A Taste of Israeli Independence: Sweet Burekas

In 1948 Jews around the world celebrated the United Nations vote to establish an independentIMG_4909 Jewish state. Jews would have the right for self determination the first time since Shimon bar Kokhba ruled over Judea in 132 CE. In Jerusalem, special sweets were prepared and shared to mark the occasion.

Malka Cohen Giat was one of those celebrants. She prepared sweet fillo pastries filled with the Turkish delight lokum. This pastry reflects the 400 years of Ottoman influence over Jerusalem.

Sweet Burekas

Adapted from Gizar Kon Gozo by Matilda Koen-Sarano.

  • 1 package frozen puff pastry
  • lokum
  • pistachio nuts, chopped
  1.  Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Cut the puff pastry into circles.
  3. Place a cube of lokum in the center of each circle.
  4. Pinch the corners shut.
  5. Sprinkle with pistachio nuts.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, until the pastry is golden and puffed.