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Recipe: Blueberry Sauce (Parve, Vegetarian, Non-Dairy)

This gorgeous, sweet sauce can be made with fresh blueberries in the summer and frozen berries year round.

wedding dessert recipeWe post this sauce to accompany our baked pears for an autumn or winter celebration, but can’t you imagine it with something lemony? Let us know how you use it.

The recipe comes from one of my go-to cookbooks, Marlene Sorosky’s Fast & Festive Meals for the Jewish Holidays. Not all of the recipes in the book are kosher, but sticking to the kosher recipes, I’ve found them to be not only delicious, but fast and foolproof.

Ingredients for Blueberry Sauce

Maked 5 cups of sauce

  • 1 quart (4 cups) fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup water

Instructions for Blueberry Sauce

In a medium saucepan, stir all ingredients together. Bring to a boil over moderate heat and cook, stirring often, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until sauce thickens slightly and sugar is dissolved. The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.

Make-Ahead Option

Sauce can be refrigerated, covered, up to 2 weeks.

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Recipe: Luscious Peach Lattice Pie for a Wedding Dessert Buffet

The peaches are ripe and ready for picking at Lawrence Farms Orchards in Newburgh, New York. So are the pears, plums, and raspberries. Yesterday I took a trip there with my daughters and lots of nieces and nephews, and we came away with baskets of fresh pickings for munching, turning into jams (leave that to Mandy), and baking into pies.

With this profusion of late summer fruit and the growing popularity of pie dessert buffets at weddings, I thought it was time to share some wonderful pie recipes, beginning with a luscious peach pie. This recipe, with a traditional lattice crust top, comes from Deborah Snyder at BonAppetit.com. I did substitute purchased pie crust for Deborah’s homemade crust, because I want to get back outside and enjoy the gorgeous Hudson River Valley. (Today, we’re off to walk across the river on the Mid-Hudson bridge. Beautiful views.)

Ingredients for Peach Lattice Pie

  • 2 purchased roll-out pie crusts [parve pie crust recipe]
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon (scant) ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 1/2 pounds firm but ripe peaches, peeled, halved, pitted, each half cut into 3 wedges
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten to blend with 2 teaspoons water (glaze)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar mixed with 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (cinnamon sugar)

Instructions for Peach Lattice Pie

picking peaches for peach pie recipe at Lawrence Farms Orchards

  1. Prepare the bottom pie crust as directed on the crust packaging.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out second pie crust disk on floured surface to 13 1/2-inch round. Cut into 3/4-inch-wide strips. Chill while preparing filling.
  3. For filling, combine 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon, and salt in large bowl. Add peaches and lemon juice and toss gently to coat. Let stand 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, stir remaining 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water in medium saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat; boil without stirring until syrup is deep amber, occasionally swirling pan and brushing down sides with wet pastry brush, about 11 minutes. Remove from heat. Add butter and cream (mixture will bubble vigorously); stir caramel until smooth. Strain juices from peaches into caramel; cool to lukewarm.
  5. Preheat oven to 375°F. Add caramel and flour to peaches in bowl; toss gently. Transfer filling to crust, mounding in center.

  6. Arrange 6 dough strips in 1 direction across top of pie, spacing apart. Working with 1 strip at a time, arrange 6 more strips in opposite direction atop first, lifting strips and weaving over and under, forming lattice. Gently press ends of strips to edge of baked bottom crust to adhere. Trim overhang. Brush lattice strips (but not crust edge) with egg yolk glaze. Sprinkle strips with cinnamon sugar.
  7. Bake pie 35 minutes. Tent pie loosely with foil to prevent overbrowning. Continue to bake pie until filling bubbles thickly and lattice is golden brown, about 25 minutes longer. Cool pie on rack.

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Recipe: Gateau Opera Dessert Canape (Parve)

This is the third hors d’oeuvre recipe in our kosher-fied royal wedding canape reception menu. The total menu serves a 40-person reception.

Gateau opera

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Traditional gateau opera (opera cake) is made with butter and cream, which is a kosher clash with the meat hors d’oeuvres in our overall menu. So I developed this parve version with some creative substitutions. The biggest substitution is taking out the coffee-flavored buttercream and the ganache and instead using a parve chocolate mousse flavored with coffee and coffee-flavored liqueur. The mousse comes from Evelyn Rose’s The New Complete International Jewish Cookbook. Traditionalists might say that this version isn’t really gateau opera. They might be right, but as someone who attends weddings, I’m not going to feel bad about upping the chocolate quotient in a reception menu.

Ingredients for Parve Gateau Opera Canapes

Makes approx. 70 1″-square canapes

Almond Sponge Cake

  • Vegetable oil cooking spray for pan
  • 2 cups finely ground almond flour
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 6 large eggs, plus 6 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons margarine, melted

Coffee Syrup

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder

Chocolate Mousse

  • 8 oz. parve semi-sweet chocolate
  • 8 large eggs, separated
  • 4 teaspoons coffee dissolved in 2 Tablespoons hot water
  • 3 Tablespoons Tia Maria of other coffee-flavored liqueur
  • 1 Tablespoon caster (superfine) sugar

Chocolate Glaze

  • 6 tablespoons margarine
  • 7 oz. fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened, preferably 70 to 71% cacao), coarsely chopped

Instructions for Parve Gateau Opera Canapes

Make Almond Sponge Cake

  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Coat two rimmed baking sheets with cooking spray. Line with parchment; spray again.
  2. Sift together almond flour and confectioners’ sugar in a mixer bowl. Add whole eggs; beat on medium until light, about 3 minutes. Mix in flour until just incorporated. Transfer batter to a separate bowl.
  3. Whisk the egg whites on medium-high in a clean mixer bowl. Gradually add granulated sugar, whisking until stiff, glossy peaks form.
  4. Fold meringue, then butter, into batter with a rubber spatula just until combined. Divide between pans. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool completely, then remove from pans and peel off parchment. Store, tightly wrapped, up to overnight.

Make Coffee Syrup

  1. Bring sugar and the water to a boil in a small pan over medium heat, stirring until dissolved.
  2. Stir in espresso powder.
  3. Let cool. Refrigerate up to 3 days.

Make Chocolate Mousse

  1. If you haven’t already separated the eggs, do that now.
  2. Break up the chocolate and stand in a basin over hot (not boiling) water. Heat gently until melted, then remove from heat (Alternatively, melt uncovered for 1½ on 100 percent power in the microwave).
  3. Immediately drop in the egg yolks and beat vigorously until the mixture begins to thicken.
  4. Stir in the coffee and liqueur. Allow to go quite cold.
  5. Beat the whites until they just hold soft peaks, then beat in the caster sugar.
  6. Pour the chocolate mixture into the bowl containing the egg whites and blend together. Chill.

Make Chocolate Glaze

  1. Melt margarine and all but 2 tablespoons chopped chocolate in a double boiler or in a metal bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water, stirring occasionally, until smooth.
  2. Remove top of double boiler and stir in remaining 2 tablespoons chocolate until smooth, then cool glaze until room temperature but still liquid.

Assemble the Cake

  1. To assemble, cut cakes exactly in half crosswise into two equal pieces, ending up with four (set one half aside for another use). Place one cake layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a cake board. Gently brush 1/3 of coffee syrup over cake; spread. Using an offset spatula, Spread 1 cup mousse over top. Place another layer on top, brush on 1/3 of the syrup, and spread 1 cup of mousse over top. Add third layer, brush on remaining syrup, and smoothly spread 1 cup mousse over top. Cake can be refrigerated, covered, up to 2 days.
  2. At least 2 hours before serving, pour glaze over cake; gently spread to completely cover top (don’t worry about sides). Refrigerate until glaze is set, about 1 hour.
  3. Trim edges, and cut cake into 1-inch squares using a warm serrated knife (dip in hot water after each cut, and quickly wipe dry, to make sure slices are very clean).

Make Ahead Options

  • Make mousse up to 4 days ahead.
  • Make coffee syrup up to 3 days ahead.

The next canape: Poached Asparagus with Lemon Sauce

parve dessert hors d'ouevresTRY THESE, TOO:

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Your Own Royal Canape Reception: Kosher-fied Menu and Recipes

We’re tickled pink to see that The Queen’s canape reception for Will and Kate took a cue from Backyard Huppah’s own hors d’oeuvres reception menu by including miniature Yorkshire puddings with roast beef. Your welcome, Your Majesty.

The full menu from The Queen’s reception is below. It includes some mighty tasty looking tidbits.

For your own royal wedding, and for the sheer fun of it, we’re going to create a kosher version of the menu and give you the recipes over the course of a dozen or so posts. The final menu will be meat (fleishig) with parve options. Some of The Queen’s canapès will have to go because they’re just not kosher, like the crab and the pork belly, and some will be cut as we edit the menu down to a selection that is doable for a self-catered reception (although you’ll need to get some help in the kitchen).

To start you off, we’re going to link you back to the hors d’oeuvre that started it all: Individual Yorkshire Puddings with Roast Beef, then we’ll move on to Quail Eggs with Celery Salt. See the full menu below.

Royal Wedding Canapè Reception Menu
Not all of the foods listed in the menu below are kosher. You can find the edited, kosher version of the menu at Kosher-fied Royal Wedding Hors d’Oeurve Reception Menu with Recipes.


Cornish Crab Salad on Lemon Blini
Pressed Duck Terrine with Fruit Chutney
Roulade of Goats Cheese with Caramelised Walnuts
Assortment of Palmiers and Cheese Straws
Scottish Smoked Salmon Rose on Beetroot Blini
Miniature Watercress and Asparagus Tart
Poached Asparagus Spears with Hollandaise Sauce for Dipping
Quails Eggs with Celery Salt
Scottish Langoustines with Lemon Mayonnaise Pressed Confit of Pork Belly with Crayfish and Crackling
Wild Mushroom and Celeriac Chausson
Bubble and Squeak with Confit Shoulder of Lamb
Grain Mustard and Honey-Glazed Chipolatas
Smoked Haddock Fishcake with Pea Guacamole
Miniature Yorkshire Pudding with Roast Fillet of Beef and Horseradish Mousse
Gateau Opera
Blood Orange Patè de Fruit
Raspberry Financier
Rhubarb Crème Brulee Tartlet
Passion Fruit Praline
White Chocolate Ganache Truffle
Milk Chocolate Praline with Nuts
Dark Chocolate Ganache Truffle

Related posts:
Update: The Complete Kosher-fied Royal Wedding Hors d’Oeurve Reception Menu with Recipes
Tips for Hors d’Oeuvre Receptions
Backyard Wedding Menu Fit for Royalty (You!)
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Special Wedding Details: Catoctin Cocktail with Kosher, Organic, Rye Whisky

roundstone-rye-whisky catoctin creek

Source: catoctincreekdistilling.com

Every once in a while I get really excited about bringing you a new find.
This is one of them: Catoctin Creek distilled spirits from Catoctin Creek distillery.

The distillery, located in Virginia, is only two years old. All their whiskys, brandies, and other distilled spirits are certified kosher, certified organic, and — based on all the awards they’ve won — certified delicious.

I’m all for choosing one or two wedding details that will surprise and delight your guests, and I’m all for serving one amazing featured drink in lieu of springing for a full bar. A featured cocktail using a Catoctin Creek spirit fits the bill. The Catoctin Coctail recipe and description below are from Catoctin Creek’s website, catoctincreekdistilling.com.

Show off the cool looking bottles at the bar so everyone knows they’re getting something new.

Catoctin Cocktail

Catoctin Cocktail

Source: catoctincreekdistilling.com

This is a variant on the classic “Canadian Cocktail” but is so much better when made with a 100% rye whisky. Mmmmm….. delicious, eh!
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2 oz Catoctin Creek Organic Rye Whisky
1/2 oz Cointreau or triple sec
1/2 tsp superfine sugar
1 dash bitters (Peychauds is a good one)
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In a shaker half filled with ice cubes, combine all the ingredients. Shake well, strain and pour into a cocktail glass.

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On Project Wedding: How to Make Your Own Wedding Cake

DIY make a homemade wedding cake

Source: ProjectWedding.com; Make a Homemade Wedding Cake!

A must share for backyard wedding mavens: Project Wedding has just posted instructions for assembling a wedding cake, decorated with herbs and greenery. Sweet.
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If you need to bake a non-dairy, (parve) wedding cake or whip up some non-dairy frosting, see these recipes at Backyard Huppah:

Go to cake instructions at Project Wedding…

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Recipe: Chocolate Mousse (Parve/Non-Dairy)

This week, we’re sharing recipes for dessert foods to accompany the wedding cake. Intimate weddings don’t need elaborate dessert buffets, but serving something alongside the cake helps end the meal on a celebratory note. Look for an accompaniment that will complement the cake’s flavor, add color, or provide a contrasting texture.

This isn’t the first time I’ve turned to Evelyn Rose’s chocolate mousse to round out a menu. It’s a crowd pleaser; rich, decadent, and surprisingly rich for a dish that doesn’t contain any dairy products. Your guests would enjoy this mousse anytime of year, but during the winter, when high-quality fresh fruit can be difficult to find, it’s a great choice to serve with your wedding cake. The recipe is found in The New Complete International Jewish CookbookJewish wedding recipes.

The recipe is parve, so you can serve it after a meat meal.

You can make this mousse up to three months ahead and freeze it, or keep it in the refrigerator up to four days, which makes it especially convenient for a small, self-catered wedding.

Chocolate Mousse Recipe (Parve)

Serves 50

Chocolate Mousse Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. plain (semi-sweet) chocolate
  • 30 eggs, separated
  • 4 level Tbsp instant coffee, dissolved in 6 Tbsp hot water
  • 6 fl oz (¾ cup) rum, Creme de Menthe, brandy, Cointreau or orange juice
  • 5 Tbsp caster (superfine) sugar
  • For the garnish: 8 oz. (2 cups) toasted almonds or chopped walnuts

Chocolate Mousse Instructions

  1. Break up the chocolate and stand in a basin over very hot (not boiling) water. Heat gently until melted, then remove from heat. (Or melt, uncovered, for 1½ minutes on 100 percent power in the microwave.)
  2. Immediately drop in the egg yolks and beat vigorously until the mixture begins to thicken.
  3. Stir in the coffee or the liqueur. Allow to go quite cold.
  4. Beat the egg whites until they just hold soft peaks, then beat in the caster sugar.
  5. Pour the chocolate mixture into the bowl containing the egg whites and blend together.
  6. Spoon into individual paper cases.

Make Ahead Options

Keeps four days in the refrigerator or three months in the freezer.

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Spring Berry Compote Recipe (Parve/Non-Dairy)

berriesThis week, we’re sharing recipes for dessert foods to accompany the wedding cake. Intimate weddings don’t need elaborate dessert buffets, but serving something alongside the cake helps end the meal on a celebratory note. Look for an accompaniment that will complement the cake’s flavor, add color, or provide a contrasting texture.

Fresh berries make colorful, fresh decorations for a spring wedding cake. They also make a great accompaniment when served with the cake. You can serve fresh berries uncooked with your cake if you serve them the same day you buy them or –if they are very fresh– the next day. Turning them into a compote will preserve the flavor an additional day as well as create a pleasing melding of the flavors.

Ingredients for Spring Berry Compote (Parev/Non-Dairy)

40 Servings with cake

  • 2½ pints fresh raspberries
  • 2½ pints fresh blueberries
  • 2½ pints fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 2½ cups graduated sugar
  • ½ cup frozen orange juice concentrate

Instructions for Spring Berry Compote Recipe

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, heat raspberries and strawberries; Simmer 5 minutes.
  2. Add the strawberries and simmer until strawberries begin to soften (about 3 minutes).
  3. Add sugar and orange juice concentrate and simmer until sugar dissolves (about 3 more minutes).
  4. Chill 1 hour. Stir and spoon into dessert dishes.

Make Ahead Option

Compote can be made up to 2 days ahead and stored in a covered container in the refrigerator.
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Recipe: Ginger and Lemon Sherbert for a Summer Wedding (Parve/Non-Dairy)

This week, we’re sharing recipes for dessert foods to accompany the wedding cake. Intimate weddings don’t need elaborate dessert buffets, but serving something alongside the cake helps end the meal on a celebratory note. Look for an accompaniment that will complement the cake’s flavor, add color, or provide a contrasting texture.

lemonsOn a summer day, ginger and lemon sherbert makes a sophisticated and refreshing accompaniment to a slice of wedding cake. It would be especially great with a fruit-flavored cake, such as lemon, strawberry, or orange, or a white cake with a raspberry or other berry-based filling. This sherbert is non-dairy and parve, so it can be served after meat in a kosher meal.

The recipe, which originally comes from the Ventana Country Inn Resort in Big Sur, California, is out of Dinners for Two: Recipes from Romantic Country Inns. The author is Sharon O’Connor, a cookbook author and cellist who founded the San Francisco String Quartet.

Sharon O'Connor, cellist, author, and President of Menus and Music

Sharon O'Connor, cellist, author, and President of Menus and Music

I was given Dinners for Two about twenty years ago as a hostess gift. It’s one of my favorite gifts ever. The book came with a CD of romantic music by the San Francisco String Quartet. I’ve not only made some wonderfully romantic foods using this cookbook, I’ve spent hours and hours listening to the music.

Yesterday, while checking if the book and CD are still available, I was delighted (!) to find that Sharon O’Connor now has a whole line of cookbooks accompanied by music CDs, available through her company website, Menus & Music. I highly recommend her books, both as someone who enjoys cooking and and someone who enjoys gifts.

The original sherbert recipe served two people (very romantic). I’ve increased the quantities to make enough for twelve. For a 40-guest wedding (also very romantic), you’ll need to make several batches.

Ingredients for Ginger and Lemon Sherbert (Non-Dairy, Pareve)

Serves 12

  • 3½ cups sugar
  • 2½ cups water
  • 4 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 2 2/3 cup sparkling mineral water
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons minced candied ginger

Instructions for Ginger and Lemon Sherbert

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, water, and lemon zest and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. When the mixture has cooled, stir in the mineral water and lemon juice.
  3. Freeze in an ice cream maker following the manufacturer’s instructions. When almost set, add the ginger and continue freezing until set.

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Vintage Wedding Punch Recipe (Non-Alcoholic)

After I posted yesterday’s champagne punch recipe, I received several requests for a punch without alcohol. That’s a great idea. This refreshing citrus-y punch recipe is from The Kosher Gourmet Cookbook, by Mildred Miller and Bascha Snyder, now out of print. Like the champagne punch, this wedding punch is a wonderful white-glove vintage touch for your wedding reception, even without the white gloves.

The original recipe calls for floating scoops of vanilla ice-cream in the punch bowl, but I removed the ice-cream to keep the punch parve. Also, the thought of guests ladling bits of ice-cream into glasses along with the liquid punch brings to mind a picture of punch splashing onto your guests’ clothing, which might distract them from how wonderful you look. Of course, if the ice-cream floats work for your wedding, go for it!

If you put out a punch with alcohol as well as one without, label them with place cards or other appropriate notes.

Ingredients for Wedding Punch (No Alcohol)

  • 4 cups pineapple juice
  • 3 quarts lemonade
  • 3 orangeade
  • 1 can crushed pineapple
  • 2 quarts raspberry or cherry soda

Instructions for Wedding Punch (No Alcohol)

Combine the first four ingredients and mix well. When ready to serve, add the soda.

Make Ahead Option

You can mix the first four ingredients together the day before the wedding. Refrigerate the mixture. When you’re ready to serve, put the juice mixture into the punch bowl and add the soda.

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Super Easy Instructions for Assembling Your Hazelnut Wedding Cake

These instructions complete your homemade hazelnut wedding cake, which was begun in earlier posts. You’ve made your hazelnut cake and your whipped non-dairy frosting. Now let’s put it all together:

Ingredients and Materials

  • ½ cup ground hazelnuts
  • 4 plastic straws

Instructions for Assembling Hazelnut Wedding Cake

  1. Place bottom piece of 10-inch cake layer on serving dish. Slip 3 x 5″ pieces of waxed paper 1 inch under cake layer. This makes the paper easily removable when you are through frosting the cake and keeps the plate clean.
  2. Spread a ½-inch layer of filling on top of bottom piece. Place top piece over it and frost entire layer.
  3. Scatter 1/3 cup ground hazelnuts on the waxed paper segments. Lift paper gently and toss nuts onto cake. Repeat until all the nuts are used and remove paper. Put this layer to the side.
  4. Use the same method to frost the 6-inch layer on a separate plate. Frost the edges of the cardboard, too, and use the remainder of the ground nuts.
  5. Refrigerate the layers until a few hours before you plan to serve it.
  6. When you are ready to complete cake, cut 4 pieces of straws the height of the 10-inch cake layer. Place the straws into the cake in a circle, each about 2 inches away from the center.
  7. Place the 6-inch cake layer on top of the 10-inch layer.

Make Ahead Options

The cake layers can be frozen for 2 weeks. Move them to the refrigerator 24 hours before you need them. When you freeze the cakes, put them in the freezer uncovered for an hour to set the frosting, then cover them very well.

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Delectable Non-Dairy Frosting Recipe for Homemade Wedding Cake (Parve)

This frosting and filling recipe goes with the hazelnut wedding cake recipe we started in yesterday’s post.

When we last left the kitchen, we had prepared two 10-inch cakes and had divided each cake into two layers. Now for the frosting…

Ingredients for Whipped Cake Filling and Frosting (Parve)

These ingredients make enough frosting and filling for two 10-inch cakes, so you will have a generous amount of frosting for your 10- and 6-inch tiers.

  • 3 cups non-dairy whipped cream substitute
  • 2 Tbl sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Instructions for Whipped Cake Filling and Frosting

I’ve broken down the ingredients into two batches to keep the volume of whipping cream easy to handle in a home kitchen.
For each batch:

  1. In a large bowl, whip 1½ cup non-dairy whipped cream substitute until it begins to thicken.
  2. Add 1 Tbl sugar and 1 tsp vanilla. Continue to whip until it forms peaks.

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Wedding Cake Recipe: Hazelnut Cake for 50 People (Parve)

This cake recipe comes from a cookbook published more than 25 years ago called “The Kosher Gourmet Cookbook”, by Mildred Miller and Bascha Snyder. I love that the book’s recipes and styling come right out of the era when a woman’s baking ensemble included a calico apron and pearl necklace. There are chapters titled “Luncheons”, “Teas”, and “Cocktail Parties” along with “Saturday Afternoon Kiddush”.

My copy has passed through many hands. One of my brothers bought it for me from a library book sale when I was studying for my conversion to Judaism. I’m glad my brother rescued it from the book sale and I can bring this recipe to you today.

The original recipe is for one 10″ round cake. I’m recommending that you make two of these cakes and cut one down to 6″ diameter. That will give you a traditional two-tiered wedding cake that serves 50 people (Wedding Cake Size and Servings Chart). Constructing the cake involves cutting one of the 10″ cakes down to 6″, resulting in some unused cake, but I’m going to trust that you can put the trimmed pieces to good use.

You will need a 6-inch diameter circle of currogated cardboard. Buy one from a craft or party store or make one of clean cardboard and wrap it in aluminum foil.

Tomorrow I’ll post the frosting recipe and instructions for assembling the cake.

Ingredients for Hazelnut Cake (Parve)

Serves 50. There are enough ingredients to make two 10-inch cakes.

  • 14 eggs
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups ground hazelnuts
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tsp. flour

Instructions for Hazelnut Cake

These instructions make one cake. You will need to make 2 cakes total.

  1. Preheat oven to 275°.
  2. Separate 6 of the eggs, putting the yolks into a large bowl. Add one whole egg. Beat for 10 minutes until thick and light yellow.
  3. Gradually beat in ½ cup sugar, 1 cup ground hazelnuts, and 1/3 cup bread crumbs.
  4. In another bowl, beat 6 egg whites until foamy.
  5. Add ¼ cup sugar, 1 Tbl. at a time.
  6. Continue to beat until the whites form stiff peaks.
  7. With a spatula mix gently one-fourth of the whites into the hazelnut mixture.
  8. Sprinkle 1 tsp. flour over mixture and gently fold in the rest of the whites.
  9. Grease and flour a 10-inch spring-form pan. Pour batter into pan.
  10. Bake at 275° in the middle of the oven 35-40 minutes, until it shrinks away from the sides of the pan. Immediately remove the rim of the spring-form and let the cake cool on a rack.
  11. Slice through the cake horizontally into two equal layers.

Use the cardboard circle as a template to cut one of the cakes down to 6″ diameter.

Next Steps

  1. Make the frosting
  2. Assembling the cake

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Recipe: Herbed Mixed Vegetables for a Crowd (Parve)

British Royal Family Wedding

"As soon as the service is over, I'll race you to the buffet."

This dish is from the Buckingham Palace reception menu posted on December 13. I’ll be posting recipes from the menu all week, kosher-fied and with additional special touches, so that you can recreate the menu for your wedding.

This is the final dish in our Buckingham Palace reception menu. The traditional English dinner is meat and two veg. We put the two veg’s into one simple-to-prepare side dish. (And if you ask for this dish at Buckingham Palace, be sure to pronounce the “h” in the word herbed.)

The recipe is based on the herbed green beans in Jeanne Jones Entertains: Cook It Light Menus for Every Occasion. I don’t think the book is in publication anymore, but it’s been a good friend to me.

Recipe: Herbed Green Beans and Carrots (Parve)

Serves 50

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. fresh green beans
  • 2 lbs. fresh carrots, cut into long thin pieces
  • 6 Tbls canola or corn oil
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, finely chopped, or 1 heaping Tbls dried
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup finely chopped chives

Instructions

  1. In batches, steam the vegetables for 5 minutes. Rinse under cold running water, drain, and set aside.
  2. Using two large skillets, heat 3 Tbls of oil in each skillet. Add half the herbs and salt to each skillet. Add half the vegetables to each skillet. Heat just to serving temperature.

Make Ahead Option

Steam the vegetables the day before. After they’ve cooled under the running water and drained. refrigerate them in sealed bags. Reheat them with the herbs the next day.
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Wedding Recipe: Garlic-Herb Crusted Beef Roast for a Crowd (Meat)

Royal Beefeaters

Royal Beefeaters.

This dish is from the Buckingham Palace reception menu posted on December 13. I’ll be posting recipes from the menu all week, kosher-fied and with additional special touches, so that you can recreate the menu for your wedding.

Garlic-Herb Crusted Beef Roast

Satisfy the meat eaters: Garlic-herb crusted beef roast

Here is a dish to satisfy the meat eaters at your wedding feast. This oven-baked roast is simple to prepare and cook, and the rub of garlic and herbs showcases the taste of the beef. The dish can be served hot or cold, so it can be made conveniently the day before the wedding.

During four years in England, I don’t think I ever came across an English buffet that did not have a carvery station — someone standing behind a butcher block cutting slices meat for each guest. It’s a nice touch to a buffet service. If you have professional catering help, arranging for a carvery station will be simple. If you are catering your own casual wedding, ask a friend to do the honors.

Be sure to use a meat thermometer to ensure that the meat reaches the correct internal temperature. If you don’t have one, buy one; it’s worth the investment.

Recipe: Garlic-Herb Crusted Beef Roast

Serves 50

Ingredients

  • 6-8 boneless beef round rump roast or beef bottom round roast (3 to 4 lbs. each), 9 to 10 lbs. total.
  • Salt and ground black pepper

Rub:

  • 3 Tbls garlic-pepper seasoning
  • 3 Tbls dried basil leaves, crushed
  • 3 Tbls dried thyme leaves, crushed
  • 1 Tbls dried parsley leaves, crushed

Instructions

Given the large number of roasts, if you are using a conventional oven you will need to cook the roasts in two shifts.

  1. Heat oven to 325°F. Combine rub ingredients in a bowl. Divide it into 2 small bowls, and set one bowl aside to be used with the second set of roasts.
  2. Press the rub evenly onto all surfaces of beef roast.
  3. Place roast on rack in shallow roasting pan. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is centered in thickest part of beef, not resting in fat. Do not add water or cover. Roast in 325°F oven 1-1/2 to 2 hours for medium rare doneness.
  4. Remove roast when meat thermometer registers 135°F for medium rare. Transfer roast to carving board; tent loosely with aluminum foil. Let stand 15 to 20 minutes. (Temperature will continue to rise about 10°F to reach 145°F for medium rare.)
  5. Roast the remaining roasts the same way.
  6. To serve, carve roast into thin slices; season with salt and black pepper, as desired.

Make Ahead Option

The beef can be cooked the day before the wedding. Let it rest for the required 15 to 20 minutes after it comes out of the oven before refrigerating it.

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Recipe: Chocolate Mousse (Parve) – Wedding Dessert for 50 People

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"I love you and Grandmum's parev chocolate mousse."

Chocolate mousse is the dessert in the Buckingham Palace reception menu I posted yesterday. I’ll be posting recipes from the menu all week, kosher-fied and with additional special touches, so that you can recreate the menu for your wedding.

This version of chocolate mousse comes from Evelyn Rose’s The New Complete International Jewish CookbookJewish wedding recipes, a book that I use a lot for entertaining. It’s often the first book I turn to when I want to add something new to my repertoire, because the recipes never disappoint.

The recipe is parve (meaning it doesn’t have any dairy or animal products), so you can serve it after a meat meal.

You can make this mousse up to three months ahead and freeze it, or keep it in the refrigerator up to four days, which makes it especially convenient for a small, self-catered wedding.

Chocolate Mousse Recipe (Parve)

Serves 50

Chocolate Mousse Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. plain (semi-sweet) chocolate
  • 30 eggs, separated
  • 4 level Tbsp instant coffee, dissolved in 6 Tbsp hot water
  • 6 fl oz (¾ cup) rum, Creme de Menthe, brandy, Cointreau or orange juice
  • 5 Tbsp caster (superfine) sugar
  • For the garnish: 8 oz. (2 cups) toasted almonds or chopped walnuts

Chocolate Mousse Instructions

  1. Break up the chocolate and stand in a basin over very hot (not boiling) water. Heat gently until melted, then remove from heat. (Or melt, uncovered, for 1½ minutes on 100 percent power in the microwave.)
  2. Immediately drop in the egg yolks and beat vigorously until the mixture begins to thicken.
  3. Stir in the coffee or the liqueur. Allow to go quite cold.
  4. Beat the egg whites until they just hold soft peaks, then beat in the caster sugar.
  5. Pour the chocolate mixture into the bowl containing the egg whites and blend together.
  6. Spoon into individual paper cases.

Make Ahead Options

Keeps four days in the refrigerator or three months in the freezer.

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How Big of a Wedding Cake Do I Need?

wedding cakesThe size of cake you’ll need depends on how big a slice you want to give each guest. The standard piece of wedding cake is 1″x2″. That’s for a piece of cake 3-6″ high. This wedding industry standard assumes that your guests are going to get a token piece of wedding cake and that you’ll be serving other desserts.

But for a small wedding, the wedding cake is often more than symbolic; it’s the main dessert. If that’s the case for your wedding, you might want to increase the size of each slice to 1½”x2″, the standard “party size” slice of cake.

Sometimes, hosts feel the need to serve extra-large “generous” or “event” size slices that are 2″x2″. That’s a big piece of cake. Don’t feel that you need to give everyone a piece this size in order to be generous. Chances are, hardly anyone will eat a piece this big. In fact, chances are a good number of people won’t eat a whole wedding or party-sized piece. A better strategy is to serve wedding or party-size slices and have extra servings for the people who want seconds. (There’s something warm and homey about being able to give a guest a second helping of cake, something that’s a lot more likely at a small wedding than a large wedding.)

The chart below gives the number of servings you can expect to get from various sizes of round and square cakes, for both wedding and party-size slices. Select a size or a combination of cake layer sizes that will provide enough servings for your guests.

Remember, too, that you might want to set aside a small top layer or at least a couple of slices in the freezer to save for your first anniversary.

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Wedding Cake Size and Servings Chart

Round cake diameter Wedding–size servings Party-size servings
5″ 10 4
6″ 12 6
7″ 19 10
8″ 24 15
9″ 32 22
10″ 38 30
12″ 56 50
14″ 76 60
Square cake Wedding–size servings Party-size servings
6″ 18 12
8″ 32 20
9″ 42 26
10″ 50 34
12″ 72 48

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Recipe: Salade Niçoise for a Crowd (Parve/Vegetarian)

There’s a special place in my heart for couples who cater their own weddings and communities whose members join together to make a wedding meal. I’ve thrown plenty of dinner parties of various sizes in my life, and I’m a serious student of the buffet. I’ve read books, I study photos, and I’m always on the lookout for delicious, practical, and beautiful foods worthy of a celebration table. Today at a Bat Mitzvah lunch I came across a buffet dish worth sharing with those of you out there who find themselves responsible for feeding a celebratory crowd. The dish: a salade nicoise platter. It’s delicious and easy to make, and sitting on a buffet it’s alive with color.

Salade Niçoise is a great dish, because it’s a hardy main-dish salad with a variety of nutritious foods: fresh salad greens, tuna, hard-boiled eggs, green beans, tomatoes, and black olives. Traditional salade Niçoise also has anchovies, capers, and shallots, but this version leaves them out in order to appeal to a wide crowd (and eliminate the most expensive ingredients).

When you’re making enough food to feed a crowd, a platter is a great way to present the salad because guests can build their salad as they like, and unlike salads served in large bowls, the tastiest ingredients won’t get lost in all the greens.

The platter also looks beautiful on a buffet with all the colorful ingredients set out in different sections of the platter. If it hadn’t been Shabbat, I would have taken a photo for you, but let me describe it for you: the bright greens of the lettuce and green beans, the red of the tomatoes, the white and yellow of the eggs, and the black olives, along with the flaked tuna.

I’ll also admit that I like salade Niçoise because it’s fun to say: Having spent a year in former-French-colony Tunisia, I can pass on the pronunciation with some confidence: salad nee-SWAHS. For the times when a written menu is called for, it’s also fun to write (or to take the time to track down the required website design HTML tag for) the letter “c” with the cedilla mark in the middle of niçoise. There it is. Did you see it there in the middle of the word? Lovely. Too much fun for a Saturday night.

Enough about my love affair with salade niçoise; it’s time to begin yours. The instructions are for a platter of 24 servings. To feed more people than that, prepare more platters.

I need to give credit to the folks who put together today’s lunch, which was at Tifereth Israel Synagogue in Washington, DC. It’s an exceptionally friendly community, and their special occasion kiddush lunches are always wonderful.

Recipe: Salade Niçoise for a Crowd (Parve)

Serves 24

Ingredients
4 heads Boston-lettuce leaves; washed, dried, and shredded into small pieces
4 pounds green beans, steamed
12 ripe tomatoes, cut into wedges
16 small boiling potatoes, cooked and cut in half
12 ounces canned chunk tuna, oil packed, flaked with a fork
18 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and quartered
1 cup good-quality small pitted black olives

Vinaigrette Ingredients
2 Tbsp Dijon-type mustard
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 Tbsp kosher red wine vinegar
3 cups good quality olive oil
Freshly ground pepper

Instructions for Salade Niçoise

  1. Whisk the vinaigrette ingredients together. Adjust the seasonings as necessary.
  2. Toss the green beens with a quarter cup of the the vinaigrette.
  3. Arrange the shredded lettuce in a heap running down the middle of a large platter. Arrange the other ingredients around the lettuce, keeping all of each component together.
  4. Serve the remaining vinaigrette on the side of the platter.

Make Ahead Option

You can prepare the components a day before. Cover and refridgerate each component separately. Combine them on the platter just before serving so that the salad looks fresh when you serve it.

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