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The International Jewish Cook Book

The International Jewish Cook Book

1600 Recipes According to the Jewish Dietary Laws with the Rules for Kashering; The Favorite Recipes of America, Austria, Germany, Russia, France, Poland, Roumania, Etc., Etc.

Author: Florence Kreisler Greenbaum

A Project Gutenberg eBook






Procure as much country or Western butter as desired, you may get

several pounds of it when it is cheap during the summer; or any butter

unfit for table use may be made sweet and good for cooking purposes and

will last for months, if prepared in the following manner: Place the

butter in a deep, iron kettle, filling only half full to prevent boiling

over. Set it on the fire where it will simmer slowly for several hours.

Watch carefully that it does not boil over. Do not stir it, but from

time to time skim it. When perfectly clear, and all the salt and

sediment has settled at the bottom, the butter is done. Set aside a few

minutes, then strain into stone jars through a fine sieve, and when cold

tie up tightly with paper and cloth. Keep in a cool, dry place.





Soak one-half ounce of yeast in one-half cup of lukewarm milk; when

dissolved put in a bowl, or round agate pan, and stir in one cup of

sifted flour, one teaspoon of sugar and one-fourth teaspoon of salt, mix

thoroughly, and put in a warm place (not hot) to rise, from one to two



When well risen, cream well together one cup of sugar and three-fourths

cup of butter, then add three eggs, five cups of sifted flour, one cup

of milk and one teaspoon of salt, mix together until light, then stir in

the risen yeast, and with a spoon work well for ten minutes, and set

aside to rise again, five or six hours or all night. Dough should not be

very stiff. When well risen it can be used for cinnamon cake, pies or

pocket books. This recipe makes one large cinnamon cake, three pies, and

about one dozen pocket books. If set at night use half the quantity of






Butter long and broad cake-pans thoroughly, roll out enough dough to

cover them, and let it rise about half an hour before baking, then brush

it well with melted butter. Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on top and some

chopped almonds. Take a small lump of butter, a very little flour, some

sugar and cinnamon and rub it between the hands until it is like lumps

of almonds, then strew on top of cakes.





Take half the kitchen dough. Roll one-half inch thick and spread well

with melted butter. Sprinkle generously with scraped maple, brown or

granulated sugar and cinnamon, then roll. Cut the roll into equal parts

about one inch thick, place close together endwise in a spider,

generously buttered, spread with one-fourth inch layer of brown, or

maple sugar. Let rise until light, and bake ten to twenty minutes in a

hot oven, a golden brown. Invert the spider, remove rolls and serve

caramel side up.





Soak one-half ounce of yeast or one cake compressed yeast in a very

little lukewarm milk; add a pinch of salt and one tablespoon of sugar,

stir it up smooth and set back of the stove to rise. In the meantime rub

a scant cup of butter and a scant cup of powdered sugar to a cream, add

gradually the yolks of four eggs, one at a time and add also the grated

peel of a lemon. Sift two cups of flour into a bowl, make a depression

in the centre, pour in, the yeast, one cup of lukewarm milk, and make a

light batter of this. Add the creamed butter and eggs and stir until it

forms blisters and leaves the bowl clean. Take one-half cup of cleaned

and seeded dark raisins and cut up some citron very fine. Dredge flour

over them before adding, and if necessary, add more flour to the dough,

which should be of the consistency of cup cake batter. Last add the

stiffly-beaten whites of the eggs. Place in a well-greased long or round

pan with tube in centre; let rise until double in bulk, and bake in

moderate oven until browned and thoroughly done.





Take one cake compressed yeast, add a pinch of salt, one tablespoon of

sugar, and about two tablespoons of lukewarm water. Stir the yeast until

it is a smooth paste and set it in a warm place to rise. Sift two and

one-half cups of flour (use the same size cup for measuring everything

you are going to use in your cake), make a depression in the centre,

stir in the yeast and a scant cup of lukewarm milk, make batter, and let

it rise until you have prepared the following: Rub one-half cup of

butter and three-fourths cup of powdered sugar to a cream, just as for

cup cake, then add gradually one egg at a time, using three altogether,

and stirring all the time in one direction. Work in the risen batter two

or three spoons at a time between each egg. Grate in the peel of a lemon

or an orange. Butter the bunt-form well (do this always before you begin

to work). Blanched almonds may be set in the grooves of the cake-form

after buttering it. Put in the dough, set it in a warm place and let it

rise for an hour and a half or two hours. Bake in a moderate oven one

full hour, covered at first.





Pour a bunt kitchen dough into long, well-buttered tins, and when baked

remove from the oven and cover thickly with boiled chocolate icing.





Take as much of the coffee cake dough as you desire, lay it on a

well-floured biscuit board and mix just enough more flour with it to

enable you to roll it out without sticking to the board. Roll out about

one-fourth inch thick and cut the dough in squares about as long as your



Beat the yolk of one egg and two tablespoons of milk together; wet each

square well with the mixture, lay one raisin in the centre (after the

seed has been removed from it), sprinkle thickly with sugar and cinnamon

mixed together, then put a small dab of butter on top. Catch the four

corners of each square together, so that the inside is protected. Lay

the pocket books, not too closely together, in a greased pan and set

aside to rise. When well risen bake in a moderately hot oven until well

baked and browned nicely.





Make a good, rich bread dough. Let it rise overnight; next morning; mix

with dough two eggs; one-half pound of butter well kneaded; stand by

fire until well risen. When risen, roll out into thin sheets and

sprinkle with chopped almonds, citron, cinnamon and plenty of brown

sugar and lumps of butter all through; roll up like jelly-roll, cut in

pieces a finger long, grease pan, stand pieces in centre, others around

and let rise before baking. Watch it well while baking.





Soak one cake of compressed yeast in a little lukewarm water or milk.

Put the yeast in a cup, add two tablespoons of lukewarm water, a pinch

of salt and one tablespoon of sugar, stir it up well with a spoon and

set back of the stove to rise. Rub one-half cup of butter to a cream,

add one-third cup of powdered sugar and stir constantly in one

direction. Add the yolks of four eggs, one at a time, and the grated

peel of a lemon. Sift two cups of flour into a bowl, make a depression

in the centre of the flour, pour in the yeast and one cup of lukewarm

milk. Stir and make a light batter of this. Add the creamed butter and

eggs, stir until it forms blisters and leaves the bowl clean; one-half

cup of dark raisins, one-half cup of pounded almonds and a little

citron, cut up very fine, and last the stiff-beaten whites of the eggs.

Fill your cake forms which have been well-greased, set in a warm place

to rise until double in bulk, about forty-five minutes, and bake in a

moderate oven forty-five minutes. Fill the centre with whipped cream and

serve with rum sauce.





Prepare the yeast as above; cream a scant cup of butter with four

tablespoons of sugar, the grated peel of a lemon, add five eggs, one at

a time, stirring each egg a few minutes before you add the next. Have

ready two cups of sifted flour and add two spoonfuls between each egg

until all is used. Make a soft dough of the yeast, a scant cup of

lukewarm milk, add two spoonfuls between each egg until all is used up,

a pinch of salt, and one cup of flour. Let it rise for fifteen minutes.

Now mix all well, rub the form with butter, and blanch one-half cup of

almonds, cut into long strips and strew all over the form. Fill in the

mixture or cake batter, let it rise two hours and bake very slowly.





Roll out a piece of dough large enough to cover your whole baking-board,

roll thin. Let it rise until you have prepared the filling; grind one

cup of black poppy seed in a coffee-mill as tight as possible and clean

it well, throw away the first bit you grind so as not to have the coffee

taste; put it on to boil with one cup of milk, add two tablespoons of

butter, one-half cup of seeded raisins, one-half cup of walnuts or

almonds chopped up fine, two tablespoons of molasses or syrup, and a

little citron cut up fine. When thick, set it away to cool, and if not

sweet enough add more sugar and flavor with vanilla. When this mixture

has cooled, spread on the dough which has risen by this time. Take up

one corner and roll it up, into a long roll, like a jelly-roll, put in a

greased pan and let it rise an hour, then spread butter on top and bake

very slowly. Let it get quite brown, so as to bake through thoroughly.

When cold cut up in slices, as many as you are going to use at one time






Take coffee cake dough. Let the dough rise again; for an hour, spread

with a poppy seed mixture, after cutting into squares, fold into

triangles and pinch the edges together. Lay in well-buttered pans, about

two inches apart, and let them rise again, spread with poppy seed

filling. Take one-half pound of poppy seed (mohn) which have previously

been soaked in milk and then ground, add one-quarter of a pound of sugar

and the yolks of three eggs. Stir this all together in one direction

until quite thick and then stir in the beaten whites to which you must

add two ounces of sifted flour and one-quarter of a pound of melted

butter. Fill the tartlets and bake. The poppy seed filling in Mohn Roley

Poley may be used in the Mohn Wachtel if so desired.





Line a deep pie-plate with a thin sheet of kuchen dough, let it rise

about half an hour, then fill with a poppy seed filling same as used

with Mohn Wachtel. Fill the pie-plates and bake.





Roll coffee cake dough out quite thin, spread with melted butter (a

brush is best for this purpose). Let it rise a little while, then

sprinkle well with one cup of sugar, add one-half pound of ground poppy

seed moistened with one-half cup of water, cut into strips about an inch

wide and four-inches long; roll and put in a well-buttered pan to rise,

leaving enough space between each and brush, with butter. Bake in

moderate oven at first, then increase the heat; bake slowly.





Take one and one-half cups of flour, a pinch of salt sifted into a deep

bowl, one cup of lukewarm milk and three-fourths cake of compressed

yeast which has been, dissolved in a little warm water and sugar. Stir

into a dough, cover with a towel and set away in a warm place to rise.

When well risen, take one-half cup of butter, one cup of sugar, a little

salt and rub to a cream. Add two eggs well beaten, stir all well and

add the risen dough, one teaspoon of salt and work in gradually five

cups of sifted flour and the grated peel of a lemon. Stir the dough till

it blisters and leaves the dish perfectly clean at the sides. Let the

dough rise slowly for about two hours (all yeast dough is better if it

rises slowly). Take a large baking-board, flour well and roll out the

dough on it as thin as a double thickness of pasteboard. When it is all

rolled out, cut with a round cutter the size of a tumbler. When all the

dough has been cut out, beat up an egg. Spread the beaten egg; on the

edge of each cake (spread only a few at a time for they would get too

dry if all were done at once). Then put one-half teaspoon of marmalade,

jam or jelly on the cake. Put another cake on top of one already spread,

having cut it with a cutter a little bit smaller than the one used in

the first place. This makes them stick better and prevents the preserves

coming out while cooking. Set all away on a floured board or pan about

two inches apart. Spread the top of each cake with melted butter and let

them rise from one to two hours. When ready to fry, heat at least two

pounds of rendered butter or any good vegetable oil in a deep iron

kettle. Try the butter with a small piece of dough. If it rises

immediately, put in the doughnuts. In putting them in, place the side

that is up on the board down in the hot butter. Do not crowd them in the

kettle as they require room to rise and spread. Cover them with a lid.

In a few seconds uncover. If they are light brown, turn them over on the

other side but do not cover them again. When done they will have a white

stripe around the centre. Take them up with a perforated skimmer, lay on

a large platter, sprinkle with pulverized sugar. If the butter gets too

hot take from the fire a minute. These are best eaten fresh.


The doughnuts may be baked in moderately hot oven and when half done

glazed with sugar and white of egg.





Take one-half ounce of yeast, mix with a little scalded milk which has

cooled to lukewarm, one-half cup of flour and put aside in a warm place

to rise. Allow two cups of scalded milk to become lukewarm. Add one

pound of flour (four cups sifted flour) to the risen sponge, then the

two cups of milk, mix these very well, cover with a cloth and put aside

in a warm place to rise. Take one pound of sweet pot cheese, a pinch of

salt, three egg yolks, rind of one lemon, one-half cup of light colored

raisins and sugar to taste; mix very well and add the beaten whites and

mix thoroughly. When the dough is very well risen, place on a pastry

board, roll out and spread with melted butter, fold these edges over to

the middle, then the top and bottom over, roll again and spread with

butter, fold all sides in once more, roll, spread with butter, repeat

the folding, roll out to one-half inch thickness, cut in three-inch

squares, place a tablespoon of the cheese mixture in the centre of each

square, fold over opposite corners, spread egg white over the top of

each pocket, let rise fifteen minutes or one-half hour and bake in a hot

oven; when they are well risen, lower heat and bake to a golden brown.

This will make about thirty cakes. The dough in the above may be used

with the following filling:


Boil and stone one-half pound of prunes, mash to a pulp, sweeten, add

the grated peel of a lemon, some cinnamon, etc., and put one teaspoon of

this into each square. Take up the corners, fasten them firmly, also

pinch all along the edges and lay in a buttered pan, let them rise half

an hour before baking. Spread them with melted butter, and bake a nice






Make the dough same as for Berliner Pfannkuchen, and when well risen

roll out on a floured board one-half inch thick, cut in triangles, lay

on floured dishes or board to rise. When well risen, drop into a deep

kettle of boiling butter and with a spoon baste with the butter until

brown; remove with a perforated skimmer and sprinkle with powdered






Into a large bowl sift one pound of fine flour. Make a depression in the

centre and pour into it one yeast cake dissolved in a little milk. Let

this remain until the milk and yeast have risen a little. Stir in the

surrounding flour together with three well-beaten eggs, a quarter of a

pound of butter, six ounces of sugar, a pinch of salt and two cups of

lukewarm milk. Knead the whole into a smooth dough.


Roll this out very lightly on a well-floured board, brush over with a

feather dipped in melted butter and strew thickly with chopped almonds,

sultanas and currants. Next fold over about three fingers' width of the

dough. Brush the upper surface of this fold with melted butter and strew

with mixed fruit and almonds. Fold over again and repeat the operation

until the whole of the dough is folded up in layer somewhat resembling

a flattened, roley poley pudding. Brush the top well with another

feather dipped in beaten egg and cut the whole into thick slices or

fingers. Let them stand for half an hour and then bake for an hour in a

rather slow oven.





This German coffee cake is made by kneading into a pint of bread dough

one well-beaten egg, one-half cup of sugar, and a generous tablespoon of

butter. The mixture is rolled flat, placed in a shallow pan, let rise

again until very light, sprinkled with finely chopped nuts, dusted over

with sugar and cinnamon and baked in a quick oven.





Make kuchen dough. Add a little cinnamon and mace and one teaspoon of

anise seed, well pounded, or flavor to taste. Let rise till very light,

then take out on mixing board and roll out to about one-half inch in

thickness. Cut in rounds three inches in diameter and lay on a

well-buttered pan, pressing down the centre of each so as to raise a

ridge around the edge. When well risen, brush the top over with

stiffly-beaten white of an egg and sprinkle with granulated sugar.





Scald one-half cup of milk and when lukewarm add to one cake of

compressed yeast. Add one-fourth cup of sugar, one-fourth cup of melted

butter, one-half teaspoon of salt and three eggs unbeaten, one-half

teaspoon of powdered anise and enough flour to handle. Let rise until

light. Make into oblong rolls the length of middle finger and place

together in a buttered pan in parallel rows, two inches apart. Let rise

again and bake twenty minutes. When cold, cut in one-half inch slices

and brown evenly in the oven.





Cream one-half cup of butter, add five yolks, two tablespoons of sugar,

grated rind of a lemon, one cup of thick sour cream and one ounce or two

cakes of yeast dissolved with a little sugar in two tablespoons of

lukewarm milk. Stir all together and add three cups of flour; mix and

drop from end of teaspoon on well-greased pans. Let rise until light in

a warm place. Place a raisin or cherry on the top of each cake, spread

with beaten white of egg, sprinkle with sugar and bake ten minutes in a

hot oven.





Mix one cup of sugar, one cup of eggs (about five), and one cup of sour

cream with enough flour to roll. Toss on board, roll out one-fourth inch

thick, spread with a thin layer of butter, fold the dough over, roll and

spread again; repeat three or four times, using altogether three-fourths

pound of brick butter. Then place dough in a bowl, cover, and let stand

on ice to harden. Then roll as thin as possible, strew with one cup of

chopped almonds, sugar and cinnamon, and cut into seven-inch strips.

Roll each strip separately into a roll, cut into squares and strew top

with chopped almonds, sugar and cinnamon. Bake in a hot oven.





Dissolve one ounce of yeast in one-half cup of lukewarm milk, a pinch of

salt and one tablespoon of sugar, set away in a warm place to rise. Sift

one pound of flour into a deep bowl and make a dough of one cup of

lukewarm milk and the yeast. Set it away until you have prepared the

following: Rub a quarter of a pound of butter and four ounces of sugar

to a cream, adding yolks of three eggs and one whole egg. Add this to

the dough and work well. Let it rise about one hour, then roll out on a

well-floured board, just as you would for cookies and let it rise again

for at least one-half hour. Spread with beaten whites of eggs, raisins,

almonds and citron. Cut dough into triangles. Pinch the edges together.

Lay them in well-buttered pans about two inches apart and let then rise

again. Then spread again with stiff-beaten whites of eggs and lay a few

pounded almonds on each one. Bake a light yellow.





Roll out coffee cake dough quite thin and let it rise half an hour,

brush with melted butter and make a filling of the following: Grate some

lebkuchen or plain gingerbread; add one-half cup of almonds or nuts, one

cup of seeded raisins and one cup of cleaned currants. Strew these all

over the dough together with some brown sugar and a little syrup. Spice

with cinnamon and roll. Spread with butter and let it rise for an hour.

Bake brown.





Make dough same as for Wiener Kipfel. Roll it out quite thin on a

well-floured board and let it rise. Cut also into triangles (before you

cut them, spread with melted butter). Mix one cup of chopped fresh

walnuts with one cup of brown sugar, juice of a lemon, or grind the

nuts; add cream to make a paste, sugar to taste and flavor with vanilla,

and fill the triangles with the mixture. Take up the three corners and

pinch together tightly. Set in well-buttered pans and let them rise

again and spread or brush each one with melted butter. Bake a light






Take coffee cake dough, add one-fourth cup of washed currants. Let rise

in warm place, then toss on floured board. Divide into three or four

equal parts, roll each part into a long strand and work the strands

together to form one large braid. Place braid in form of a circle in

greased baking-pan or twist the braid to resemble the figure eight,

pretzel shape. Let rise again in a warm place and bake in a moderate

oven one-half hour or until thoroughly done. Brush with beaten eggs and

sugar, sprinkle with a few chopped almonds. Return to oven to brown






Sift two pounds of flour into a bowl and set a sponge in it with one

cake of compressed yeast, one teaspoon of salt, one pint of lukewarm

milk and one tablespoon of sugar. When this has risen, add one-half

pound of creamed butter, a quarter of a pound of seeded raisins and

one-quarter of a pound of sugar, yolks of four eggs, four ounces of

powdered almonds, and the grated peel of a lemon. Work all well, beating

with the hands, not kneading. Let this dough rise at least three hours,

roll, press down the centre and fold over double, then form into one or

two long loaves, narrow at the end. Brush the top with melted butter,

let rise again and bake three-quarters of an hour in a moderate oven.





After the pan is greased with butter, roll out a piece of dough quite

thin, lay it in the pan, press a rim out of the dough all around the pan

and let it rise for about ten minutes. Pare five large apples, core and

quarter them, dipping each piece in melted butter before laying on the

cake, sprinkle bountifully with sugar (brown being preferable to white

for this purpose) and cinnamon. See that you have tart apples. Leave the

cake in the pans and cut out the pieces just as you would want to serve

them. If they stick to the pan, set the pan on top of the hot stove for

a minute and the cake will then come out.





Take one and one-half cups of cheese, rub smooth with a silver or wooden

spoon through a colander or sieve, then rub a piece of sweet butter the

size of an egg to a cream, add gradually one-half cup of sugar and the

yolks of three eggs, a pinch of salt, grate in the peel of a lemon,

one-half cup of cleaned currants and a little citron cut up very fine.

Line two pie-plates with some kuchen dough or pie dough (See "Coffee

Cakes (Kuchen)"), roll it out quite thin, butter the pie-plates quite

heavily, and let the dough in them rise at least a quarter of an hour

before putting in the cheese mixture, for it must be baked immediately

after the cheese is put in, and just before you put the cheese into the

plates whip up the whites of the eggs to a very stiff froth and stir

through the cheese mixture.





Line a cake-pan, which has been well-buttered, with a thin layer of

kuchen dough. Stone two pounds of cherries and lay them on a sieve with

a dish underneath to catch the juice. Sprinkle sugar over them and bake.

In the meantime beat up four eggs with a cup of sugar, beat until light

and add the cherry juice. Draw the kuchen to the oven door, pour this

mixture over it and bake.





Grease your cake-pans thoroughly with good clarified butter, then line

them with a rich coffee cake dough which has been rolled very thin and

set in a warm place to rise. Then pare and quarter enough peaches to

cover the dough. Lay the peaches in rows and sweeten and set in oven to

bake. Make a meringue quickly as possible and pour over the cakes and

bake a light brown.





Line a greased biscuit-pan with some of the coffee cake dough. Roll the

dough thin and let it come up on the sides of the pan, then set aside to

rise. When risen, cut the prunes in halves (they must be the fresh ones,

not dried), lay in rows thickly and close together all over the bottom

of the pan, do not leave any space between the prunes. Sprinkle very

thickly with sugar, lightly with cinnamon, and lay bits of fresh butter

all over the top. Bake until done in a moderately hot oven.





Line one or two plates with a thin roll of kuchen dough and let it rise

again in the pans which have been heavily greased. Have some prunes

boiled very soft, take out the kernels, mash them until like mush,

sweeten to taste, add cinnamon and grated peel of a lemon or lemon

juice, put in the lined pie-plates and bake immediately. Serve with

whipped cream, sweetened and flavored.





Line your cake-pans, which should be long and narrow, with a rich kuchen

dough, having previously greased them well. Make a paste of cornstarch,

one cup of milk, one tablespoon of butter and one teaspoon of cornstarch

wet with cold milk. Boil until thick, sweeten and flavor with vanilla

and spread on top of the cake dough, then sprinkle thickly with

huckleberries which have been carefully picked, sugared and sprinkled

with ground cinnamon. Bake in a quick oven.





Clean, pick and wash two cups of huckleberries, then drain them. Beat

yolk of one egg and two tablespoons of sugar until light, add one

tablespoon of milk, then the drained berries. Line one pie-plate with

rich pastry or cookie dough, pour on it the berry mixture, put in the

oven and bake light brown; remove from the oven, spread with a meringue

made of the white of the egg beaten stiff, and two tablespoons of sugar

added. Brown nicely. The white can be beaten with the yolk and sugar, if


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