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Chocolate Babka; Passover, Food and Memory

Chocolate Babka; Passover, Food and Memory

This post by Aaron Vallance, Wimbledon Synagogue Cookbook contributor (amongst many other accolades), first appeared on his blog 1-Dish-for-the-Road. It’s such a great article we asked him if we could reproduce it on wimshul cooks which he has kindly agreed to. Happy Passover! by Aaron Vallance Food memories. They’re possibly the most powerful memories we … Continue reading

Lovely Passover Puddings

Lovely Passover Puddings

Passover is a time for enjoying home baking and especially home baked puddings. Here are some easy-to-prepare recipes which are sure to get your family and friends asking for second helpings. Pesach Apple and Almond Pudding Stephanie Crevis This is a recipe given to me last year by my aunt who was amazed that I … Continue reading

Did you give them butter for their hands?

Did you give them butter for their hands?

Read about the wonderful daughter-mother-grandmother team that brought us a taste of a Sudanese Purim at a recent Wimshul Cooks workshop. Click on the links in the text to find the recipes. As well as making baklava and date stuffed biscuits in the session, we enjoyed a slice of Daisy’s grandmother’s busbusa which we ate whilst drinking … Continue reading

Sugar-free Lemon Kiddush Cake

Sugar-free Lemon Kiddush Cake

Lynne’s Kiddush Lemon Drizzle Cake – adapted for a diabetic diet by Alexandra Dembitz Great excitement: I had the Wimshul Cookbook in my hands.  But I had a problem: my husband, John, is diabetic and all these glorious cake recipes were not shouting ‘bake me’ as I read them. However I decided not to deprive him and … Continue reading

The Secret Ingredient in Lynne’s Lemon Drizzle Cake

The Secret Ingredient in Lynne’s Lemon Drizzle Cake

We can now reveal the secret ingredient in Lynne’s Lemon Drizzle Cake. Ingredients are given in order of quantity. Lynne’s lemon drizzle cake will be on sale at the Wimshul Cooks Cake Sale on Sunday 22nd March. If you wish to pre-order Lynne’s lemon drizzle cake (£6), please email ljsidkin@hotmail.com

A post-modern honey cake?

A post-modern honey cake?

“Dip the apple in the honey …” By Eleri Larkum What if, I mused, having passed out one day in front of Pinterest, what if, instead of apple, it was apple cake, and instead of honey, it was honey cake, and instead of dip, it was cook. “Cook the apple (cake) in the honey (cake)” … Continue reading

A cake fit for a Rabbi

A cake fit for a Rabbi

by Eleri Larkum This was, all in all, the easiest  request ever. Well, it was, once it was jokingly suggested a cake showing the rabbi hanging up her tallit. Obviously I had to tweak the commission a little, but the idea of a tallit cake took root, and here it is. As to the making, … Continue reading

Welsh Cakes and Strudel: A Barmitzvah Baking Tale

Welsh Cakes and Strudel: A Barmitzvah Baking Tale

Article by Liz Ison At the recent barmitzvah of Owen Woolf, we were treated to a really special Kiddush lovingly prepared and baked in Cardiff and personally delivered to Wimbledon Synagogue by Owen’s grandmother, Renee (pronounced Reenie). Wimshul Cooks caught up with Renee afterwards. How did you come to agree to bake for the Kiddush? … Continue reading

Hannah’s Most Dangerous Cake

Hannah’s Most Dangerous Cake

At Wimbledon Synagogue, there are great bakers and foodies of all ages, and we are really pleased to feature a cookbook written by Hannah O’Keeffe, aged 13, who had her batmitzvah in October at Wimbledon Synagogue. For her tzedakah project (carried out as part of her batmitzvah preparations focusing on the mitzvah of charity), she … Continue reading

Friday night dinner on a Monday lunchtime

Friday night dinner on a Monday lunchtime

Earlier in the year, Wimshul Cooks offered a “Vegetarian Friday Night menu” as part of Wimbledon Synagogue’s Auction of Promises. Judith from Apples and Honey Nursery bid for the meal and shared it with all the staff from the Nursery for their summer social. We weren’t going to quibble with the fact that this took … Continue reading

Shavuot Kiddush recipes

Shavuot Kiddush recipes

Wimshul Cooks set themselves the Shavuot challenge. For the Kiddush, we provided a number and variety of cheesecakes (including traditional, chocolate cheesecake and apple cheesecake with streusel topping), dairy milk brownies and Claudia’s popular, acclaimed spinach and cheese borekas. The Mount Sinai cake rightly has its own article – click here. Luckily, the congregation appeared … Continue reading

“Eat with us”

“Eat with us”

Food and community at Wimbledon & District Synagogue – circa early 1980s By Hilary Leek (as told in conversation to Liz Ison) I was on the Ladies Guild of Wimbledon Synagogue from the 1970s, a young mother when I joined, and a bit of a ‘mascot’ of the group as most of the other women … Continue reading

Kneidlach and cake

Kneidlach and cake

By Hilary Leek Here are two excellent recipes for Passover. The first is Florence Greenberg’s recipe for kneidlach which I use every year and also for Erev Rosh Hashanah. Florence was a friend of my mother from West London Synagogue, although a different generation. This is followed by a delicious and easy chocolate torte – in … Continue reading

Mother & Daughter Passover Baking

Mother & Daughter Passover Baking

At the Passover tasting morning, we found out where Lynne learnt some of her baking skills as we were lucky enough to sample her mother Miriam’s perfectly chewy almond macaroons and coconut pyramids as well as Lynne’s fluffy and light almond pudding and controversial brownies. Here are some of their favourite Passover baking recipes. By … Continue reading

Havurah Dinners

Havurah Dinners

“Havurah” means a community of friends. Havurah suppers for young families are held a few times a year at the synagogue on a Friday, after a short, family friendly Shabbat service. Each family brings a vegetarian dish to share and we often have a mix of home cooked and readymade food. To make sure everyone … Continue reading

Lynne and Kiddushim

Lynne and Kiddushim

It took a little persuasion, but Lynne – the face of Kiddushim at Wimbledon & District, a superb baker and a member of WimShul Cooks has written this for our blog: How did you get involved? Our son, Sam, was Barmitzvah in 2002 and it was shortly afterwards that I became pulled into Synagogue Community … Continue reading

“WimShul Cooks” bakes Tu B’Shevat

“WimShul Cooks” bakes Tu B’Shevat

The WimShul Cooks Tu B’Shevat Kiddush included cakes and cookies containing the seven species, raisin and banana loaf, date and fig biscuits, chocolate and date loaf, wine and spice cake. There was also a savoury platter of Persian aubergines, pine nuts and pomegranates served with a saffron and yoghurt dip. To nibble there were chocolate … Continue reading

“Seven Biblical Species” Muffins and Cookies

“Seven Biblical Species” Muffins and Cookies

Get your seven Biblical species into your baking! These muffins and cookies incorporate the seven Biblical species (barley, wheat, olive (oil), grape, fig, pomegranate, date). They were made specially for the Tu B’shevat kiddush at Wimbledon Synagogue. There were none left. Seven Biblical Species Muffins Submitted by Carra Kane I adapted this from a recipe … Continue reading

Tu B’Shevat Recipes and some Trees

Tu B’Shevat Recipes and some Trees

Here are a selection of mouth watering savoury and sweet recipes using the fruits and grains of the seven species, traditionally eaten on Tu B’Shevat, interspersed with photos of trees from the English landscape taken by Libby Hipkins. For other ideas, click here for a Biblical Hallah recipe using the seven species for Tu B’Shevat … Continue reading