commemorates the giving of the
Torah to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai and is also the Festival of the First
Fruits. The synagogue and home are decorated with flowers, plants and fruits.
Dairy foods such as cheesecake and blintzes (which represent the shape of the
Torah) are traditionally served.
Smaller individual cheesecakes baked in cupcake pans take less time to bake. You
can also vary the fillings - e.g., chocolate, vanilla. Substitute different
liqueurs (orange, coffee, hazelnut, almond) instead of vanilla. You can swirl
melted semi-sweet chocolate into the batter. Fresh berries make terrific
toppings. For praline cheesecakes, use brown sugar instead of white; garnish
with pecan halves.
Cheesecakes - they are so versatile. They're smooth and decadent
tasting, yet low in fat. You can make them with Yogurt Cheese, which is fat-free
and provides a wonderful creamy texture, or could also use sour cream. Enjoy!