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Challah

Rosh Hashanah Challah

L’Shana Tova! Happy Jewish New Year! Friday night is the start of Rosh Hashanah and what better way to celebrate than with some fresh challah! Round challahs are used to celebrate the Jewish New Year. The round bread represents the cyclical nature of the calendar year. Along with round challah, apples and honey are a staple of the holiday. The two represent a sweet new year to come. While there are no apples in this challah, there is a lot of honey. Often the round challahs are made with raisins to represent the “sweetness.” This challah recipe has been my mom’s go-to challah recipe since I can remember. Growing up I remember helping her braid the dough and putting the egg wash on right before it went in the oven. With the addition of the raisins, the bread is super sweet. It has a doughy, but light texture. It is great for the holiday and even better as french toast the next morning. Check out the recipe below and have a great new year! L’Shana …

Apple Cinnamon Babka

Babka is always a good idea, especially when it is filled with cinnamon and apples. Whenever I make babka, I am always thinking of the different flavor combinations. S’mores, chocolate peanut butter, or even something savory. That’s when I got the idea for apple cinnamon babka. Rosh Hashanah seemed like the perfect occasion to try out this idea. Apples are always severed for the holiday with honey for a sweet new year. While this babka doesn’t have any honey, it is certainly VERY sweet. I made the cinnamon apple babka using my classic babka recipe. The dough is a standard yeasted dough and pretty simple to make. The hardest part is being patient while it is rising for a few hours. Let’s talk about the apples. I chose to use Granny Smith because they have a good balance of sweet and tart. They also bake very well and hold up great in desserts. In order to make sure the apple flavor was spread throughout the babka, I chopped them into very fine pieces and spread …

The Hunt For Yeast

Like everyone else during this crazy time, I have started to bake bread. I’ve baked bread before but it never really was my go-to baking project. I’ve baked challah for many Jewish holidays, made yeasted desserts, and even gone the cinnamon roll route. However, plain old bread never really was a priority.