About the Parsha
In BeHar we learn the laws of Shmitta (the Sabbatical year), which we keep every seven years in Eretz Yisrael (the land of Israel). For one year, we cease work on the land, leaving all crops “Hefker” – free for the taking.
About the Dessert
The base is a cake made in a loaf pan (or “English cake” pan).
Ice the cake with green colored glaze (recipe here) and sprinkle with crushed Oreo cookies.
Melt dark chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave.
Pour the chocolate into a piping bag or a plastic sandwich bag, snipping off a small corner.
On a piece of parchment paper, pipe the trees – first the trunk, then add branches out of the top.
While the chocolate is still wet, place colored candies / sprinkles on the branches to represent the fruits.
(We tried to color rice krispies with green food coloring for the leaves, but it did not work so well. We added them anyway…)
Place the trees in the refrigerator to harden.
When solid, stick the trees upright in the cake.
The “Hefker” sign was made by piping dark chocolate in a rectangle over a toothpick. Once hardened, I used a small bit of white chocolate, melted and piped to write the word.