Know what the most popular post on this site is, right at this very moment? By far?
It’s a post called “Mmm… kichelicious.”
I adore kichel, the dry unsweetened European cookie that has been a staple of Jewish life since… well, probably since someone’s Bubby needed to make cookies and discovered that she was out of sugar. Apparently, thousands of people out there on the Internet love kichel and want to know how to make it well at home.
I enjoyed a baking demo she did yesterday at the home of the U.S. ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro. She did a really great job of preparing a couple of basic recipes that I hope to share with you very soon.
But the real reason for her crusade to bring simple, delicious pareve baking recipes to home cooks is because, as she said yesterday, “in the U.S., pareve desserts… are absolutely horrific.”
Foremost among the horrors? The kichels on every table, at every shul kiddush. Paula did not mince words, describing them as a “dog biscuit with sugar on top.”