Chanucah

Braw bricht lichts of Chanucah

By David Aaronovitch, December 13, 2012

So, readers, "Happy Hannukah!" That's what it says on the strange, giant, zinc candlestick near Jack Straw's Castle in Hampstead (for our more observant customers, I ought to explain that Hampstead is a shtetl about 2,500 miles west of Jerusalem and 10 miles south-east of Radlett).

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Healthy Chanucah Carrot Cake

By Ruth Joseph, December 13, 2012

INGREDIENTS
140g plain flour
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
Pinch of salt
5 heaped tbsp ground almonds or walnuts
2 organic free-range eggs
225g fairtrade light brown muscovado sugar
180ml light olive oil
180ml orange juice (equivalent to about 1½ oranges)
Zest of 1½ oranges
Juice of ½ lemon
1 tsp vanilla extract
300g carrots, peeled and finely grated

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Apple, pear and olive oil cake

By Denise Phillips, December 13, 2012

This is perfect for Chanucah tea as it captures the symbolic use of oil as an ingredient as well as being an ideal recipe for an afternoon snack. Olive oil makes dense, moist cakes and goes well with fruity flavours.

Preparation: 25 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour
Serves 8

Ingredients
60ml olive oil
225g caster sugar
5 eggs, separated
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

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Roasted Beetroot and Apple Salad

By Ryan Bartley, December 13, 2012

The combination of earthy beetroot, salty feta and sweet dressing in this recipe makes a cleansing salad for your Chanucah table. The combination of purple, golden and candy-striped beetroot adds a wonderful colour contrast. If you cannot get hold of multi-coloured beetroots, the standard beetroot can be used to make a deeply purple salad. Chanucah’s golden olive oil is used in the dressing.

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Baked doughnuts with creme patissiere filling

By Lisa Roukin, December 13, 2012

It seems strange to put “baked” and “doughnuts” in the same sentence but believe me, they are good. If you haven’t got time to make the custard filling, they are equally delicious unfilled; or try ready-made alternatives like strawberry jam, chocolate spread or lemon curd.”

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 10-12 minutes

Makes 20

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Chanucah 2012

By Sandy Rashty, December 11, 2012
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Chanucah wishes from Prime Minister David Cameron

December 8, 2012

Prime Minister David Cameron said:

"I am delighted to wish the Jewish community in the UK and across the world a happy and peaceful Chanucah.

"Chanucah is a magical eight day festival that children look forward to throughout the year – a joyous time of candles, doughnuts and gifts.

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How to make the festival even sweeter

By Richard Ehrlich, December 6, 2012

When I was a child we sometimes had chicken for our Chanucah dinner. But mostly it was my mother’s pot roast brisket, which I have already pointed out in these pages was the greatest brisket cooked anywhere since the end of the Babylonian exile. Sadly, we stuck with cookies and pastries instead of doughnuts – not that anyone ever had room for many of them.

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Fruit tempura with salted caramel dipping sauce

By Ryan Bartley, December 6, 2012

This classic Japanese recipe is traditionally savoury. I have transformed it from a starter into an interesting dessert and teamed it with a salted caramel sauce.

INGREDIENTS

250ml ice-cold sparkling water
½ egg, beaten
100g plain flour plus extra for coating
50g cornflour
½ tsp baking powder
1 apple, cored and sliced
1 pear, cored and sliced

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Cinnamon doughnuts with hot chocolate sauce

By Kevin Mangeolles’s, December 6, 2012

This recipe makes for an entertaining dessert. They’re not doughnuts in the strictest sense of the word, but they do make for a pretty and tasty alternative.

Serves 6

Ingredients

For the doughnuts:
125g plain flour
20g sugar
1 orange, zested
20g butter
20g yeast
1 tbsp milk
1 egg

For the chocolate sauce:
75g dark chocolate, broken into cubes
10g butter
5 tbsp milk

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