Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Hanukkah OH Hanukkah...

Last night was the first night of Hanukkah. No, we're not converting, but every year we do a Hanukkah Family Home Evening. Steve grew up in a neighborhood near Detroit where many of his friends were Jewish. He has very warm memories of participating in the Hanukkah celebrations of good friends. We decided early on, that it would be a fun thing to experience with the kids. So every year,we play Dreidel and eat Hanukkah food. There's no Menorah, (although, I think it would be great to have one,) and no Hanukkah gifts...sorry kids you have to wait for Christmas gifts, no double dipping. We play the menu very loosely, this is not a kosher meal...we mix dairy and meat... it is the experience we're after. We keep a bunch of Dreidels with our Christmas decorations and use M & Ms for "gelt."
The Menu:
Latkes with applesauce and sour cream
Challah Bread
Mushroom Barley Casserole

Challah Bread
This recipe makes two braided loaves


1 cup luke warm water
1 Tbl yeast
1 Tbl sugar
mix together and allow the yeast to bloom


6 cups bread flour
2 tsp kosher salt
1 Tbl sugar (yes another)
combine in your mixer bowl

3 Tbl veg oil
2 large eggs (room temp)
1 egg yolk

After the yeast becomes "foamy," add the oil and eggs to your other liquid ingredients. Using the bread hook on your mixer, mix the liquids in with the flour etc. "Knead" with the mixer for 7-10 minutes. Put dough in an oiled bowl and allow to raise until double. Divide dough in half and each half into thirds. Roll each third into 16" ropes. Braid three "ropes" together, brush with a beaten egg, and sprinkle with poppy seeds. Bake at 375F for 25-30 minutes.


Happy Hanukkah!




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