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Elegant Cheesecake

This a decadent, dense cheesecake that can adapt to any occasion.

FILLING:
5 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese
1 3/4 cups sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
5 whole eggs
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup lemon juice (or lime juice, or flavored liqueurs)
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CRUST:
12 ounces chocolate Oreo cookies or chocolate wafers
1 egg white (reserve the egg yolk for the filling)
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TOPPING:
Sliced fruit and berries, optional, to garnish
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South Indian Coconut Rice Pudding

Did you know that India's Jews come from four distinct groups and can trace their roots there back to ancient times? As in all Jewish communities around the world, Indian Jews translated their culinary tastes and the laws of kashrut to embrace the foods of the region.

PUDDING:
1/3 cup Basmati rice
1/2 cup full fat milk
1 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup jaggery or unrefined brown sugar
5 cardamom pods; seeds only - pounded to a fine powder
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TOPPING:
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon cashew nuts
1 tablespoon pistachios
1 tablespoon raisins
Pinch of saffron

Classic Cheesecake

Cheesecake is the classic Shavuot dessert!

CRUST
13 graham crackers
1 tablespoon sugar
6 tablespoons (85g) unsalted butter, plus one tablespoon for greasing pan
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FILLING
2 pounds (900g) cream cheese (not whipped), at room temperature for at least 45 minutes
5 large eggs
1 1/4 cups (250g) sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon zest (from one lemon)
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TOPPING
1 cup (240g) sour cream
1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
sliced or whole fruit and berries, optional, to decorate
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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