Sukkot is our autumn holiday when, for eight days, we eat in outside huts to remind us of how the Israelites lived as they traveled through the desert from Egypt to Israel.  The holiday reminds us that like in the dessert we are still reliant upon G-d’s continuous protection.  Eating and (for some) sleeping in the Sukkah also shows us that we have the capacity to live simply, without the fancy trappings of our lives.

In most places in the United States, by Sukkot, the weather has started to get cooler so this is the holiday when we typically transition to fall desserts such as warm cobblers and puddings.  On this holiday, you have to plan meals that do not involve a multitude of dishes so you have fewer things to bring outside.  For dessert, you want one big dessert to feed everyone.  The first two days of the holiday are festival days when we do not work and have festive meals and need some fancier desserts.  The remaining days are “chol hamoed” days and we need appropriate snacks for those days as well.

Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

The last two days of the holiday are Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, both festival days.  In Israel, they are celebrated as one day.  Simchat Torah is a joyous holiday when we sing and march and dance with Torah scrolls to show our love for the Torah, the foundation of our lives.

The Kosher Baker

Lemon Bars
Scones au Chocolat
Pecan Bars
Date Cake
Pumpkin Cake
Apricot Pastries
Amaretto Cookies
Banana Bread
Black and Blue Muffins
Carrot Cake
Pear and Berry Cobbler
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Almond Anise Biscotti
Twinkies Cupcakes
Rugelach Variations
Plum Tart
Poppy Seed Tart
Pear and Almond Tart
Cinnamon Apricot Pull Apart Babka

The Holiday Kosher Baker

Fruit Cobbler
Whole Grain Challah
Tea Sandwich Cookies
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies
Sugar-Free Pumpkin Bread

Mocha and Whisky Chocolate Bread Pudding
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Everything Rugelach
Chocolate Pistachio Molten
Red Velvet Layer Cake with Vanilla
and Chocolate Creams
Pear and Almond Pithivier
Chestnut Mousse
Salted Caramel Banana Tart Tatin