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November 1

Saint of the day:

Saint Rachel
(Old Testament & Jewish)

Saint Rachel's Story

Rachel was a beautiful woman who was wronged by her father who deceptively arranged for Leah, Rachel’s older sister, to marry Rachel’s love, Jacob. Rachel persevered and patiently waited seven years to become Jacob’s second wife. Unfortunately Rachel had difficulty conceiving and competed with Leah over Jacob’s love throughout her life.





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Cheese Sambusak


For the dough:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour

  • 2/3 cup semolina flour

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter

  • generous pinch of kosher salt

  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup cold water

For the filling:

  • 2 lbs. grated muenster cheese

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • sesame seeds


  1. Make the dough: Mix the flours, butter and salt in a large bowl. Add a little water at a time, until well blended. Cover and set aside.

  2. Make the filling: Mix together the cheese, eggs and salt.

  3. Shape the sambusak: Roll a tablespoon-sized ball of dough in your palms.

  4. Roll the dough in sesame seeds and smash it in your palm or using a tortilla press.

  5. Put a teaspoon of the cheese mixture in the center of the dough. Fold in half and seal the edges.

  6. Crimp the edges by pinching with your thumb and pointer and folding over, going all the way around. 

  7. When all of the sambusak is shaped, bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes, or freeze. Frozen sambusak doesn’t have to be defrosted before baking, just keep it in the oven a bit longer.

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