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Grandma’s Roly Poly

Roly poly can be made ahead, and gets better every day after it's baked.

ORANGE OIL DOUGH
2 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 cups all-purpose flour, approximately
3/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
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FILLING
1 cup raspberry, apricot or sour cherry jam
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1 cup plumped raisins or dried cranberries
1 cup ground walnuts
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2/3 cup minced dried California apricots
1 1/2 cups, approximately, Turkish delight, cut into small slivers*
*I use a mix of Gummy Bears and Turkish Delight for the perfect balance of color, taste and chewiness. Use red or pale yellow Gummy Bears - avoid green and orange.
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Challah Cheese Souffle

This non-collapsing soufflé is perfect to make with younger children with short attention spans.

1–1 1/2 medium challahs (approximately 12 cups of challah cubes)
1 stick unsalted butter
6 eggs
2 cups milk (whole, 1% or 2%)
1 teaspoon salt
10 grindings of freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
12–16 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese or Jarlsberg cheese (about 3 1/2 cups grated)
Additional butter or cooking spray for greasing the pan

Challah “Babka” Bread Pudding

This recipe is a twist on classic babka. Instead of being made with challah dough, it is made from the baked challah! 

One 1-pound challah (raisin or plain), preferably a few days old
8 ounces Israeli chocolate spread or chocolate-hazelnut spread
1 stick unsalted butter or margarine
¼ cup light brown sugar
4 eggs
1½ teaspoons vanilla
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups milk (skim, 2%, or whole)
Additional butter for greasing dish
Topping:
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature or slightly softened in the microwave
½ cup flour
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla

Apple-Filled Star Challah

Family and guests will ooh and aah over this beautiful Rosh HaShanah challah, which tastes as good as it looks!

DOUGH:
2 cups whole-wheat flour
6 cups white bread flour
2 packages rapid rise yeast
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup corn oil plus 1 tablespoon for greasing bowl
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups unfiltered apple juice or apple cider
3/4 cup sugar
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EGG WASH:
1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon water
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FILLING:
4 large Honeycrisp or Fuji apples, about 1 1/4 pounds
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cornstarch combined with 2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoon coconut oil or unsalted butter
1/3 cup wildflower or clover honey, as needed
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Eastern European Kreplach

The kreplach represent our fate being "sealed" for the coming year.

1/2 pound homemade dough (recipe below), fresh ravioli dough, or wonton skins
2 cups cooked meat, finely chopped, or hamburger lightly sautéed
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon chicken fat
Salt and pepper to taste
1 egg, slightly beaten
Oil for frying (optional)
For Homemade Dough:
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons ice water
2 cups bread flour