Roch Hachana

Every year, at this time, ma grand'ma gathers the family together in order to celebrate the new Jewish year, Roch Hachana. A new occasion to be all around a big table to enjoy a good meal. The tradition wants the blessing to be given before eating. Then, my grand'ma gives a piece of apple dipped in honey to each of us, as a symbol of sweetness for the year to come. When I was a kid (and still now), I used to love theses traditions because there were little Jewish biscuits everywhere. My grand'ma has her own recipes. So, when I asked her about it, she was a bit confused because she had no idea about the correct measurement. Therefore, I've decided to come to her place and take the afternoon to bake one of my favorite little biscuits with her: the Montecao. Little dry almond and cinnamon biscuits which have an incredible taste in mouth and  a unique smell, beyond compare until today. So, here I would like to share with you, the fruit of my moment of love spent with my grand'ma:

Recipe for about twenty little biscuits:

  • 125 grams of sugar
  • 15 cl of vegetal oil
  • 1 bag of baking powder
  • 30 grams of almond powder
  • 1 bag of vanilla
  • 1 lemon zest
  • 1 bag of cinnamon  
  • 500 grams of flour 
  1. Preheat the oven at 180°C
  2. Mix all the ingredients together and try to make the dough like a crumble top
  3. Form little pyramids
  4. Add cinnamon on the top
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes (Do not allow the biscuits to get darker than a light brown) 

These Jewish traditions are all about giving and getting love from people you like the most, so let's enjoy these wonderful family biscuits and Shana tova to all of you!