On Shavuos we mark the anniversary of the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. And whereas on the other Jewish holidays we celebrate by eating meat and drinking wine, it is customary to eat at least one dairy meal on Shavuos.
There are many reasons behind this custom, including the fact that after receiving the Torah, the Jews became obligated in the laws of ritual slaughter. Since they did not have time to prepare kosher meat, they ate dairy that Shavuos. And so today, we do the same.
We hope you enjoy some of our Shavous favorites.
This is a great recipe that feeds a crowd. While it’s far from low-fat, you can save on the calories by replacing the margarine with oil.
5 lbs. flour
2 c. sugar
6 sticks margarine
2 c. water
4 egg yolks
3-4 tsp. salt
4 oz. yeast dissolved in 1 c. warm water
2 lbs. farmer cheese
1 c. sugar
4 tsp. vanilla sugar
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 c. sour cream
1 c. flour
Combine dough ingredients and knead until it forms a smooth ball. Set aside and let rise until double in size, about 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out the dough and cut into squares. Mix filling ingredients. Place a spoonful of cheese filling in the middle of each square and pinch 2 opposite edges together. Brush top with Karo syrup or apricot jam and bake for 20 minutes.