The Jewish High Holidays


Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year.  It is the anniversary of the creation of Man, a time when we acknowledge G-d as Creator of the entire universe.  We recognize not only G-d’s historic role in the world but G-d’s continuous presence in our lives.  During services we pray to G-d to grant us a happy and healthy new year.  The shofar (an instrument made of a ram’s horn) is blown to serve as a wake-up call to repentance. 


This is one of the most important holidays of the Jewish calendar and begins the Ten Days of Repentance between Rosh Hashanah and the fast day of Yom Kippur. During the ten days we ask people for forgiveness for any sins we may have committed against them and then on Yom Kippur we fast and spend most of the day in the synagogue asking G-d for forgiveness for our sins and praying that G-d grants us a year of peace, health, prosperity and happiness.


Baking for Rosh Hashanah

My first baking priority for Rosh Hashanah is making sure I have enough challahs to serve the crowds I entertain. Make sure to count the challahs you need for lunches as well as dinners when planning. I make individual challah rolls for each guest and give each person a small bowl of honey to save time passing everything around to 20 plus people. Try to get your challah baking done at least 2 weeks before the holiday. All the recipes in The Kosher Baker and The Holiday Kosher Baker have storage instructions so you know what you can bake in advance and freeze. 

Baking for Yom Kippur Break Fast

All baking must be done in advance of Yom Kippur as we are not permitted to cook on the holiday. I prepare my grandmother's dairy kugel in advance and freeze it, as well as babkas and cookies that I can thaw during the holiday and be ready to serve when the fast is over. 

The Kosher Baker

Easy Desserts

Chocolate Chip Mandelbread

Lemon Rosemary Biscotti Sticks

Orange Tea Cake

Apple Upside Down Cake

Date Cake

Lime Poppyseed Pound Cake

Apricot Pastries

Apple Pastry

Cinnamon Palmiers

Quick Apricot Tart

Two and Multiple Step

Coffee Cardamom Shortbread

Linzer Tarts

Almond Anise Biscotti

Raspberry Bars

Lemon Bars

Rugelach Three Ways

Cinnamon Horns

Carrot Cake with Cinnamon Honey Cream Cheese Frosting

Basic Scones

Layered Baklava with Orange Blossom Syrup

Cinnamon Apricot Pull-Apart Babka

Chocolate Babka

Chocolate Rolls

Pear and Almond tart

Challah Chapter

sugar-free babka and mandelbread


The Holiday Kosher Baker

Easy Desserts

Pizza Ebraica

Babka Bites

Honey Cake Biscotti

Chocolate Madeleines

Orange Honey Madeleines


Cranberry and Orange Spelt Scones

Chocolate and Almond Croissants

Cheese Danish

Whole-Wheay Chocolate Babka

Pecan Sticky Buns

Whole Grain Carrot Cake


Quinoa Pudding with Caramelized Apples and Honey

Nana's Holiday Apple Cake

Apricot and Berry Strudel

Vanilla and Chocolate 12-Layer Cake

Chocolate Ganache Layer Cake

Ombre Layer Cake

Apple Pizza Tart

Raspberry and Rose Macaron Cake

Apple and Honey Challah Rolls

More dessert recipes for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Break Fast


Round Challahs


Sweet and Savory Challah Poppers


Chocolate and Cranberry Mandelbread


Honey Cake Cupcakes with Toasted Icing


Blueberry Tart with Almond Cream


Cranberry Babka


Apple Pastry Pie


Babka Bundt Cake


Chocolate and Pecan Honey Cake Bread


Chocolate, Zucchini and Walnut Muffins


Cranberry and Raspberry Rugelach



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