Friendship Bread

It is fitting, as get close to the end of the year, that I made this friendship bread.  My friend Maxine was the one who issued this challenge. Every year her family, my family, and three other families go away for Labor Day weekend together.  Of course I had to make a special labor day challah.  Maxine had suggested a friendship symbol, saying that she imagined that as two hands holding each other. I pictured something like this:

But how do you make that in challah?

It creates a level of three dimensionality that I would have a hard time recreating.

So first I made two hands.

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These were literally traces of my fingers.  You can see there is a left and a right.

Then I sculpted them to hold each other. After trying a few positions, I decided curling fingers under each other made the most sense and looked the most like two friends.

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It baked up well.

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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!

Shlissel Challah

It’s been a while since I posted.  Passover happened, so I didn’t make challah for two weeks. But I’m back!

There is a tradition that, for the Shabbat after Passover to make a challah with a key in it or key shaped. I’ve seen lots of explanations for this tradition, relating it to the key to heaven or to a humbleness of our understanding that our needs were provided for in the desert.  I’ve also seen two versions, one with a key inside and one with a key shape.  Since I needed two loaves for Shabbat, I made both!

first the key shaped one:

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First I cleaned the key with soap and water then with alcohol.  Then I put it on a braid

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and covered it with a bit of dough.

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The end result had a hidden surprise!

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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!