Giora Shimoni's Favorite Yom Kippur Break Fast Menu

Recipes for After the Yom Kippur Fast

Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Sour Cream Coffee Cake. Tracy Benjamin / Flickr / CC By 2.0

The holiday of Yom Kippur is one of reflection, repentance, prayer, all of which takes place while fasting. At the end of the holiday, Jews traditionally share a joyful break fast meal with family and friends. For Ashkenazim the festive menu usually consists of foods such as eggs, cheese, and bread. In America, a Bagel and Lox Brunch is often the standard menu. Giora Shimoni's family in Israel favors this spread, filled with Eastern European comfort food favorites:

Giora Shimoni's Favorite Yom Kippur Break Fast Menu 

  • Whole wheat bread or Homemade Bagels with various spreads such as this Classic Tuna Salad, egg salad, cheese, butter and jam.
  • Crustless Cheese and Vegetable Quiche​ -- This light and cheesy dish is like a cross between a frittata and a quiche, made without a crust, of course. Filled with mushrooms and topped with tomato rounds, it's easy to prepare and sure to satisfy.
  • Potato Cheese Bake -- If you like twice-baked potatoes, you'll love this simple dish of mashed potatoes whipped with eggs and lots of cheddar, then baked until the top is golden and crusty. 
  • Blintz Souffle --  Pick up some frozen cheese crepes, then bake them into a sweet egg and sour cream-based custard for a crowd-pleasing casserole that's incredibly easy to prepare. 
  • Cottage Cheese Noodle Kugel  -- This the old school kugel features a crunchy cornflake crumb topping. If you're not a fan of cottage cheese, this Cream Cheese Noodle Kugel is the perfect alternative, and you'll still get your cinnamon-sugary cornflake topping fix. 
  • Walnut Raisin Mandel Bread -- Strictly speaking, this isn't quite classic mandel bread, since it doesn't contain almonds. (Literally translated, mandelbrot means "almond bread.") If you're a purist, you can swap the walnuts for sliced or chopped almonds. However you make them, the biscotti-like cookies make a welcome, not-too-sweet snack with coffee or tea.
  • Sour Cream Coffee Cake -- This sweet, moist Sour Cream Coffee Cake is layered with a chocolate, brown sugar and cinnamon crunch. 
  • Fresh Fruit Salad
  • Beverages such as fresh juice, tea and coffee

Looking for more ideas? You'll find lots of other Yom Kippur Break Fast Recipes here!

Edited by Miri Rotkovitz