Category: Shemos – שמות

Parshas Vaeira 2013 – וארא

In Parshas Vaeira the first 7 of the 10 plagues occur.

  • Vaeira-dam
    דם
    Blood

    Lemon and Strawberry Sherbert

  • Vaeira-frogs-tzephardea
    צפרדע
    Frogs

    Found these cute frogs at the local bakery, it\’s a cupcake with green icing over it.

  • Vaeira-kinim-lice
    כינים
    Lice

    Marshmallows dipped in water then into ice tea mix

  • Vaeira-arov-wild-animals
    ערב
    Wild Animals

    Pinwheel cookies made in the shapes of lions and bears

  • Vaeira-dever-dead-animals
    דבר
    Plague

    Pink and white frosted animal crackers

  • Vaeira-shichin-boils
    שחין
    Boils

    Red button candy

  • Vaeira-barad-hail
    ברד
    Hail

    Dropped a red cherry sour into an ice cube made of soda

Parshas Shemos – שמות

Parshas Shemos starts the beginning of Bnei Yisroel\’s enslavement in Miztrayim.

We made checkerboard cake to look like the bricks Bnei Yisroel were forced to make.

White Cake:
7 eggs separated
1 c sugar
1/4 c oil
1 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp lemon juice
Beat egg whites and 1/4 c sugar till stiff. Mix rest of ingredients and fold into the whites. Bake at 350 for 20 min in 10×15 pan

Chocolate Cakes:
7 eggs separated
1 c sugar
1/4 c oil
1/2 c flour
1/2 c cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
Beat egg whites and 1/4 c sugar till stiff. Mix rest of ingredients and fold into the whites. Bake at 350 for 20 min in 10×15 pan

Once both cakes are cool flip them out and cut into quarters so you have 4 rectangles, then each rectangle into 3 strips.

Filling:
1/4 c margarine
2 Tbsp cocoa
2 Tbsp coffee grounds
1/2 tsp salt
3 c powdered sugar
5 Tbsp whip topping
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients together well.

Alternate strips of cake so that you have a checkerboard. Build it 4 levels high with filling in between (makes 2 cakes).

Icing
10 oz chocolate
3 Tbsp margarine
2 tsps water
2 Tbsp corn syrup
Melt chocolate and add all ingredients till its liquid. Pour over cake.

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שמות א:יד
Shemos 1:14

Parshas Vayakhel & Pekudei – ויקהל-פקודי

This week we have two parshiyos, Vayakhel and Pekudei. They review the kelim and garments that were used in the Mishkan. In these Parshiyos Bnei Yisroel actually built/made these items.

We decided to make a replica of the Mizbeach Haolah which was in the courtyard (outside) of the Mishkan.
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ויקהל לח:א
Vayakhel 38:1

1 – We used a basic white cake as a base, but you can use any pound cake you prefer. Bake it in a 9×13 pan so you have a large rectangle to work with.
White Cake
1/2 c oil
1 1/2 c sugar
2 eggs
2 1/4 c flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 c orange juice
1/2 c water
1 tsp vanilla extract
Beat sugar and oil, then add eggs. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

2 – Pop the cake out of the pan, and trim the sides so that they are squared off. Then cut the cake width-wise into 3 pieces. Stack the pieces so you have a 3 layer cake. Measure out a square, then make a diagonal cut starting from the end of the square to the bottom of the cake to form a ramp. You may want to add additional cake to the end to extend your ramp.
3 – Make a batch of your favorite frosting, we used the orange cream below with a bit of cocoa for a browner color. The mizbeach was made of copper so a brownish/golden cream is best. Frost between layers and over the top and sides.

Orange Cream Frosting
1/2 c margarine, softened
1 pound confectioners\’ sugar
2 Tbsps corn syrup
2 Tbsps orange juice
2 tsps vanilla extract
1 tsp Cocoa
Cream the margarine, then slowly add the confectioners\’ sugar until it is mixed well. Add the rest of the ingredients and beat
4 – We used mini-non-perils and mini-lentils for the borders and marzipan for the top four corners. We also used red licorice for the fire. Don\’t get bogged down with the specific types of candy used, just use whatever you have left from Purim 🙂 .

Parshas Ki Sisa – כי תשא

Parshas Ki Sisa starts with the Moshe being commanded about Machatzis Hashekel. The Machatzis Hashekel was collected from each male over the age of 20. One of the purposes of this collection was to take a census.

We made mint-chocolate coins for dessert to represent them.

כי תשא ל:יא
Ki Sisa 30:11

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1- We used round chocolate molds to make the chocolate mints

Chocolate:
2 Tbs oil
1 C chocolate chips

Mint:
1/3 C corn syrup
2/3 stick margarine
1lb confectioneries sugar
6 tsp mint extract

Melt the chocolate and spread a thin layer into the molds, once hard add the mint mixture on top of the chocolate then the final layer of chocolate melted on top.

2- We used white gel icing to write the “1/2” on the chocolate coins

Parshas Tetzaveh – תצוה

Parshas Tetzveh discusses the garments the Kohanim and Kohen Gadol wore when they did the avodah. One of the most special items the Kohen Gadol wore, was the Choshen. It was 1 ammah square (aprox. 10″), made out of multiple materials, and worn over the chest. It had 12 stones set in gold settings embedded on it, with each stone having the name of one of the shevatim engraved on it.

In this weeks dessert we made cookies to resemble the Choshen that the Kohen Gadol wore.

תצוה כח:טו
Tetzaveh 28:15

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1- We made a batch of sugar cookies and used a square cookie cutter to cut the shapes out (you can easily use a knife if you don\’t have a cookie cutter)

Sugar Cookies
2 Sticks Margarine
1 c Sugar
3 c Flour
3 tsp Baking powder
2 tsp Vanilla sugar
2 Eggs
Drop Orange Juice
Cream margarine and sugar, then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate dough for about 30 minutes. Roll out and cut shapes. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.

2- We used mini-chocolate lentils to represent the stones by pressing the chocolates 4 x 3 into the raw dough. Push the chocolates in firmly so they wont fall out. Then bake.
3- Once the cookies cooled we poked small holes using a toothpick into the 4 corners.
4- We threaded lasso string candy through the holes to represent the chains that held the Choshen on.

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Parshas Terumah – תרומה

Parshas Terumah discusses the Mishkan and some of the kelim that were created and kept there. The Aron (box) was made as a channel through which Hashem communicated with Moshe. It was made using 3 boxes. The middle box was made of wood, and the outer and inner boxes were made of gold. A sefer torah, and both sets of luchos were kept inside. Attached to the cover were two Keruvim facing each other  with their wings outstretched over the cover.There was a beautiful trim (zeir zahav) that ran around the top edge of the outermost box.

We used rice krispie treats to create the Aron with its different parts

תרומה כה:י
Terumah 25:10

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(open – without the cover)
1 – Start with a batch of peanut butter rice krispie treats (you will probably need at least 2 batches for this project)

Peanut butter rice krispie treats:
1 c sugar
1 c corn syrup
1 c peanut butter
6 c rice krispies
Melt the first 3 ingredients than add the rice krispies
2 – Working while the rice krispie treats are still warm, firmly press about a 1/2 inch thick layer to the bottom and sides of an empty shoe box or tissue box covered in wax paper. (spray the wax paper with pam)
3 – Make a batch of chocolate rice krispie treats (same as the peanut butter recipe, just add 8oz of choc chips to the pot)
4 – Firmly press the chocolate layer (also a 1/2 inch thick) on top of the peanut butter layer to represent the second box. Leave about 1/2 an inch from the top so the outer box is taller than the inner.
5 – Again using the peanut butter version, press another layer on top of the chocolate layer. Only go up as high as the chocolate layer.
6 – Cut out holes for the rings on the sides now as once the box hardens it will be difficult to do.
7 – Create the cover separately using the peanut butter version by creating a large rectangle to fill the open top of the box.
8 – Make the Keruvim with the peanut butter treats by making a round ball and rectangle on a skewer
9 – “Glue” the chocolate potato chips together with melted chocolate to represent wings, then use melted chocolate to attach them to the Keruvim
10 – Wait until the boxes and kruvim harden before trying to take the treats out of the box
11 – Using melted chocolate stick the rings into the holes you created
12 – Place 2 chocolates in the center of your Aron and cover with the cover you created. Stick the 2 Keruvim on top facing each other with wings outstretched.
13 – Use chocolates and lentils to decorate the border so there is a pretty trim around the cover
14 – Put candy canes through the rings as poles

Parshas Mishpatim – משפטים

This weeks parsha discusses many different laws. One of them is that a man is responsible for digging or uncovering an open pit and would be held liable for damage the pit may cause (ie. if an animal falls in).

We made a bundt cake which has an open hole in the center
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משפטים כא:לג
Mishpatim 21:33

You can use your favorite bundt cake recipe, we used the this lemon custard one:

Custard Filling –
1/2 c sugar
1/4 c cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt
2 egg yolks
3/4 c cold water
1/3 c lemon juice
2 Tbsp margarine
Mix first 5 ingredients until smooth, then slowly bring to a boil on medium flame. Keep on stirring until it starts to thicken.
Remove from the fire and add the last 2 ingredients, mix well then cool

Cake –
5 Tbsp graham cracker crumbs
1 1/2 c sugar
2/3 c shortening
3 eggs
1 Tbsp grated lemon rind
2 c flour
dash of salt
1 tsp baking powder
2/3 c non-dairy creamer
1 Tbsp lemon juice
Cream sugar and shortening, then add one egg at a time. Beat well, then add the lemon rind, flour, salt, baking powder, creamer and lemon juice and blend on low until mixed in.
Grease pan well and sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs, pour in the batter, then make a ring around the center with the lemon filling and cover with graham cracker crumbs.
Bake at 375 for about 40 min.
Cool before removing from pan.

We used a parve bar of Megadim chocolate to represent a cow that fell (they come with a cow imprint on them).

Parshas Yisro– יתרו

The Jews gather by Har Sinai and Hashem, through Moshe, gives them the 2 Luchos containing the 10 commandments.
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1 – To make the cake we used a basic white cake recipe made in a round Pyrex glass bowl.
White Cake
1/2 c oil
1 1/2 c sugar
2 eggs
2 1/4 c flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 c orange juice
1/2 c water
1 tsp vanilla extract
Beat sugar and oil, then add eggs. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

2 – Flip the cake over so you have a round mountain and cover it with a frosting.

Orange Cream Frosting
1/2 c margarine, softened
1 pound confectioners\’ sugar
2 Tbsps corn syrup
2 Tbsps orange juice
2 tsps vanilla extract
Cream the margarine, then slowly add the confectioners\’ sugar until it is mixed well. Add the rest of the ingredients and beat
3 – Sprinkle green sugar crystal sprinkles over the cake.
4 – Crush hard red, yellow, and orange candy and bake on 350 until melted. Once it has hardened it can be broken into shards to use as flames.
5 – Create flowers out of taffy and other candy.
6 – Place the “luchos” in the center.
7 – Line small chocolate wafers around the cake using extra frosting to hold them together.

Parshas Beshalach – בשלח

Pharaoh regrets allowing the Jews to leave Eygpt and goes out with his entire army to bring them back. He overtakes them by the Yam Suf where they are trapped. The Jews pray to Hashem and Moshe is commanded to stretch out his stick over the sea and perform a miracle. The water splits leaving a dry path for the Jews to escape. The Egyptians follow right behind them, but the sea closes on them and they are completely destroyed.

To represent this great miracle we made the 2 halves of the sea split with dry land between.
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בשלח יד:כא
Beshalach 14:21

1 – To make the sea we used a basic white cake recipe made in 2 9×9 tins with some blue food coloring (blue combined with a yellow batter makes the cake slightly greenish – you may want to add extra blue to counteract).
White Cake
1/2 c oil
1 1/2 c sugar
2 eggs
2 1/4 c flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 c orange juice
1/2 c water
1 tsp vanilla extract
Beat sugar and oil, then add eggs. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

2 – Add a few drops of blue food coloring to any standard white icing to create blue water.

Icing
8oz Frozen Whip
3/4 c confectionery sugar
Whip the whip then add the sugar
3 – Level the cakes and stack them with icing between the layers. Ice around the entire cake including the top and sides.
4 – Use the back of a spoon to create waves and swirls.
5 – Sprinkle blue sugar crystal sprinkles over the top
6 – Cut the cake down the center so you have the 2 halves that are split
7 – Pour chocolate rock candy in between the 2 halves to represent the dry land.