Hanukkah and Cheese Latkes

 

Hanukkah

In 165 B.C. Judas Maccabaeus, and his small band of followers, defeated the superior forces of King Antiochus to recapture Jerusalem. When the Jewish priests went to rededicate the temple, after it have been profaned by pagan worship of the Syrian Greeks, they found that they only had enough consecrated oil to keep the Great Menorah burning for one night. But, to their astonishment the Great Menorah continued to burn for eight days. The Jews saw this as a sign from God that their faith would continue. This miracle of deliverance has been celebrated ever since.

Latkes, pancakes, are a staple in the Jewish diet throughout the year. However, they are dressed up for Hanukkah and are served on the first night of the celebration. These fried pancakes are eaten to remember the miracle of the burning oil in the rededicated Holy
Temple.

Wishing everyone a Happy Hanukkah!

Cheese Latkes

2 cups small curd cottage cheese
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
Oil for frying
Powdered sugar

In medium bowl, mix all ingredients together, beat until smooth. Heat a large skillet. Pour in oil until ¼ inch deep for frying. Pour in enough batter to make 3-inch pancakes. Fry about 2 minutes, turn pancakes over with spatula and fry until golden brown on both sides.

Sift powdered sugar on top of warm pancake for garnish. Top with applesauce, sour cream or fruit. Blueberry or cherry pie filling is good.

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