Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tribes-A-Dozen Voila! Hallah! Review and Giveaway Ends 2/12/14

DISCLOSURE:  I received three products for the purpose of this review. I received no monetary compensation.  All opinions expressed herein are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the item(s).






I love to bake bread. I grew up watching my Nanie baking biscuits, cakes, and bread. I close my eyes and I can smell the yeast and raw dough... then bread baking in the oven... such a lovely memory. :)

I baked a lot of brownies and cakes when Lizz was a kid.  But not too much bread.  I don't know why... maybe... I didn't think I could do it justice the way Nanie had done.

However, I AM baking bread again!

Just recently, I was delighted to discover Voila Hallah Egg Bread Mixes.  Hallah (or Challah) Bread is the traditional egg bread of the Jewish People. It's braided and baked and served on Shabbat (The Sabbath) and most holidays.

According to Jewish tradition, the three Sabbath meals and two holiday meals each begin with two complete loaves of bread. This "double loaf" commemorates the manna that fell from the Heavens when the Israelites wandered in the desert for forty years after the Exodus from Egypt according to Jewish religious belief.
The manna did not fall on Sabbath or holidays; instead, a double portion would fall the day before the holiday or sabbath. Each single loaf is sometimes woven with six strands.
Together, both loaves have twelve which may represent each tribe of Israel. Other numbers of strands commonly used are three, five and seven. Occasionally twelve are used, referred to as a "Twelve Tribes" Challah.


I don't have a stand mixer, so I made the bread by hand.  Because I made it early, I didn't get the pics I wanted.  But I will tell you the directions are easy to follow and clearly spelled out!

I loved every minute of the process... from proofing the yeast to kneading the dough.  Watching it rise gently and then braiding.  For me, doing this by hand, connected me to my Mother... and her Mother... and back to the days of Miryam and Ruth... Judith and Elizabeth.  This is how it has always been, Mother to Daughter.

It's a very intense feeling of family when making bread for those whom you love -- for we do not break bread with our enemies.

The bread comes out of the oven and it's so very tempting to dive right in, but I didn't. I waited until Mike got home and we ate every bite of that amazing bread!




Try all three varieties of Voilà! Hallah:
  • Traditional Egg Bread Mix
  • Wholey Wheat Egg Bread Mix
  • Simply Spelt Egg Bread Mix
Our whole grain — wheat and spelt–flours are certified organic, as is our flavoring. Our products are certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union (OU).

My favourite is the Traditional Egg Bread Mix.  Light, slightly sweet.  Just so very good!  I think Mike liked the Wholey Wheat the best, though!  I'm saving the Simply Spelt for an upcoming special occassion!

Tribes-A-Dozen™
Mission Statement

Tribes-A-Dozen™ offers a diverse line of high-quality, natural baking mixes so that even our busiest follower could create bread with the taste, aroma, and quality expected of a bread made from scratch. 

WE SEE bread-baking as an expression of life's simplest joys, which Tribes-A-Dozen aims to spread by rekindling the tradition of baking bread at home.

WE BELIEVE that we nourish and share our humanity through the baking and breaking of bread and that no one would go hungry if every person mastered the basics of bread-baking.

WE RESOLVE to forge connections to all people and to the earth that are as straightforward and as warm as a freshly-baked loaf of bread.

Tribes-A-Dozen has some awesome recipes posted on their blog including this delicious Pumpkin Cheese Babka!





Does that not look scrumptious? I want to eat that so much! :D

You can find Voila Hallah at many stores nationally, just click here for their Store Locator. You can also find them on Amazon.com.

You may connect with Tribes-A-Dozen on their Social Media Pages: @tribesadozen on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

The kind folks at Tribes-A-Dozen have generously offered my readers the same great sampler package that I received! I know you'll be pleased!

Just follow the entry instructions below for your chance to enter to win!

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 Previous winners of Tribes-A-Dozen giveaways are ineligible.



51 comments:

Paula Lee said...

I'd love to try the traditional egg bread.

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Debbie Jackson said...

I also want the traditional egg bread. I have heard it is delicious.

Natalie Yeoman said...

i would like to try the tradition one

fairykin said...

trad egg bread for me

Kelly Nicholson said...

Voilà! Hallah Traditional Egg Bread Mix

thank you

SexyBrat said...

I'd like to try the Voilà! Hallah Traditional Egg Bread Mix.

Vera Khule said...

I would like to try the Wholey Wheat Egg Bread Mix.

wigget said...

i want to try the traditional version

freddie said...

I would like to try the Traditional Egg Bread Mix.

Sharon Kaminski said...

I would like to try Voilà! Hallah Wholey Wheat Egg Bread Mix.

squiresj said...

Traditional or Wholy Wheat
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Amanda Kinder said...

I'd love to try the Wholey Wheat!

Heather Swarthout said...

I would love to try the Spelt Egg Bread Mix. It sounds delicious (lilbittypanda at aol dot com)

lilsnobelle said...

I want to try the Spelt Bread because I have not ever tried that and it is healthy.

Stephanie said...

I'd Like to try the Traditional Egg Bread Mix the most.

Wanda McHenry said...

I entered the Mohawk Valley Trading Company MAPLE SYRUP

hhkaufman78 said...

traditional

Melissa Avey said...

traditional sounds good

Caitlyn said...

I'd like to try the wheat variety.

Caitlyn said...

I also entered to win the Mohawk Valley maple syrup.

Neria M said...

I would love to try the Spelt Egg Bread Mix

Nichole Sylka said...

I would most like to try the Traditional.

Lane Mahnke said...

The Voilà! Hallah Traditional Egg Bread Mix sounds like the one I'd like to try.

Heather De Luna said...

I would choose the traditional bread mix.

Kathy Detweiler said...

I'd like to try the Voilà! Hallah Traditional Egg Bread Mix

Liz said...

I would like to try the Wheat egg.

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kyl neusch said...

Wholy Wheat

Jay said...

I'd love to try the Traditional Bread mix!

Helga said...

I would like the spelt mix.

Helga said...

I entered your maple syrup giveaway.

blew415 said...

Voilà! Hallah Wholey Wheat Egg Bread Mix-- less carbs

latanya t said...

Voilà! Hallah Wholey Wheat Egg Bread Mix

LesleyfromWI said...

I would want to try the Voilà! Hallah Traditional Egg Bread Mix

tina reynolds said...

i would like to try the Voilà! Hallah Traditional Egg Bread Mix.

angel d said...

Voilà! Hallah Simply Spelt Egg Bread Mix

daniellehall30 said...

Wheat Egg Bread Mix

jules mcnubbin (buttmuffin) said...

i want to try the Hallah Traditional Egg Bread Mix

Susan Smoaks said...

i want to try the Voilà! Hallah Simply Spelt Egg Bread Mix

Karrie Millheim said...

I love the Voilà! Hallah Traditional Egg Bread Mix

Zenetta Smith said...

I would like to try the Voilà! Hallah Wholey Wheat Egg Bread Mix.

Zenetta Smith said...

I want to try the Voilà! Hallah Wholey Wheat Egg Bread Mix.

jandsfox_143 said...

I would like the wheat.
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imaclutz89 said...

I would love to try the wholey wheat flavor!

Sky Evans said...

I like Voilà! Hallah Traditional Egg Bread Mix

kohndr said...

Traditional Egg Bread Mix

Lynn said...

I would like to try the wholly wheat egg bread mix and the traditional.

rjcqh said...

I would like to try the Traditional Egg Bread Mix

Mihaela Day said...

I like the Traditional Egg Bread Mix

Teresa Thompson said...

I would like to try the Voilà! Hallah Wholey Wheat Egg Bread Mix

contestrobyn said...

I'd love to try the Hallah Holey Wheat!

Trisha McKee said...

I'd love to try the Wholey Wheat.

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