Sunday, October 5, 2014

Breaking Fast with Date and Walnut Phyllo Rolls

Yesterday was the Day of Atonement, also known as Yom Kippur, which calls for a day of fasting in the Jewish tradition.  People refrain from eating until sundown, after which you usually break the fast with very Jewishy food such as bagels, cream cheese, all sorts of salads and the like.  

Dessert is a big production as well, and the tradition in my family is for this part of the meal to take precedence over the main course.

Deciding to make something new and unusual for me, I found an interesting recipe in Bon Appetit for Date and Walnut Phyllo Rolls with a side of a Greek yogurt spread.  Exposed to these types of pastries in Astoria for many years, I've always delighted in them, but never actually tried making them on my own, until now.

I have to say they came out pretty great, even though preparation was a bit finicky, especially when dealing with the fragile and quick-to-dry-out phyllo dough.  My sister-in-law's mom, Tanya gave me the tip to use thicker phyllo sheets next time (#7 vs. #4), and I'll certainly try that out, as I will be making these again.  Hope you try them too and let me know about the varieties you think up.

Date and Phyllo Cigars - recipe, courtesy of Bon Appetit

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