Recipe: 'Fried' ice cream for Shavuot
Jeremy can never remember Shavuot by its proper name and likely couldn't tell you what its significance is. But he does know it as the "Cheesecake at Midnight" holiday.
"Tikun Leyl Shavuot is a kabbalistic (mystical) custom that is relatively new to Jewish tradition. It is increasingly popular among modern Jews and is meant to help us rededicate ourselves to studying Torah. Kabbalists taught that at midnight on Shavuot the skies open for a brief moment and God favorably hears all prayers."
A tikkun leil shavuot (the spelling I'm accustomed to, pronounced tee-KOON lay-EEL SHAH-voo-OTE) is an evening of communal study which generally ends at midnight with a sweet treat featuring the holiday's traditional dairy products, and cheesecake — which is so luscious! — is often the preferred indulgence.
Many people eat blintzes at Shavuot, since the folded and stuffed crepes resemble Torah scrolls and the tablets containing the Ten Commandments.
But I have my own traditional dairy dessert for Shavuot: "Fried" ice cream. Blintzes require making the crepes, filling the crepes, folding the crepes, frying the crepes ... a lot of bother, even if the end result is utterly fabulous.
So I just make these easy "fried" ice cream cylinders, shaping softened ice cream and then letting it set before rolling the "scrolls" in sweetened cookie crumbs and drizzling them with chocolate sauce.
This still honors the dairy tradition whose origins are unknown, though it is thought to be a reference to Israel being the "land of milk and honey" — and it still offers something sweet and celebratory, but without a lot of effort.
Shavuot is a holiday, after all!
"Fried" Ice Cream Torah Scrolls
1 1/3 cups ice cream, any flavor, softened a bit
8 vanilla wafers, finely crushed
Generous sprinkle of cinnamon
3 tablespoons sugar
Place a square of plastic wrap onto the counter. Place 1/3 cup ice cream in the center of the wrap.
Place 2 ice cream cylinders onto a dessert plate. Place froofy toothpicks into the tops of the "scrolls" (to represent decorative crowns), and place plain toothpicks into the bottoms of the "scrolls." Drizzle chocolate sauce over the ice cream. Repeat with remaining cylinders.
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