monday Morning Cooking Club’s Shavuot 2018

Next weekend we celebrate the Jewish festival of Shavuot. We know it well as a time to eat dairy products. It is a time where many Jewish people all over the world fress (eat with abandon!) cheesecake and cheese blintzes. Any opportunity!

There are a number of reasons offered as to WHY.  The main one is that at the time Moses received the 10 commandments on Mount Sinai, it was Sabbath in the desert, and the new rules meant the meat they had already prepared for eating was not in fact kosher and they had no choice but to eat a dairy meal. (There are several other compelling reasons which you can read about by googling the question…)

But on this page, we are focussing on the food. As we love to say, it’s always about the food. It’s quite funny how things morph over time. We can imagine that centuries ago, a simple dairy meal would suffice. Now there are books, articles, blogs, competitions . . . all about the BEST cheesecake recipe or giving 8000 versions of cheesecake.

At the Monday Morning Cooking Club, we think we’ve done some of the hard work for you. Our years of research, testing and eating (yes it was so difficult, but someone has to do it) has produced the recipes for some of the best Shavuot recipes that can be found. Not to say that there aren’t still some great ones out there not yet discovered, but these ones are truly tried, tested and simply EXCELLENT. And we are honoured that ‘our’  wonderful cooks have chosen to share these recipes with us and with the world.

In our first book  Monday Morning Cooking Club (2011) we have superb cheese blintzes from Melanie Knep,  ricotta lokshen kugel from Natanya (complete with beautiful video) and two types of cheese cake, a South African one from Lauren and a Hungarian version from Eva Grunstein.

In The Feast Goes Onwe also have a few Shavuot options: Judy Kaye’s sour cherry slice (we will be sharing the recipe on our instagram this week) and Paula’s melktert. And of course Suzanne Goldberg’s wonderful ricotta cheesecake, on this page.

In our third book, It’s Always About the Foodwe have (savoury) egg strata pudding (p. 194) and Anglesey eggs (p. 197) and (sweet) Passionfruit (p. 222) and Lime (p. 223) ice cream and peaches with seekhund (p. 216).

 

 

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  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and line a 28 cm springform cake tin or a 24 cm square cake tin.
  2. Using an electric mixer, whisk the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the cheese and beat until smooth, then add the remaining ingredients and beat until well combined.
  3. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 1 hour, or until golden and puffy. The cake will rise during baking, then fall once cooled.

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  1. Leslie in Israel

    Hi, I do not know what you mean by custard powder. Is this a pudding mix, cream of tartar..? Please advise. Thanks

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This is a wonderful and easy-to-bake and even easier-to-eat Romanian cheesecake loaf made with white cheese (farm or ricotta) and golden polenta. You just have to try it straight out of the oven with a dollop of sour cream - beyond delicious! Find the full recipe for our Romanian Malai from the kitchen of Debbie @delen_catering (which also appears in Now for Something Sweet) below.

INGREDIENTS
3 eggs
230 g (1 cup) caster (superfine) sugar
60 ml (1/4 cup) oil, plus extra for greasing
500 g (1 lb 2 oz) farm (or dry cottage) cheese, chopped
125 g (scant 3/4 cup) polenta
finely grated zest of 1/2 an orange or lemon
1/4 teaspoon salt
sour cream, to serve

METHOD
Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease a loaf tin generously.

Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs with the sugar until pale and creamy.

With the mixer on low, pour in the oil and beat until combined. Add the cheese and beat well then add the polenta, lemon zest and salt.

Continue to beat until well combined. Don’t be concerned if you can still see lumps of cheese.

Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 45 minutes .

Serve warm or at room temperature with a dollop of sour cream.

Makes 1 loaf.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge..
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