Just for the challah vit!

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I have been testing recipes for forthcoming book on breds of the Diaspora. I had no idea that there were so many variations on the challah thing. Sweet and savory, all different shapes and sizes and stories to match. This is before even considering babkas and other cousins. What are peoples favorite Jewish breads?
 
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Well, we can't forget matzoh or bagels (and all their endless varieties).
What have you tested lately?
 
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So far...

Apple Challah
Babka
Barbari
Churek
Rosca
Moroccan Purim Bread
Savory Olive Oil Challah
Semolina Challah
Various "regular" challahs

and for Vivian...

Pan de Horiadaki

On my own I'm playing with a wild yeast version of the Olive Oil Challah. First attempt was fair at best.
 
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Kyle, any versions with saffron? I've read some include that.

I have my grandmother's recipe- sort of. She never measured, of course, so my mom watched her bake three batches in various types of weather, and came up with a 'compromise' version which I was instructed to tweak as necessary. The memory of my Baubie's hands in the dough are vivid and evoke strong emotions. You've inspired me to pull out her breadboard and get some fresh yeast!

Are you aware of the custom of baking two loaves for the Sabbath? And of shaping variations? My grandmother's New Year challah was round (of course), with the tail pulled up on top and cut to look like a little hand, blessing the bread. It's another very fond childhood memory.

I'm sure Cape Chef will have plenty to say about bagels and bialys!
 
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the shaping has been rather traditional. One notable exception has been Haman, pictured below. Isn't Purim next week?

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Wow, Kyle. Pass the butter! :lips:

Yes, Purim is almost upon us. The Fast of Esther is on March 17; Purim itself is the next day, and Shushan Purim, celebrated in Israel, is the 19th.

Making any hamentaschen, anyone? What's your favorite filling? I'm partial to a soft dough (with orange juice in it) and prune or poppyseed (mohn) filling.

Kyle, I've never seen a loaf like the one above. What are its origins? I have a rather parochial Eastern European take on things, and am delighted to learn of other traditions.
 
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My sources tell me it is Moroccan. It's called Haman's Eyes and the eggs are his eyes, x'ed out for bad behavior. THe eggs are hard cooked and then baked into the bread. The dough has anise, almond, raisins etc. IT very tasty.
 
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It's a gorgeous bread. I've never seen that.
There are a few on your list that I've never heard of.
Let's start with Barbari...:confused:
 
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The onions would be a nice addition. This is an egg wash with poppy and sesame seeds.
 
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Yum. Like an "everything" focaccia. The photos are a helpful addition, and the breads are so pretty. Thanks for sharing them.

I'm curious about the churek too. It also sounds middle eastern. (I'm hoping to see more pictures;) ).
 
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i'm just curious, who on cheftalk is jewish. I'm surprised to see so many people that seem knowledgable about the food and traditions. Maybe this isn't the right thread for the question but whatever.

Ron
 
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Me, I'm an Epsicopalian, with a Jewish girlfriend, who's testing recipes for a book on breads of the Diaspora:)
 
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I am greek born in Israel with a Israeli-greek-jewish mother.Basically I am Greek for the good or for the worse :D

Kyle!!! Strange. We make churek for the Ortodox Easter!!!

And it needs a great art... some people use this dough to make vassilopita, (the pie with the coin) for the New Year.

I consider churek very difficult. Do you make those?

Another one. Do you include any kind of ritual breads in this category?
 
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I did not find this particular churek too difficult. Maybe it's different than the ones you make. It's pretty much a staight forward challah. From the recipes I've seen, vassilopita is indeed very similar. What is mahlepi?

As to ritual breads, I think Haman's Eyes are as close as I've come. I am learning as I get the recipes :)
 
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The churek is beautiful and the view of the street below is tantalizing! I hope to walk those streets again this summer....
 
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