4th of July Challah

My 6-year-old friend Mimi came over for shabbat during Memorial Day weekend.  She guessed the challah that week would be an American Flag.  It wasn’t. But I said I’d use her suggestion for the 4th of July instead.

So I rolled out dough and cut a flag:

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Then I dyed the red stripes and the blue field.

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My hands looked like this:

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But the final product looked like this:

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Pretty good. But the stripes are a bit messy. I’ll have to work on that.

Happy Birthday USA!

Yom Ha’atzmaut Challah

For challah this week I turned to the Torah portion.  Then realized that it was the part of Leviticus about skin lesions and that would not make an appetizing challah.  Luckily, this week was also Yom Ha’atzmaut which is Israeli Independence Day, a much better idea for basing a challah.  So I brainstormed ideas. A flag challah was the first idea. And a map of Israel was the second.  However, the map idea seemed difficult, as which borders would I use?  So to avoid the political, I did the flag and a braid, with a strand of blue.

i wanted to try a new way to color the challah, so I made blue salt.  I took my blue dye and mixed it with coarse salt.  The outcome was beautiful!

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Tgat at then decorated the challaot!

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The challah was salty, but not overly so, like a pretzel not a salt lick!