Gingerbread Challah

It’s that time of year. Cookies, gingerbread houses, my muslim husband putting up lights and a Christmas tree (he likes them). So, why not? A gingerbread challah. The dough is phenomenal – nice flavor and really great to braid with. After I was done, my daughter suggested that I should have shaped it like a…

Autumn Apple and Cheese Bread

Since our CSA box comes from our local orchard, we can be assured of having apples in the box each week. But each time they are different varieties. Luckily, we got some nice, tart Granny Smiths… So I could make this bread. I have to say that the final bread was not what I had…

Banana-Heath Bar Challah

I do not usually like candy in my challah, not even chocolate chips. But for the challah we would be taking on our Thanksgiving vacation with us, I wanted something decadent…so…banana in the dough and a filling of chopped bananas and heath bar pieces. And, of course, it had to be shaped like a turkey….

Fig & Hazelnut Soda Bread

Flipping through the channels one night I came across The Great British Baking Show, specifically the Bread episode. I was hooked. But also, I saw some amazing soda breads being made. First on my list to try was the Fig and Hazelnut Rye Bread. I went to every store around me, but was not able…

Bereketei – Ethiopian Sabbath Bread

For first Shabbat after the election and I decided that I would feed my soul by baking bread. A good long process of baking bread…a sourdough. And I would celebrate not only diversity, but the diversity within my religion and make Bereketei – Ethiopian Sabbath Bread. One of the first steps was to toast some fenugreek seeds….

Lemon Poppyseed Challah

Time for a challah that will make a great breakfast bread. I love lemon poppyseed cake, so I was very excited about trying this. It was a very easy dough to work with and produced a wonderfully light, fluffy bread. The icing added a nice sweetness to balance the tang of the lemon. It was…

Out of this World Honey Challah

I was wandering around on the website that I got the crown of roses challah from  and found this Turban Challah. It looked like an interesting braiding challenge, so I thought I would try it. And, the recipe included a recipe for a honey challah that I figured I would try.  I didn’t have any great expectations,…

Sukkot Lulav Challah

My cousin shared a picture of an amazing challah with me, a challah for Sukkot shaped like a lulav and etrog. I took one look and knew I had to try to do it. And I honestly can’t believe how beautiful it turned out! For this much shaping, I used a heavier dough.  Too stiff for the standing…

Date and Hazelnut Sourdough Flutes

I don’t often post bread recipes, other than challah recipes, because they are typically not local ingredients. I decided to share this one, even though it truly is not local, using hazelnuts and dates.  The only thing that could even be considered local would be my sourdough starter, which is now almost a year old. So…

Crown of Roses Challah

My Challah Project has ended, but I am still enjoying trying to make new and different challah. Thank you to my cousin Bentzi for sending me the directions for this beautiful challah. The added treat was the dough, my  new favorite for a standard challah.  It was easy to work with, has a beautiful texture…