These easy, make-ahead recipes are perfect for breaking your Yom Kippur fast.
After the Jewish Day of Atonement (this year it starts at sundown on Sunday, Sept. 27, and ends the next evening, on Monday the 28th), breaking the fast with a special Yom Kippur spread is something everyone looks forward to. Noodle kugel, blintzes, and bagels are typical, but with a bit of planning you can give your Yom Kippur celebration a homemade touch. Easy recipes, big portions—and nobody will know you haven’t spent the last few days cooking up a feast.
Nothing says easy like a casserole, right? This one, with smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers, and “everything” bagels, contains everything you love about your bagel place and combines it in a casserole dish. Get our Smoked Salmon and Bagel Breakfast Casserole recipe.
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If you can scramble eggs, you can make a frittata. This one, originally from now-defunct blog The Jew & the Carrot, contains kale and roasted red peppers along with some cheese, but you can change up the mix-ins depending on what you have on hand. Get our Kale Frittata recipe.
Traditional challah is a challenge. Braiding the strands of dough takes practice, and your first attempt can turn out looking more like a blob than a showpiece for a buffet. This recipe for pull-apart challah from Joy of Kosher’s Jamie Geller eliminates the most difficult part—all it requires is a bit of kneading and enough patience to let the dough rise. If you want to try your hand at braiding, go for it! Otherwise, get the Pull-Apart Challah recipe.
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Noodle kugel is a comforting, tastes-better-than-it-looks dish that can easily be doubled or tripled depending on how many people you need to feed. Jazz up this basic recipe with raisins, cinnamon or other spices, nuts, and/or fruit. Get our Luchen Kugel recipe.
It’s easy to pick up a pint of egg salad at the deli, but making it from scratch is quick and easy, and what you end up with tastes better. This recipe, which incorporates elements of a French gribiche, is elegant and surprising and goes really well with smoked fish. Consider cooking more than you need to set yourself up for a few grab-and-go lunches. Get our Egg Salad Gribiche recipe.
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Chicken noodle soup can be as easy or as involved as you want it to be. In its simplest form, it’s just browning some chicken on the stove and simmering aromatics in a pot. Add noodles, heat it all together, and voilà! A big bowl of steaming goodness is on your table in an hour flat with this simple recipe. You can even lose the noodles and add matzo balls, à la San Francisco’s Wise Sons. And if you have a leftover rotisserie chicken, shred the meat to add at the end and make slow cooker stock from the carcass a couple days ahead of time. Get our Easy Chicken Noodle Soup recipe.
Apple cake is a classic Jewish holiday dessert, perfect for Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah, or any Shabbat dinner. A great cake for fall, our simple one-bowl Apple Dapple Cake recipe calls for vegetable oil in the batter (skip the glaze topping if you want to avoid butter and cream), which yields an extremely moist crumb.
With similar ingredients and the same super-moist texture but an entirely different flavor thanks to rich olive oil and sweet honey that caramelizes to a dark golden-brown goo, this sticky upside-down cake from Brooklyn bakery Edith’s is a perfect option (and you only need a regular cake pan to make it). Get the Caramelized Apple, Honey and Olive Oil Upside Down Cake.