Passover Kugel

Here’s another Passover dish called Kugel. According to Wikipedia, kugel was traditionally a savory pudding made from egg noodles or potatoes. At some point, different regional tastes created sweet kugel with the addition of sugar and cinnamon. This particular one calls for fruits and nuts. The name comes from the early shape which was a … Continue reading

Passover Mondel Bread

Alternately spelled “mandel,” this recipe is for a traditional cookie also called Mandelbrot. Mandel bread is a Jewish baked good similar to biscotti in its crunchy consistency. They were popular with Askenazi Jews and rabbis in Eastern Europe due to it being durable and long lasting. There are variations including cinnamon, chocolate chips and nuts. … Continue reading

Festive Oat Fruitcake

Ok, last one, I promise! I couldn’t pass up this fruitcake recipe that calls for oatmeal. All the variations on fruitcake may be why they have such a bad reputation now – seems like everyone was trying to differentiate themselves with a new twist on fruitcake. I have only really had the type my great-grandmother … Continue reading

Small Fruitcakes

This recipe calls for Angelica, an ingredient I had never heard of before this. So what is Angelica? As it turns out, it’s somewhat like celery. Sounds weird, right?! I read it described as a combination of flavors from celery, anise and juniper. Apparently, this is much more well known in Europe as that’s where … Continue reading

Stained Glass Window Fruit Cake

There are so very many recipes for fruitcake, I can’t get them all posted before Christmas! But that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to enjoy it through the year. In some areas, fruitcake and puddings are enjoyed between Christmas and Easter, and the traditional wedding cake in England was fruitcake, no matter the time of … Continue reading