Cheesecake in a Jar

Anyone that follows trends, knows that anything tastes better in a Mason-like jar!

My baking Addiction displays this incredibly creamy-looking cheesecake in a jar. The berries alone look incredible! What a fun Shavuot, Seudat Shlishit or even a party dessert bar! The uses are endless!

Cheesecake in a Jar
 

Ingredients
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • zest of one lemon
  • 2 packages cream cheese, 8 oz each; room temperature
  • 2 large eggs; room temperature
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh berries

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Begin to boil a large pot of water for the water bath.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with your paddle attachment, combine the sugar and lemon zest and mix until the sugar is moistened and fragrant. Add in the cream cheese and cream together until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, fully incorporating each before adding the next. Make sure to scrape down the bowl in between each egg. Add heavy cream and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  4. Pour batter into canning jars until about ¾ of the way full. Place jars into a larger pan and pour boiling water into the larger pan until halfway up the sides of the jars.
  5. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, the edges will appear to be set, but the center will still have a little jiggle to it.
  6. Carefully remove the cheesecake jars from the water bath and place on a cooling rack to cool completely. Once the cheesecakes are completely cooled, place them into the refrigerator for at least 5 hours. Top will fresh berries and serve.

Notes
Notes from mybakingaddiction.com For glossy berries, simply add 1 tablespoon of hot water to ¼ cup apricot preserves. Blend until combined and thinned out. Place the berries in a bowl and gently brush and toss the berries with the apricot and water mixture. If you are not a fan of lemon, simply omit the zest. If you are missing the graham cracker crust, serve with graham sticks.

 

Photo Credit: My Baking Addiction
Recipe Credit: My Baking Addiction

Har Sinai Cupcake

What a great surprise for the kids for dessert on Shavuot!

I couldn’t stop cracking up at the little Lego Israelites! Too funny!

Back to the cupcake! Joanna, from Bible Belt Balabusta shows us a wonderful, and pretty easy way to create Har Sinai on a cupcake, a mini cupcake, a muffin, or even a full size cake! She even give some great suggestions for the 2 Ten Commandment tablets! What’s your favorite? I was thinking mine was an easy guess, the Hershey chocolates, but then I noticed the marshmallows and may have to go that route!

What may also look great is if your pipe the grass using the Wilton decorating tip #234. There are many other ideas and options seen in this Kveller article.

Photo Credit: Bible Belt Balabusta
Tutorial Credit: Bible Belt Balabusta

 

Cupcake Liner Flowers – Shavuot Centerpiece

What table wouldn’t look wonderful with a few small vases of these homemade cupcake liner flowers!? Just picture a long, beautifully set table adorned from end to end with these masterpieces!

Here is a tutorial for a wonderful centerpiece or gift for Shavuot! While there are photo’s of a step by step which I usually love, Creative Jewish Mom gives thorough directions.

I can picture some uber colorful flowers using different colored cupcake liners, such as these and sprinkling the edges with fine glitter by Martha Stewart.

BUDGETING TIP: Of course, this wouldn’t be The Kosher Home {on a budget} without telling you to buy this glitter from Michaels with a 40% or 50% off COUPON!

Cupcake Liner Flowers – Shavuot Centerpiece
 

Ingredients
  • You’ll Need:
  • Cupcake liners in three graduating sizes (small, medium, large)
  • Floral wire, around 22 gauge (you can also use pipe cleaners but use floral wire for this one!)
  • Red craft paint (or color of your choice)
  • Floral stamens
  • Fine glitter, if using.

Instructions
  1. How To:
  2. The large flowers are made from 9 total liners, 3 large, 3 medium and 3 small. the small flowers are made from 8 liners, all size small.
  3. Stack the liners according to size, one inside the next.
  4. With a very large needle, or something else sharp, like possibly a toothpick, poke a hole at the edge of the small liner, such that the hole goes all the way through all the layers. Make sure to keep holding your liners together after you poke the hole!
  5. Thread a piece of floral wire through the first hole, and poke a second hole opposite the first on the inside bottom edge of the liner. the point is that the holes should be about 1 inch apart.
  6. Thread your floral wire down through the second hole, and if you will be using floral stamens, insert them now under the wire. (You could also try using tiny piece of ribbon in place of the stamens!)
  7. Pull the wire as tightly as possible without tearing the paper and fold the whole flower into a half moon shape.
  8. Now, to shape your flower you’ll have to play around a bit, separating the layers from one another while folding them up and towards the center. You may also want to crumple the paper a bit or fold the edges back as you rotate the flower.
  9. To add subtle colored detail to your flower, dip a dense sponge in a small amount of paint and dab the edges. Alternatively you can use water color paint to add color to the whole flower, just go light on the paint!

Photo Credit: Creative Jewish Mom
Tutorial Credit:
Creative Jewish Mom

Floral Challah!

When I first saw this picture on Pinterest, my first thought was of course for Shavuot! What would be more gorgeous than to uncover the challah cover to 2 of these beauties!

Of course, you can use your favorite challah recipe, but Maya from foodivakitchen shows a phenomenal step by step instructions on assembling this challah.

Here is a sneak preview!

One of my favorite blogs The Challah Blog has some incredible (and VERY original!) recipes and shapes every week! Here is her basic challah recipe. Enjoy!

Floral Challah using a basic challah recipe
 

Ingredients
  • 1¼ c water
  • 1 tbsp active dry or instant yeast
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3 eggs + 1 egg for wash
  • ½ c neutral oil (we use canola, but vegetable is fine)
  • 6 c bread flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • sesame or poppy seeds or cinnamon sugar for topping (optional)

Instructions
  1. While I would usually include the instructions here, The Mrs. (as she is affectionately known on her blog!) has given an incredible step by step. I suggest you check it out at: http://www.thechallahblog.com/2011/01/basic-challah-recipe-1-with-honey.html