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Jewish Medicine (Chicken Soup)

Source: Lior’s Kitchen Talk

1 stewing chicken or portion thereof
1 tablespoon salt
1 onion
4 celery tops
2 carrots
2 bunches parsley leaves

For variety try some of the following additions:

1 beef bone or turkey giblet
1 garlic clove
1 parsnip
1 small potato
Half a kohlrabi
A cluster of cauliflower

Clean the chicken.
Cover the chicken in a pot (4-5 quarts) with water.
Add salt and bring this to the boil.
Simmer for an hour.
Add the vegetables and simmer for another hour.
Let the soup stand until it gets cold and skim off the top.

Fritters In syrup

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Fritters in Syrup (Zalabia)

Source : Los Angeles Times 11-27-02

Sugar Syrup
5 cups granulated sugar
2 cups water
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tablespoon rose or orange blossom water

2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup hot water (120 to 130 degrees F)
3 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups warm water
Oil (for frying)

For the Sugar Syrup: Place the sugar, water and lemon juice in a saucepan and simmer until it is thick enough to coat a spoon, about 15 minutes.
Add the rose or orange blossom water and simmer a few seconds longer, then remove from the heat and let come to room temperature.
Cover while you make the fritters.

For the Batter: Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the half cup of hot water and let stand until it froths, 10 to 15 minutes.
Place the flour in a large bowl, mix in the yeast liquid and the salt, then gradually stir in the remaining 2 1/2 cups water and beat vigorously on medium-high speed with an electric mixer until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.
Cover with a dish towel and leave to rise in a warm place for 1 hour, then beat the batter another 10 minutes, and let it rise again for 30 minutes.
Beat the batter again for 10 minutes, then let it rest a final time for 30 minutes.

Make the fritters in batches, using 2 skillets at once, if you prefer, to speed up the frying: Fill a deep, nonstick skillet a little more than half full with oil and heat to 375 degrees F.
Drop little balls of batter by the tablespoon into the oil; you may find it easiest if you dip the spoon in oil first, then fill it with batter using another spoon so that the batter rolls off easily. Wipe the spoon with a damp paper towel after making each ball.
Fry the balls, turning them with a slotted spoon to brown them all over, until crisp, golden and puffed, about 7 minutes.
Do not crowd the skillet; 6 at a time is a good number.
The batter is light and produces irregular, rather than perfectly round, shapes.
If the oil is not hot enough to begin with, the batter tends to flatten out. Lift the fritters out with a slotted spoon, drain on paper towels and dip them in the cold syrup for a few seconds (if you prefer, you may leave them longer to soak up syrup).
Set them on a wire rack with wax paper underneath to drain.
They are at their best hot but are also good cold.
Variation: Instead of dipping the fritters in a sugar syrup, pour a honey syrup over them; make it by heating honey with about half its volume of water.
You can also sprinkle the fritters instead with powdered sugar and cinnamon.

16 to 18 servings (96 fritters)

Each of 18 servings: 141 calories; 66 mg.
sodium; 0 cholesterol; 5 grams fat; 0 saturated fat; 22 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams protein; 0.70 gram fiber


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Variations can be made by sprinkling bagels with poppy seed or kosher salt before baking.

3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 package active dry yeast
2/3 cup lukewarm water
3 tablespoons vegetable oil or shortening
1 egg
4 quarts boiling water
2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Sift dry ingredients together into a deep mixing bowl.

Dissolve yeast in 1/3 of the lukewarm water.
Add oil or melted shortening to remainder of warm water and stir into dissolved yeast.

Make a well in the center of flour mixture and stir in the liquid, adding slightly beaten egg when half the liquid has been used.
Stir briskly to form a ball of dough and knead on a lightly floured board 2 minutes.
Return dough to mixing bowl, smooth side up, and punch down 3 times.
Cover and let rise at room temperature 15 to 20 minutes, or until the dough has come to top of bowl.

Knead again on board until smooth and elastic as for rolls. Divide dough into 12 equal portions.
Form into lengths not more than 3/4 inch thick, pinching ends together.
Place on a floured cookie sheet and slip under broiler 3 minutes.

Drop each bagel into rapidly boiling water in a deep kettle and cook over moderate heat — 15 to 20 minutes.

Skim out and place bagels on a cookie sheet.
Bake at 375 degrees F for 10 minutes, then increase heat to 400 degrees F for 5 to 6 minutes or until bagels are browned and crust golden brown and crisp, approximately 15 minutes.

Makes 12 bagels.

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