If the daily guilt I impart on my kids wasn’t enough, here is picture proof that I am a Jewish Mother:
Yep, you are looking at a misshapen, but honey browned holiday challah. It may not be pretty, but I’m hoping it tastes better than it looks. I’ll find out tomorrow when I bring it to a friend’s house for a break the fast dinner. This challah was made with lots of love, some sweat, and a little bit of fire.
OK, the challah didn’t actually catch fire, but the parchment paper did. Imagine my surprise when I glanced at the oven and saw flames, big flames through the oven window. I quickly opened up the oven, and managed to save the challah from the flames, thereby preventing an epic fail for my first challah making endeavour. Who knew making challah could be so dangerous?
I’m a decent cook, but making a braided holiday challah takes crafting skills that I’m not hardwired for, but that didn’t stop me. I gave it the old college try, first making the dough and letting it rise,
then braiding it into a circle,
and letting it rise again before popping it into the oven.
Since this was my first attempt at making a braided challah, I did what any good Jewish Mother would do; I searched YouTube for a video demonstration. I must have watched a dozen of them, but based on how this turned out, I probably should have watched a few more.
Erin didn’t hold back with the critique of my challah braiding skills, as she yelled at the top of her lungs, “That’s not how we did it at preschool!” She’s right. I’m sure that’s not at all how they did it at preschool, but the preschool teachers are challah experts. I am not.
Ugly or not, I am pretty darned proud of my first attempt, (minus almost burning down our house) and considering it will be served at a break the fast dinner, I’m guessing the fasting adults won’t be too picky. And if it gets a resounding thumbs down, there’s a backup Trader Joe’s holiday challah.
I finished the challah in plenty of time before the sun went down for Yom Kippur. As I look out my kitchen window, it looks like I’m just going to make the deadline for this blog.
If you observe Yom Kippur, may you have a meaningful and easy fast.