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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

*COOKIES*

 

 

In baking small cakes and cookies, grease the pans. If the pans cool

before you can take off the cookies, set back on stove for a few

moments. The cakes will then slip off easily. Sponge, drop cakes, anise

cakes, etc., are better baked on floured pans.

 

A whole raisin, an almond blanched, a piece of citron or half a walnut

may be used to decorate.

 

A good way to glaze is, when cookies are about baked, rub over with a

brush dipped in sugar and water and return to oven a moment.

 

 

FILLED BUTTER CAKES (DUTCH STUFFED MONKEYS)

 

Make a paste by working three-fourths pound of butter into one pound of

flour, with three-fourths pound of light brown sugar, one egg, one

teaspoon of cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.

 

Next mix one-half pound of finely chopped citron peel with one-half

pound of ground almonds, and three ounces of butter. Then flavor with

one-half teaspoon of vanilla and bind with the yolks of two eggs.

 

Roll out the dough and divide into two parts. Place one-half on a

well-buttered flat pan and spread the mixture over it and cover with the

other half of the paste. Brush with beaten egg, sprinkle with poppy seed

and bake in a moderately quick oven for one-half hour. When done let

cool and then cut into square or oblong pieces.

 

The butter cakes may be made of one layer of dough sprinkled with citron

and almonds and some poppy seed.

 

 

SUGAR COOKIES

 

In a mixing bowl put a cup of sweet butter and two cups of granulated

sugar; beat these ingredients to a cream, then add three eggs, grated

lemon rind, and four tablespoons of brandy. Beat the added ingredients

thoroughly with the others till the mixture is smooth and creamy. Sift

three cups of flour in a big bowl with a teaspoon of salt and three

teaspoons of baking-powder; stir this a little at a time in the bowl

with the other ingredients, until the mixture is a light dough, just

stiff enough to roll out. If there is not enough flour, sift more in to

make the dough the desired stiffness; then dust the pastry board well

with flour, put part of the dough on the board, toss it lightly with

your hands from side to side till the dough is covered with flour. Then

dust the rolling-pin well with flour and roll the dough very thin; cut

it in shapes with a cookie cutter, lift each cookie up carefully with a

pancake turner, slip them quickly in a big baking-pan, the inside of

which has been well rubbed with flour, and bake them in a moderate oven

till light brown.

 

Just a moment before taking the pan out of the oven sprinkle the surface

of the cookies lightly with granulated sugar. When a little cool take

the cookies out of the pan with the pancake turner and lay them on a big

platter. When they are cold put the cookies in a stone crock.

 

It is a good plan to have two or three baking-pans so, while one panful

is baking, another may be filled and be ready to put in the oven when

the other is removed. Only put enough dough on the pastry board at a

time to roll out nicely on it.

 

 

OLD-FASHIONED HAMBURGER COOKIES

 

Take one pound of butter one pound of sugar, yolks of six eggs,

hard-boiled, and flour enough to make a dough that is not too stiff.

 

Dissolve three cents worth of ammonia (hartshorn) in scalded milk. Place

the ammonia in a large bowl and pour one cup of scalding milk over it.

After this has cooled add it to the dough with one-half cup of cold

milk. Flavor to taste. Flour the pans and the cookie dough. Roll and

proceed as with sugar cookies.

 

 

MOTHER'S DELICIOUS COOKIES (MERBER KUCHEN)

 

Take ten boiled eggs and two raw ones, one pound of best butter, half a

pound of almonds, one lemon, some cinnamon one wineglass of brandy, one

pound of pulverized sugar and about one pound and a half of flour. This

quantity makes one hundred cookies, and like fruit cake, age improves

them, in other words, the older the better. Now to begin with: Set a

dish of boiling water on the stove, when it boils hard, break the eggs

carefully, one at a time, dropping the whites in a deep porcelain dish,

and set away in a cool place. Take each yolk as you break the egg and

put it in a half shell, and lay it in the boiling water until you have

ten boiling. When boiled hard take them up and lay them on a plate to

cool. In the meantime, cream the butter with a pound of pulverized

sugar, add the grated peel of a lemon, a teaspoon of cinnamon and half

of the almonds, which have been blanched and pounded or grated (reserve

the other half for the top of the cookies, which should not be grated,

but pounded). Add the hard-boiled yolks, which must be grated, and the

two raw eggs, sift in the flour, and add the brandy. Beat up the whites

of the twelve eggs very stiff, add half to the dough, reserving the

other half, but do not make the dough stiff, as it should be so rich

that you can hardly handle it. Flour the baking-board well, roll out

about an eighth of an inch thick. Now spread with the reserved whites of

eggs, reserving half again, as you will have to roll out at least twice

on a large baking-board. Sprinkle well with the pounded almonds after

you have spread the beaten whites of the eggs on top, also sugar and

cinnamon. Cut with a cookie-cutter. Have at least five large pans

greased ready to receive them. See that you have a good fire. Time to

bake, five to ten minutes. Pack them away when cold in a stone jar or

tin cake-box. These cookies will keep a long time.

 

 

VANILLA COOKIES

 

Rub one cup of butter and one cup of sugar to a cream; add two eggs and

two level teaspoons of baking-powder, flour enough to make a dough.

Flavor with vanilla, roll very thin, spread with beaten white of egg and

sugar. Proceed as for sugar cookies.

 

 

OLD-FASHIONED MOLASSES COOKIES

 

Put in a mixing bowl one generous cup of butter which has stood in a

warm place until quite soft; add two cups of New Orleans molasses; whip

these ingredients to a foam; then add two teaspoons of powdered ginger,

one teaspoon of powdered cinnamon and grate in half a large nutmeg; stir

these spices well through the mixture; then dissolve two teaspoons of

baking-soda in half a cup of hot water; stir it through the mixture, and

last, stir in enough sifted flour to make a light dough just stiff

enough to roll out.

 

Dust the pastry board well with flour and rub the rolling-pin well with

flour; then flour the hands well, take out some of the dough, put it on

the pastry board, quickly roll it out to the thickness of a quarter of

an inch; cut the dough out with a round cutter, with or without

scallops, and put them in well-floured baking-pans and bake in a slow

oven till a golden brown.

 

 

SOUR MILK COOKIES

 

Take one cup of butter, one cup of sugar, two or three eggs, and

two-thirds of a cup of sour milk. Dissolve a teaspoon of soda in a

little hot water; add part of it at a time to the milk until it foams as

you stir it. Be careful not to get in too much. Mix up soft only using

flour sufficient to roll out thin. A teaspoon of cardamom seed may be

sprinkled into the dough.

 

 

HUNGARIAN ALMOND COOKIES

 

Scant one-quarter of a pound of almonds, blanched and grated; scant

one-half pound of sweet butter; not quite three-quarters of a pound of

flour; a little sugar and a pinch of salt, and two yolks. Mix this well,

pound the dough well with the rolling-pin, then roll out not too thin.

Bake.

 

 

NUTMEG CAKES (PFEFFERNUESSE)

 

Sift one pound of flour and one pound of pulverized sugar into a large

bowl, four eggs, a piece of citron grated or chopped very fine, also the

peel of a lemon, one whole nutmeg grated, one tablespoon of ground

cinnamon, one-half teaspoon of ground cloves, and half a teaspoon of

allspice. Mix all thoroughly in a deep bowl. Sift a heaping teaspoon of

baking-powder in with the flour. Work into little balls as large as

hickory nuts with buttered or floured hands. Bake on waxed or buttered

tins, an inch apart.

 

 

ANISE SEED COOKIES (SPRINGELE)

 

Four eggs, not separated, but thoroughly beaten, then add one and

one-half cups of granulated sugar, and beat for thirty minutes; add two

heaping cups of flour and fourteen drops of anise seed oil; drop from a

teaspoon on well-buttered pans, and bake in a moderate oven. It will

improve them to let them stand from two to three hours in the pans

before baking.

 

 

CARDAMOM COOKIES

 

Boil six eggs hard. When cold shell and grate the yolks (reserve the

whites for salads or to garnish vegetables), add one-half pound of

sugar, the grated peel of a lemon and one-half wineglass of brandy. Stir

in one-half pound of butter which has been worked to a cream. Sift in as

much flour as you think will allow you to roll out the dough; take as

little as possible, a little over half a pound, and flour the board

very thick. Put in about two cents worth of cardamom seed and a little

rosewater. Cut out with a fancy cake-cutter and brush with beaten egg.

Sprinkle pounded almonds and sugar on top.

 

 

PURIM CAKES

 

Take two cups of flour, one tablespoon of sugar, add four eggs and two

tablespoons of oil; knead all these together, roll out not very thin,

cut in squares, close two sides, prick with a fork so they will not

blister; put on tins and bake well. Then take one pound of honey, boil,

and put the squares in this and let boil a bit; then drop in one-quarter

pound of poppy seeds and put back on fire. When nice and brown sprinkle

with a little cold water, take off and put on another dish so they do

not stick to each other.

 

 

PARVE COOKIES

 

To one pound of flour take one teaspoon of baking-powder, four eggs,

one-quarter pound of poppy seeds, three tablespoons of oil, two pounds

of sugar and a little salt; knead not too stiff and put on tins and bake

in hot oven till a nice brown. (Do not let burn.)

 

 

TEIGLECH

 

Mix one pound of flour, one teaspoon of baking-powder, three tablespoons

of oil, and four eggs; knead very well. Roll out in strips three inches

long, place on tins and bake. Take a pound of chopped nuts, one-half

pound of honey, and one-half pound of sugar; mix thoroughly with wooden

spoon and boil with the cakes until brown. Take off the stove; wet with

cold water, spread out on board. When cold, pat with the hands to make

thin and sprinkle with dry ginger.

 

 

HONEY CORN CAKES

 

Boil one pound of pure honey. Take one pound of cornmeal mixed with a

little ground allspice, cloves, and pepper, add the boiled honey, make a

loose batter, add one wineglass of brandy; mix all, and cool. Wet the

hands with cold water, take pieces of the dough and knead until the

dough comes clear from the hand; afterwards knead with white flour so it

is not too hard; add one pound of chopped nuts, sprinkle flour on tins,

spread dough, not too thin; leave the stove door open till it raises;

then close door, and when done take out. Spread with brandy and cut in

thin slices.

 

 

CROQUANTE CAKES (SMALL CAKES)

 

Blanch and cut in halves three-fourths pound of shelled almonds, and

slice one-half pound of citron; mix well together and roll in a little

flour; add to them three-fourths pound of sugar, then six eggs well

beaten, and last the rest of the flour (three-fourths pound). Butter

shallow pans, and put in the mixture about two inches thick; after it is

baked in a quick oven slice cake in strips three-fourths of an inch wide

and turn each piece. Put back in oven and bake a little longer. When

cold put away in tin box.

 

 

KINDEL

 

Two pounds of soup fat rendered a day or two before using, three pints

of flour, one teaspoon of salt, two-thirds cup of granulated sugar, one

teaspoon of baking-powder, two teaspoons of vanilla, flour. Knead well,

add enough beer to be able to roll. Let it stand two hours.

 

Roll, cut in long strips three inches wide. Fill with the following: One

and one-half cups of brown sugar, two tablespoons of honey, two pounds

of walnuts chopped fine, one pound of stewed prunes chopped fine, two

cups of sponge cake crumbs, juice of one lemon, spices to taste, few

raisins and currants, and a little citron chopped fine; add a little

wine, a little chicken schmalz; heat a few minutes. You may use up

remnants of jellies, jams, marmalades, etc. Put plenty of filling in

centre of strips, fold over, with a round stick (use a wooden spoon),

press the dough firmly three inches apart, then with a knife cut them

apart. They will be the shape of the fig bars you buy. Grease the pan

and the top of cakes, and bake in moderate oven. They will keep--the

longer the better.

 

 

ALMOND MACAROONS, No. 1

 

Blanch half a pound of almonds, pound in mortar to a smooth paste, add

one pound of pulverized sugar and the beaten whites of four eggs, and

work the paste well together with the back of a spoon. Dip your hands in

water and roll the mixture into balls the size of a hickory nut and lay

on buttered or waxed paper an inch apart. When done, dip your hands in

water and pass gently over the macaroons, making the surface smooth and

shiny. Set in a cool oven three-quarters of an hour.

 

 

ALMOND MACAROONS, No. 2

 

Prepare the almonds by blanching them in boiling water. Strip them of

the skins and lay them on a clean towel to dry. Grate or pound one-half

pound of almonds, beat the whites of five eggs to a stiff, very stiff

froth; stir in gradually three-quarters of a pound of pulverized sugar

(use confectioner's sugar if you can get it), and then add the pounded

almonds, to which add a tablespoon of rosewater or a teaspoon of essence

of bitter almonds. Line a broad baking-pan with buttered or waxed paper

and drop upon this half a teaspoon of the mixture at a time, allowing

room enough to prevent their running together. Sift powdered sugar over

them and bake in a quick oven to a delicate brown. If the mixture has

been well beaten they will not run. Try one on a piece of paper before

you venture to bake them all. If it runs add a little more sugar.

 

 

ALMOND MACAROONS WITH FIGS

 

Beat stiff the whites of three eggs, add one-half pound of sugar, and

one-half pound of finely cut figs, one-half pound of either blanched

almonds cut into long slices, or cut up walnuts. Heat a large pan, pass

ironing-wax over surface, lay in waxed paper, and drop spoonfuls of

mixture on paper, same distance apart. Bake very slowly in very moderate

oven. Remove and let cool; then take paper out with the macaroons, turn

over and place hot cloths on wrong; side, when cakes will drop off.

 

 

ALMOND STICKS--FLEISCHIG

 

Take one-half glass of fat, two eggs, four cups of flour, two teaspoons

of baking-powder, one cup of water, one-half cup of sugar; knead

lightly, and roll out not too thin. Two cups of sugar, mix with two

teaspoons of cinnamon; one-half pound of grated almonds, one-half pound

of small raisins (washed). Reserve one-half of the sugar and cinnamon,

the nuts and raisins; brush the dough with melted fat and sprinkle with

almonds and sugar. Put a little of the almond and raisin mixture around

the edge and roll around twice. Cut in small pieces, brush every piece

with fat, and roll in the sugar and almonds which has been reserved for

this purpose. Place in greased pan and bake in hot oven.

 

 

ALMOND STICKS

 

Grind two cups of almonds and reserve one-quarter cup each of sugar and

nuts, and an egg yolk for decorating. Cream one cup of butter, add

three-fourths cup of sugar, then two whole eggs, almonds and two cups of

flour. Roll thin and cut in strips or squares, with fluted cookie

cutter. Brush with yolk, sprinkle with nuts and sugar, set aside, and

bake in medium oven.

 

 

PLAIN WAFERS

 

Sift one cup of flour and one teaspoon of salt together. Chop in one

tablespoon of butter, and add milk to make a very stiff dough; chop

thoroughly and knead until smooth; make into small balls and roll each

one into a thin wafer. Place in shallow greased and floured pans and

bake in a hot oven until they puff and are brown.

 

 

POPPY SEED COOKIES (MOHN PLAETZCHEN)

 

Take an equal quantity of flour, sugar and butter, and mix it well by

rubbing with the hollow of the hands until small grains are formed. Then

add one cup of poppy seed, two eggs, and enough Rhine wine to hold the

dough together. Roll out the dough on a well-floured board, about half a

finger in thickness, cut into any shape desired.

 

 

CARAWAY SEED COOKIES

 

Beat three-quarters of a pound of butter and a pound of sugar to a

cream; add three eggs, one saltspoon of salt, a gill of caraway seeds

and a teaspoon of powdered mace, stirring all well together to a cream;

then pour in a cup of sour milk in which a level teaspoon of baking-soda

is stirred.

 

Hold the cup over the mixing bowl while stirring in the soda, as it will

foam over the cup. Last of all stir in enough sifted flour to make a

light dough, stiff enough to roll thin. Roll on a pastry board well

dusted with flour. Cut in round shapes and place in baking-tins well

rubbed with flour.

 

Sprinkle a little sugar over the cookies and bake them in a moderate

oven till a light brown. When cool, carefully lift the cookies from the

pans with a pancake turner.

 

 

CITRON COOKIES

 

Take one-half cup of butter and one cup and a half of sugar, and rub to

a cream. Add two eggs, three-quarters of a cup of milk; one-half cup of

citron, cut up very fine, one teaspoon of allspice and one of cloves.

Sift one heaping teaspoon of baking-powder into enough flour to thicken.

Make stiffer than ordinary cup cake dough; flavor to suit taste, and

drop on large tins with a teaspoon. Grease the pans, and bake in a

quick oven. The best plan is to try one on a plate. If the dough runs

too much add more flour.

 

 

GINGER WAFERS

 

Take one cup of butter, one cup of sugar, one cup of molasses, half a

cup of cold coffee, with two teaspoons of soda, one teaspoon of ginger,

and flour enough to make a dough stiff enough to roll out thin. Shape

with cutter and bake in quick oven.

 

 

ANISE ZWIEBACK

 

Take the yolks of five eggs, one-half pound of sugar, one tablespoon of

water, vanilla, one-half pound of flour, one teaspoon of baking-powder,

one-half of five cents worth anise seeds, and the beaten whites of the

eggs. Butter square tins and bake. When cooled cut in strips one inch

wide and toast on both sides.

 

 

HURRY UPS (OATMEAL)

 

Sift one cup of flour with two teaspoons of baking-powder, one teaspoon

of salt, add one cup of rolled oats, one tablespoon of sugar and two

tablespoons of melted butter, mix with one-half cup of milk.

 

Drop by teaspoons onto a greased pan, press well into each two or three

raisins, or a split date and bake for twenty minutes in a hot oven. Can

be served with butter, honey, or maple sugar.

 

 

PECAN, WALNUT, OR HICKORY NUT MACAROONS

 

Take one cup of pulverized sugar, and one cup of finely-pounded nut

meats, the unbeaten whites of two eggs, two heaping teaspoons of flour,

and one scant teaspoon of baking-powder. Mix these ingredients together

and drop from a teaspoon which, you have previously dipped in cold

water, upon buttered paper. Do not put them too near each other, for

they always spread a great deal. Bake about fifteen minutes.

 

 

DATE MACAROONS

 

Stone thirty dates; chop them fine. Cut one-half pound of almonds

lengthwise in slices, but do not blanch them. Beat the whites of two

eggs until foamy, add one cup of powdered sugar, and beat until stiff;

add the dates, then the almonds, and mix very thoroughly. Drop mixture

with teaspoon in small piles on tins, one-half inch apart. Bake thirty

minutes in a very slow oven or until dry. They are done when they leave

the pan readily.

 

 

MANDELCHEN

 

Blanch two cups of almonds and dry them overnight. Grind very fine, add

one-half cup of sugar and enough butter to knead into a very stiff

paste. Roll very thin, cut in small rounds, place in baking-tin in

moderate oven. When done, roll in grated almonds and powdered sugar.

 

 

COCOANUT KISSES

 

Beat the white of one egg; add one-half cup of sugar with a flavoring of

vanilla, fold in one cup of shredded cocoanut, drop by teaspoonfuls on a

well-greased baking-pan, inverted, and bake for about ten or twelve

minutes in a slow oven. Remove from pan when cookies are cold.

 

 

CORNFLAKE COCOANUT KISSES

 

Mix the whites of two eggs, beaten stiff, with one-half cup of sugar,

add one-half cup of shredded cocoanut, fold in two cups of corn flakes,

a pinch of salt, one-half teaspoon of vanilla. Make and bake same as

kisses above.

 

 

CHOCOLATE COOKIES

 

Beat whites of three eggs to a snow, add three-fourths cup of powdered

sugar, one cup of ground sweet chocolate, one cup of walnuts chopped,

three tablespoons of flour. Drop by teaspoonful on greased baking-tin.

Bake in slow oven.

 

 

BASELER LOEKERLEIN (HONEY CAKES)

 

Take half a pound of strained honey, half a pound of sifted powdered

sugar, half a pound of almonds (cut in half lengthwise), half a pound of

finest flour, one ounce of citron (cut or chopped extremely fine), peel

of a lemon, a little grated nutmeg, also a pinch of ground cloves and a

wineglass of brandy. Set the honey and sugar over the fire together, put

in the almonds, stir all up thoroughly. Next put in the spices and work

into a dough. Put away in a cold place for a week, then roll about as

thick as a finger. Bake in a quick oven and cut into strips with a sharp

knife after they are baked (do this while hot), cut three inches long

and two inches wide.

 

 

HONEY CAKES, No. 1

 

One pound of real honey, not jar; one cup of granulated sugar, four

eggs, one tablespoon of allspice, three tablespoons of salad-oil, four

cups of flour, well sifted; three teaspoons of baking-powder. Warm up or

heat honey, not hot, just warm. Rub yolks well with sugar, beat whites

to a froth, then mix ingredients, add flour and bake in moderate oven

for one hour.

 

 

HONEY CAKES, No. 2

 

Three eggs, not separated, beaten with one cup of sugar, one cup of

honey, one cup of blanched almonds chopped finely, one teaspoon each of

allspice, cloves, and cinnamon, one cup of chocolate and flour enough to

make a thick batter; one teaspoon of baking-soda. Spread very thin on

square, buttered pans, bake in a hot oven, and when done, spread with a

white icing, cut into squares, and put a half blanched almond in the

centre of each square.

 

 

LEKACH

 

This recipe is one that is used in Palestine. It makes a honey cake not

nearly as rich as those in the foregoing recipes for honey cakes, but

will very nicely take the place of a sweet cracker to serve with tea.

 

Take three cups of sifted flour, one-quarter teaspoon of salt, add three

eggs, one teaspoon of allspice, one teaspoon of soda, the grated rind

and juice of one-half lemon and three tablespoons of honey, mix all

ingredients well. Roll on board to one-fourth inch in thickness and cut

with form. Brush with white of egg or honey diluted with water. On each

cake put an almond or walnut. Bake in moderate oven from fifteen to

twenty minutes.

 

 

LEBKUCHEN

 

Four eggs, one pound of brown sugar; beat well. Add one-eighth pound of

citron shredded, one-eighth pound of shelled walnuts (broken), one and

one-half cups of flour, one teaspoon of baking-powder, two teaspoons of

cinnamon, one-fourth teaspoon of allspice. Spread the dough in long pans

with well-floured hands, have about one and one-half inches thick. Bake

in very moderate oven. When baked, cut in squares and spread with icing.

Set in a cool stove or the sun to dry.

 

It is best to let these cakes and all honey cakes stand a week before

using.

 

 

OLD-FASHIONED LEBKUCHEN

 

Heat one cup of molasses, mix it with two cups of brown sugar and three

eggs, reserving one white for the icing; add one level teaspoon of

baking-soda that has been dissolved in a little milk, then put in

alternately a little flour and a cup of milk; now add one tablespoon of

mixed spices, half cup of brandy, one small cup each of chopped nuts and

citron, and lastly, flour enough to make a stiff batter. Place in

shallow pans and bake slowly. When done, cover with icing and cut in

squares or strips.

 

*Icing for Lebkuchen.*--One cup of powdered sugar added to the beaten

white of one egg; flavor with one teaspoon of brandy or lemon juice.



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