Kosher Desserts & New Wines Sweeten the New Year
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Kosher Desserts & New Wines Sweeten the New Year

Take note of these solid recommendations for your gatherings this High Holidays.

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Gluten-Free Puff Pastry Peach Galette  // Photo Credit: Anna Pustynnikova
Gluten-Free Puff Pastry Peach Galette // Photo Credit: Anna Pustynnikova

With the Jewish High Holidays just around the corner, we are thinking about how to celebrate with family and friends for a sweet New Year. As with every holiday, planning the menu takes time and attention to the holiday traditions and ways to make it delicious and memorable.

To plan the menu, there are always favorite standbys, even special requests, to repeat a standout recipe. If your recipe book is like most, there are those recipes handed down through from grandma, a family relative, friend, or throughout the generations.

Herzog Late Harvest Orange Muscat // Photo Credit: Royal Wine Corp.

With many families, you’ll have a few guests who may have dietary restrictions or preferences such as an ever-growing decision to eat gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, an allergy, or special request. The good news is this year there are some new products to support updated recipes from today’s culinary landscape.

To help you navigate cooking, for example, gluten-free, with both ease and convenience, a new produce line called Gluten Free Easy offers frozen, ready-to bake pastry puff, pita, and pizza doughs that can be used to whip up savory and sweet entrees and sides. For example, the gluten-free Peach Galette recipe will help to get you started, and feel free to experiment and adapt your family favorites to fit everyone when possible. Be it grandma’s strudel, rugalach, or any of your memorable recipes, exploring the food aisles is always helpful to do. The galette featured in this article is a pastry that is topped with sweet or savory fillings.

Wines for Rosh Hashanah

Another addition to the Rosh Hashana meal that’s new for the landscape of kosher wines includes an assortment from all over the world.

Todros of Greece’s Samena dry white wine // Photo Credit: Royal Wine Corp.

“You won’t have any trouble choosing delicious kosher wines and spirits because the selection and variety is so expansive,” says Gabe Geller, director of PR and manager of wine education for Kedem/Royal Wine. He added, “Royal Wine Corp., the largest producer, importer, and exporter of kosher wines, brings us new selections from all over the world – and some unexpected places – including the Greek Islands, Cote de Provence, Israel, and California, among others.”

He continued, “This year’s releases are all about quality, variety, value, and intrigue, with something for every palate and price point. For example, the Herzog Late Harvest Orange Muscat and Zinfandel from California is ‘sunshine in a bottle.’ On a lighter note, Royal Wine’s popular Bartenura line of casual Italian wines has expanded its popular line of wines in cans to now include lychee-flavored and peach-flavored Moscato. Plus. our new kosher cognac, cordials, and brandy can be enjoyed as an apéritif before a meal or as an after-dinner digestif. L’Chaim!

Gluten-Free Puff Pastry Peach Galette

– 1 Gluten Free Easy puff pastry sheet, thawed
– 4-5 ripe peaches, sliced
– 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
– 1 tablespoon brown sugar
– 1 tablespoon cornstarch or tapioca starch
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– ½ tsp sea salt
– 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)
– 1 tablespoon sugar in the raw, or coarse sugar
– Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, for serving (optional)

1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a bowl, combine the sliced peaches, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, sea salt, and vanilla extract. Toss gently until the peaches are evenly coated. Set aside.
3. Dust your work surface with a little cornstarch or tapioca starch, and roll out the thawed puff pastry sheet, trying to keep its rectangular shape.
4. Transfer the puff pastry onto the prepared baking sheet. Leaving a 1-inch border, arrange the peach slices in a single layer on top of the puff pastry.
5. Fold the edges of the puff pastry over the peaches, creating a rustic border. Press gently to seal any loose edges.
6. Brush the edges of the puff pastry with the beaten egg, and sprinkle with the sugar in the raw.
7. Bake the galette in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes, or until the pastry is puffed and golden brown.
8. Once baked, remove the galette from the oven and let it cool.
9. Serve the puff pastry peach galette warm or at room temperature. It pairs wonderfully with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.
Recipe is courtesy of Gluten Free Easy

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