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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
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!
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.
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