4 Delicious Ideas to Break the Fast After Yom Kippur

For Jewish people, Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, is one of the holiest days of the year. It is a time to fast from food and drink for 25 hours and reflect on repentance and atonement.

When it is time to break the fast after sundown, I prefer to keep foods light, simple, and easy. Here are some ideas of some quick foods you can make:

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Egg Salad Wraps

A lot of people already have beloved egg salad recipes in their repertoire that would be brilliant for these wraps. But, if you’re looking for a great, versatile one, here’s my go-to:


  • 7 hard boiled eggs, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sweet relish
  • 3 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • Generous pinch kosher salt
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped


  1. In a large bowl, combine eggs, mayonnaise, relish, mustard, cayenne pepper, salt, and chopped celery. Serve on your favorite tortillas with lettuce and avocado slices.
Image source: Ole & Shaina Olmanson
Image source: Ole & Shaina Olmanson

Lemon Dill Grilled Salmon

This fish meal has light, refreshing flavors (a result of the A+ combination of citrusy lemon and dill) and will satisfy your taste buds without weighing you down after a day-long fast.

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Image Source: Jamie Richardson

Challah French Toast

This quick carb overload is one of the tastiest ways to fill your stomach after it’s been empty all day.


  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon cream
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • Loaf of challah bread, thickly sliced


  1. Crack eggs into a shallow baking dish. Pour in milk, cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, and maple syrup. Break the mixture up with a fork and whisk until smooth.
  2. Soak thick slices of challah in the mixture and fry slowly in a well-buttered nonstick skillet.
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Image Source: Catherine McCord


Well, hopefully, you’ll already have some of your own homemade rugelach in the freezer, and you’ll only have to preheat the oven when the sun goes down, but if you’re really needing a fix, you can make up a batch of these and have them ready as a snack before bed.

Here’s my recipe:



  • 12 ounces (1 and a 1/2 packages) cream cheese at room temperature
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour


  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup mixed nuts, such as almonds and hazelnuts
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 egg well beaten with 1 tablespoon of cream or milk


  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter, cream cheese, and sugar.  Add salt and vanilla, and mix until light and well blended. Add flour and mix until just incorporated. Divide dough into four equal parts. Form the parts in balls and wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
  2. In a food processor fitted with the blade, pulse together brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and nuts until the nuts are finely chopped. Set aside.
  3. Roll one ball of dough on a floured surface until it is about 8-9 inches in diameter. Warm the jam in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Spread 2 tablespoons of it on the dough, followed by 1/3 cup of the brown sugar mixture, and 1/4 of the chocolate chips. With a rolling pin, gently press the filling into the dough.
  4. Use a pizza cutter or a sharp knife to cut the round into 12 equal wedges. Starting with the outside of each wedge, roll up and place each cookie, with the point on the bottom, on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  5. Mix together cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg in a small bowl. Brush cookies with egg wash and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture.
  6. Bake at 375 F for 10-15 minutes, or until the corners start to brown.
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