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!

Canada Day Challah

Wednesday, July 1st was Canada Day. As a Canadian I needed to celebrate on the closest shabbat.  However, the truly closest shabbat is the 4th of July, and as an American I need a red white a blue challah on that day. On Friday, June 26th, I woke up to fabulous news.  SCOTUS had ruled on same-sex marriage, finally making it legal in all 50 states. Plus, this weekend was pride weekend.  What’s a gay-allied-dual-Canadian-American to do? I asked my friend Maxine, and she said go with the pride challah because she’s “more queer than Canadian”.  But I’m more Canadian than queer. So I made both.

First, my Canada Day Challah.  I decided to use maple syrup in the challah instead of honey. And I cut out a Leaf shape:

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Then the Pride Challah. I’d already made a rainbow one back in the fall for Parshat Noah.  So I looked for rainbow sprinkles at the store.  The only kosher ones had too many white ones in them to look rainbow.  I hit up the candy isle– skittles aren’t kosher and M&Ms don’t have purple (and do have brown).  So I used what I had on hand, the “gayest” thing in my pantry– the mulitcolored fennel sprinkles that I used back at Purim.

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The final products were beautiful and delicious.  The maple leaf, because of the amount of salt on it (that’s red colored salt I used) tasted like pretzel challah and was a big hit!

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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!

Bacon challah!

Let’s face it, Jews love bacon. As much as we hate to admit it, we all want bacon.  Unexpected bacon is a happy surprise.  So what would be more delightful than a bacon challah?  I had to give it a try!

I started by frying up some of the delicious smoky fatty stuff…

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Once it it was cooled, i crumbled it and mixed it into my dough.  The finished product was a perfect bacony salty delicious doughy goodness!

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And bacon is parve, so this challah doesn’t even have the kashrut issues of some of my dairy ones!

Pi day challah!

If Facebook is any indication, if you are my friend you already knew that today is Pi day.  In fact it is “super pi day” with a date that occurs once every hundred years…3.14.15!

In honor, I made two versions of pi challah.

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They both turned out beautifully!

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Happy nerd holiday!