Mac­cabee Meals: Food and Fun For Hanukkah

Judye Groner; Made­line Wik­ler; Ursu­la Roma, illus.
  • Review
November 16, 2012

Divid­ed into eight sec­tions, one for each night of cel­e­bra­tion, here are child-friend­ly recipes for a fun and tasty Hanukkah. Round­ing out the menus: the sto­ry of Hanukkah, bless­ings (in Eng­lish, Hebrew and translit­er­a­tion), help­ful kitchen tips, fun facts about the hol­i­day, games, craft s and more. It’s an easy-to-use, col­or­ful­ly illus­trat­ed resource. The recipes are sim­ple and invit­ing if not always excit­ing — although the con­nec­tion of some of them to Hanukkah (hot dog mini-kebabs? fon­due?) is ques­tion­able. While not an essen­tial Hanukkah title, this is a nice addi­tion to homes and libraries, invit­ing children’s active par­tic­i­pa­tion in the fes­tiv­i­ties. Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 7 – 12.

Recipe: Cran­ber­ry Latkes

Recipe from Mac­cabee Meals appears with the per­mis­sion of Kar-Ben Pub­lish­ing, a divi­sion of Lern­er Pub­lish­ing Group. Copy­right © 2012 by Judye Groner and Made­line Wik­ler.

12 oz. bag cran­ber­ries
¾ c. water
1 c. raisins
½ c. orange juice
2 c. sug­ar
1 c. flour
2 eggs
Veg­etable oil for fry­ing
Whipped cream or non-dairy top­ping

1. In large pot sim­mer cran­ber­ries in water until they pop.
2. Add raisins, juice, and sug­ar, mix­ing well. Boil until mix­ture thick­ens (about 15 min­utes). Cool.
3. Stir in flour and eggs.
4. Heat oil in large fry­ing pan over low flame. Drop bat­ter by table­spoons and flat­ten with back of spoon. As latkes can burn eas­i­ly, turn often until both sides are light­ly browned and still soft .
5. Drain on paper tow­els. Serve with whipped topping.

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