Do you want to know how to make desserts from Israel? Sometimes you want to take a trip around the world in your own kitchen and there is no better way than to learn how to make desserts from Israel. Make dinner for your girlfriend tonight and show her how cultural you can be with these desserts. Just don’t tell her we told you how!
Rugelach. This sweet pastry will have her coming back for more, so make sure you make enough of this dessert from Israel!
To make rugelach you will need:
- 5 cups of flour
- 2 sticks of butter or margarine
- 2 ounces of yeast
- ¾ cups of sugar
- 3 beaten eggs
- 2 cups of milk
- 1 cup sugar and 1/3 cup cocoa mixed together
Mix yeast with tsp of the sugar, ½ cup of lukewarm milk and let it sit until the yeast begins to bubble.
- Mix everything else in except for the jam and sugar and cocoa mixture. Knead dough and let sit in fridge for twohours.
- Roll out dough flat. Take the jam and sugar/cocoa mixture and spread out on the dough.
Cut the dough into triangles and roll up the triangles just like you would a croissant.
Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until this dessert from Israel is browned.
Fruit Salad. A very easy dessert recipe from Israel is to throw together a fruit salad.
To make fruit salad you will need:
- Fresh fruit – sliced
- Lemon juice
Sprinkle Sugar and lemon juice over fruit.
- Toss fruit salad with your favorite nuts and serve with your best dishes.
Balkava. Baklava is not only an Israeli dessert but it is a popular dessert found throughout Arab countries.
To make baklava you will need:
- Phyllo sheets
- ½ a cup of almonds – chopped
- 1 ½ cups of melted butter
- ground clove
- 5 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 2 cups walnuts – chopped
- 2 cups of water
- 2 cups of sugar
- ½ cup of honey
- 3 slices orange and lemon rind
- 1 stick of cinnamon
- 2 cloves
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Lay sheets of phyllo out and brush with the butter.
- Mix the walnuts, 5 tablespoons of sugar, one teaspoon of cinnamon, and a dash of the ground clove together. Separate this mixture into thirds and spread one third onto the first layer of phyllo sheets.
- Layer more phyllo sheets on top and add more of the walnut mixture. Continue this for another layer.
Cut layered phyllo sheets into diamond sheets and cover with the rest of the melted butter. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes, then reduce to 300 degrees and cook for another hour.
Combine the water, 2 cups of sugar, ½ cup of honey, orange and lemon rind, cinnamon stick, cloves, and the lemon juice.
- Heat then simmer for 20 minutes. Strain the syrup before pouring over baked baklava.