Time in the Kitchen Before Time in the Synagogue

We Jews are heading for the holiday of Rosh HaShana (the Jewish new year). Shabbat comes right after that, so the women are right now starting the marathon of cooking. (I’ve been baking and freezing things for a while yet, but most of the cooking can’t be done so far in advance.)

There are some things that people can do on the holiday itself to prepare food (the Jewish laws for holidays and for the Sabbath are a bit different when it comes to preparing food), but since I don’t have little children, I can spend the whole morning in the synagogue, and I prefer to do that than to cook. This means that all of the meals have to be prepared ahead of time.

This month’s Kosher Cooking Carnival has a lot of tips and good recipes.  I am making the following chocolate mousse (inherited from my mother-in-law) for dessert. It is convenient since you can make it ahead and freeze. Just remember to take it out of the freezer when serving the main course, so it is “melted” enough to serve.

8 oz. semisweet chocolate (226 grams)

1 teaspoon coffee (for those who love the coffee flavor, you can increase to 1 tablespoon)

1/4 cup boiling water

8 eggs, separated

2/3 cup sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

pinch salt

Melt chocolate in a double boiler, or in the microwave. Dissolve coffee in boiling water. Beat egg yolks and add sugar gradually. Add coffee and chocolate when the yolks are lemon colored (which is difficult to tell in Israel as the eggs are very orange to begin with!). Add vanilla.

In a clean bowl, with clean dry beaters, whip whites with salt until very stiff. Gently fold in half of the egg whites into the mixture to lighten it. Then pour egg yolk mixture over remaining egg whites and fold gently together.



3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Batya
    Sep 26, 2011 @ 15:26:32

    Now’s the time to cook, yes, so we can enjoy the spiritual aspects of Rosh Hashannah. Chag Sameach

  2. sarah
    Oct 05, 2011 @ 21:10:08

    Bless you for this recipe!! Yummy and easy…..

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