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Individual Candle Salad

Individual Candle Salad

Eleri Larkum On my last day of Hanukkah historical reconstruction baking, my true love baked for me: INDIVIDUAL CANDLE SALAD Yes, we’re back to the 1950s today. It’s just for one, as the title suggests, and presumably, once you’ve served this up at a Hanukkah feast, you’ll be dining alone from then on.     … Continue reading

A 1916 Plum Cake, Rich, for Hanucah

A 1916 Plum Cake, Rich, for Hanucah

By Eleri Larkum On the third day of Hanucah, my True Love baked for me: A PLUM CAKE, RICH, FOR HANUCAH. When Liz sent me this recipe, from her grandmother’s 1916 cookbook, Dainty Dinners and Dishes for Jewish Families by May Henry and Kate Halford, I must say I was intrigued – primarily by the commas. There’s something quite … Continue reading

Happy First Day of Hanukkah

Happy First Day of Hanukkah

By Eleri Larkum Today’s recipe comes from Like Mama Used to Make  – a cookbook produced by the Women of the Ann Arbor Chapter of Hadassah in 1952. A revised English edition was made at some point, and was probably lurking on a bookshelf of your childhood – my mother-in-law’s copy is spread before me … Continue reading

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

Love that Hallah

Love that Hallah

Photos of Eleri Larkum’s heart shaped hallah in the making – much enjoyed at the Young Families havurah meal on Valentine’s evening.  

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

Abraham’s Tent – a Welcome Confection

Abraham’s Tent – a Welcome Confection

How does Wimbledon Synagogue do hospitality? This Saturday was a “Welcome Shabbat”, a Shabbat for all our members, but especially in honour of those newer to the community. The date was chosen specially because in this week’s parashah we hear the first story of hospitality in the Torah. Abraham welcomes three strangers to his tent. … Continue reading

Eleri’s Mount Sinai Cake

Eleri’s Mount Sinai Cake

Mount Sinai Cake by Eleri Larkum Prepared for WimShul Cooks’ Shavuot Kiddush on Wednesday – don’t miss it! To quote Eleri’s husband, David, “Cake and lego, what could be better. Amazing”   For more of Eleri’s festival cakes, click here or follow the category on the right. For more photos and recipes from the Shavuot kiddush, … Continue reading

The making of the House of Matzah

The making of the House of Matzah

By Eleri Larkum (See also the post The House of Matzah) I’m not sure if anyone would want to make this – but having made one, I find them strangely compelling. Especially the Martha Stewart connection… I started with the instructions on the Martha Stewart website, and made myself a cardboard house (this is the … Continue reading

The House of Matzah

The House of Matzah

WimShul Cooks held a “Get innovative with Matzah” morning in March. Eleri’s “House of Matzah” topped the bill. See how she made it. For other recipes from the morning, please click the links at the bottom of this page. And for Eleri’s previous triumphs, click for the gingerbread dreidel and the edible Sukkah. Any suggestions … Continue reading

Eleri’s Edible Sukkah

Eleri’s Edible Sukkah

Submitted by Eleri Larkum (of Gingerbread dreidel fame). Here’s my recipe for best ever biscuits for icing. I love it, in the way that many people love Nigella’s recipe for vanilla biscuits, because it works perfectly every time. The baking time is approximate – I leave them in for as long as I can to … Continue reading

“Magic Red” Cake

For a bit of kosher alchemy, bake this cake as recommended by Eleri Larkum… “Magic Red” Cake The real name of this cake is Beetroot Seed Cake – it’s a Nigel Slater recipe, and is utterly delicious, whether or not beetroot is your thing. Think carrot cake, if you’re still not sure, but slightly more … Continue reading