Here in TRLEOOB*, the dessert at our seudah hamafseket (the festive meal right before Yom Kippur) always consists of something we call “Crumb Cake”.
In truth, it’s not really cake. Indeed, most people would probably call them Crumb Bars or even Jam Squares.
Either way, it’s the perfect way to start off the fast. It’s light, not overly sweet, and very easy to make.
And if you happen to have any leftovers, they work well after the fast too!
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 cups flour
- 2 heaping tsp baking powder (i.e. one envelope for our Israeli readers)
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla or almond extract (we like vanilla)
- 1 cup oil (I use canola)
- Any flavor jelly, jam, marmalade or preserves (we prefer strawberry)
- An additional 1/2 – 3/4 c. flour for the crumbs
Combine dry ingredients. Add eggs and extract. Slowly add oil, and knead dough by hand. Spread 2/3 of dough into a baking-paper-lined (or greased) 9x13 baking pan. Spread jelly over dough in pan. Add extra flour to remaining dough to form crumbs. Cover jelly with crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until golden-brown. Remove from oven. Cut into bars but leave them in the pan until they are cool.
Update: I wrote more about these bars’ history here.
גמר חתימה טובה
May you have an easy and meaningful fast, and may we all be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life for a good, sweet, happy, healthy, prosperous, and peaceful new year!
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