After the shofar is blown to signal the end of Yom Kippur, it’s customary to break the fast with a cup of tea, cookies and jam before sitting down to a full meal. Below, I’ve listed a few recipes for cookies that are perfect for breaking the fast.
The single most important ingredient of these break-thefast cookies are almonds, since they are delicious and have such a rich flavor. First, you have the light-colored hard shell. Once you crack open the shell, you get to the almond itself with the thin dark peel that comes off only if you bake them or boil them in water. Only then do you encounter the ivory white meat of the almond in all its glory.
So many different desserts with varying textures can be made with almonds. They can be ground, crushed, sliced and spread. When you take a bite of a dessert that was created with almonds, the goodness spreads throughout your whole body.
Anyone who fasts knows that by the end of Yom Kippur you are physically and emotionally exhausted. Eating desserts made with almonds at the end of the fast is a great way to replenish our bodies and our souls.
Gmar hatima tova.
ALMOND LEMON TORTE
Of all the cookies I’ve eaten over the years to break the fast after Yom Kippur, my favorite has always been a torte that is cooked in a wonder pot. Sometimes they are made with lemon or orange. The following is a recipe my mother used to prepare when I was young.
Cook in a tall wonder pot.
6 large eggs, separated 1½ cups sugar
1 packet vanilla sugar
1 tsp. lemon zest
1 cup flour, sifted
½ cup almond flour 3 heaping Tbsp. lemon juice
½ cup sliced almonds
In the bowl of an electric mixer, add the egg whites and beat at high speed. Gradually add the sugar and vanilla sugar while mixing. Continue mixing until stiff peaks form. Gradually add egg yolks and mix until smooth.
Fold in lemon zest gently. Then fold in the flour, almond flour and lemon juice. Gently mix and then pour batter into a greased pan. Bake in an oven that has been preheated to 180° for 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out dry. Let cool.