Shavuot, the Jewish holiday, is almost here and during this holiday, we celebrate with a dairy meal. There are many reasons why we specifically consume dairy and not meat during this holiday, but my favorite reason is this one: The Gematria which is the numerical value of the Hebrew word for milk, חלב, is 40.
The number 40 symbolizes the 40 days Moses spent on Mount Sinai receiving instructions for the entire Torah. Moses spent an additional 40 days on Mount Sinai, praying for forgiveness following the Golden Calf, and then a third set of 40 days before returning with a new set of stone tablets. The number 40 appears 3 times like the three letters of the word milk in Hebrew. You can read about the rest of the reasons here.
In this holiday, we can finally have a dairy dessert, usually we do not mix milk and meat in one meal and in most of the holidays, we celebrate with a meat meal. What could be a better way to celebrate than with a milky dessert other than cheesecake?
To make the cake look festive I decided to shape it like a tart or pie, if you want you can make the dough in a flat layer under the cheese feeling. The tart is decorated with fruits and because it is a white dish you can decorate with any color you want and also use edible flowers for a fine finish (just make sure they are safe to eat before using them). The whipped cream I piped on the cake with a st honoré nozzle to create this shape of stalks, you can decorate with any type of nozzle of course, be creative!
The dough in this recipe is the same dough I used in the chocolate tart and in the lemon raspberry tart, and I always use it when I'm making sweet tarts, I think that if you have a recipe that works for you, you need to stick to it!
To complete the dairy meal you can also serve festive canapes, spinach pastry or breadsticks and I have alcoholic drinks recipes if you want to impress your family adults and guests.
So now, after you read all of that, you are ready for this festive cheese tart recipe:
Ingredients for the dough:
For the filling
Enjoy and happy Shavuot!
This recipe is part of a blogging project, called easily Shavuot, and includes easy recipes for Shavuot.
For other recipes in the project see below: (they are written in Hebrew)
Cheesecake and lotus in individual cups with strawberry jam from the site "My Little Kitchen".
Cheese Yeast Cake from the site "Sweet Dolly".
Cheesecake cubes with mascarpone, coffee and salted caramel without baking from the "Trying in the Kitchen" site
Vegan "cheese" tryphal from the site "Desserits"
Shavuot recipes for children's from "Fingerfood"