Helena-Reet: Hanukkah party table and the lighting of candles + RECIPE: rhubarb cheesecake with almonds

Helena-Reet: Hanukkah party table and the lighting of candles + RECIPE: rhubarb cheesecake with almonds

NordenBladet – Yesterday was the beginning of Hanukkah*, one of my favourite holidays. This time, instead of potato latkes -or potato pancakes- I prepared fried sweet potatoes, onion sauce, beef and fresh pesto salad. For dessert I made some rhubarb cheesecake with almonds! In the evening we lit the first Hanukkah candle! Below you can see pictures depicting my cooking merit and our holiday table. Since Hanukkah lasts for as long as eight days in a row (this year from 10 to 17 December, or according to Hebrew calendar from 24.Kislev to 02.Tevet), then in the kitchen there is a lot of cooking and there will be many a feast.

Here is a recipe of a delicious plate cake!


You will need:

500g pack of Selver layered dough
300g pack “Tere” vanilla curd paste
100g “Farmi” creamy kitchen cheese
200-400g chopped rhubarbs
50g wheat flour
250g “Taluvõi” butter
100-200g almond flakes

Underneath goes the puff pastry (roll it evenly across the plate), then spread over it the curd paste and the creamy cheese. While the creamy cheese is thick then just measure little portions with the tablespoon to be dispersed over the surface. Then add the rhubarbs and season the cake with cinnamon and vanilla sugar. On top of everything make the classical powder coating (chop butter in a bowl and mix with flour) and on top of that in turn pour some of the almond flakes. The cake will be ready after half an hour in the oven at 200 degrees. It tastes wonderful while still hot (then it is slightly liquid) or the next day served cold! Yummi! Bon appetit and season’s greetings!


*Hanukkah (/ˈhɑːnəkə/ HAH-nə-kə; Hebrew: חֲנֻכָּה‎ ḥanuká; a transliteration also romanized as Chanukah, Ḥanukah, Chanuka, Hanuka) is a Jewish festival commemorating an early victory in the Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid Empire: the recapture of Jerusalem in the year 164 B.C.E. and rededication of the Second Temple. It is also known as the Festival of Lights (Hebrew: חַג הַאוּרִים‎, ḥag ha’urim).

Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. The festival is observed by lighting the candles of a candelabrum with nine branches, called a menorah (or hanukkiah). One branch is typically placed above or below the others and its candle is used to light the other eight candles. This unique candle is called the shamash (Hebrew: שַׁמָּשׁ‎, “attendant”). Each night, one additional candle is lit by the shamash until all eight candles are lit together on the final night of the festival. Other Hanukkah festivities include playing the game of dreidel and eating oil-based foods, such as latkes and sufganiyot, and dairy foods. Since the 1970s, the worldwide Chabad movement has initiated public menorah lightings in open public places in many countries.


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