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Yom Kippur Break-Fast Menu

Anya Hoffman

Anya Hoffman

September 25, 2012


A Yom Kippur break-fast menu, curated by the James Beard Foundation

Every year on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, Jews around the world fast from sundown to sundown to mark their atonement. After night falls, it is customary to break the fast with a light meal that often bears more of a resemblance to breakfast than dinner: bagels, lox, and all the fixings are frequently served along with egg dishes, noodle kugels, and coffee cakes. Here are some of the dishes that will be on our fast-breaking table tomorrow night:

Smoked Bluefish with Potato Pancakes, Greek Yogurt, and Dill [JBF]

Ease into eating with these smoked fish canapés.

Pear and Ricotta Blintzes with Spiced Maple-Butter Sauce [Epicurious]

Rum-soaked currants and a cinnamon-flecked maple sauce transform this autumnal make-ahead dish.

Fig, Olive Oil, and Sea Salt Challah [Smitten Kitchen]

If you're lucky enough to have any leftovers of this fragrant, addictive challah, use them to make an incredible plate of French toast the next morning.

James Beard's Spinach Quiche [JBF]

This basic quiche recipe can be varied according to your preferences: if you don't care for spinach, use mushrooms, Swiss chard, or broccoli instead.

Bagel Pudding with Prunes and Raisins [Martha Stewart]

Your bubbe probably never served it, but bagel bread pudding seems like an especially fitting dish to serve at a break-fast gathering. Chocolate lovers can swap in bittersweet chocolate chips for the dried fruit.