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For Bourekas, Shape Matters

Romy Zipken

Tablet Magazine

Jun 28, 2013

It’s not the size or shape of a bourekas that counts; it’s how quickly you can eat three, right? Well, not anymore. The Chief Rabbinate in Israel is summoning a major overhaul for these perfect flakey pastries that, in Israel, are sold in bakeries and gas stations alike.

Bourekas are generally filled with potato, cheese, spinach, or minced meat. The new law is meant to make it easier for kosher eaters to distinguish between the milk and meat-filled pastries. Until now, parve bourekas have been square-shaped while dairy bourekas were triangular, but not for long:

Under the new procedures, a parve pastry made of filo dough will be shaped as a closed triangle or spiral, while a dairy pastry will be circular or shaped like a “large finger.” Parve croissants or rugelach, on the other hand, will be baked as straight rectangle, while the dairy ones will be crescent-shaped.

This seems more confusing.