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Friday, July 18, 2008

Home Shalom's Challah - Variations

Ruined for the ordinary (thanks to my friend Angelique!), we have come to LOVE our Challah stuffed with sweet goodies. It is so easy to do. When I make my ropes, I flatten them out, fill them up in center and then close the edges around it to form a stuffed rope, then braid it. Each rope is stuffed with goodies. MMM MMM, it has become a wonderful addition to our Shabbat celebration each week. Here are some photos of the kids learning how to do it (The baby was in the midst of a long nap). This week for one of them we spread peach preserves and topped with sliced dried apricots; for the other one, we spread maple sugar, cinnamon and chopped up dried apples in the center. We are known to make huge Challah (I had to go to the resturaunt supply store to find a platter they would fit on!), they peek out from under my cover. :-) But this week, you may notice from the photo, (even though they had to go through their second rise) they are unusually long and skinny.
For a savory version, I like to top with large grain celtic sea salt, poppy seeds, or dried onion flakes (or a combination of all three). Like above with the sweet treat meathod I do, I have made "pizza Challah" using a meat mixture in pizza sauce. It was good, but not my favorite. Another combo was brushed with olive oil and lined with whole garlic cloves inside the ropes and topped with celtic sea salt. However, the whole garlic cloves did not have time enough to get soft and sweet to my liking. Next time, I will brush with olive oil and put smashed cloves in the center of the ropes and I expect that will be just right! :-)

I also have a hankering to try Peanutbutter and Jelly Challah, Veggie Challah, Herb Challah, Cheese Challah, and Chocolate Challah. Really, the possabilities are endless. Maybe I should document things for a cookbook??? :-)

No matter what we stuff it with, we have come to prefer fresh ground Spelt flour over any other, it is a "wetter dough" in the making, but we like th light aromatic flavor of it.

So if you haven't played with your Challah, I encourage you too! Once I got the flour and honey right, then I started, experimenting with the flavors on one loaf at a time. That way, if it bombed the taste test at the table, we still had a good one with dinner. :-)

You can find the base recipe for Home Shalom's Whole Grain Honey Challah here.

Shabbat Shalom!


Emmuna said...

That Challah sounds good, Miss Pamela! Thank you for the commenton my blog-it was very encouraging.Shalom!

Anonymous said...

I would love your basic recipe for Challah. It looks and sounds so delicous! :-) If you don't want to post it, you can email it to me.

FLCATXOK said...

Sometimes I roll the ropes in butter and garlic before braiding.

Other times I have rolled in butter and then cinnamon and sugar or honey before braiding.

Your stuffed challah sounds great and I cannot wait to try some!

DawnJ said...

LOVE the idea of filled challah! TERRIFIC!! I had an idea for your garlic... Perhaps spread ROASTED GARLIC within?? MMmm! I can't wait to try it!
My favorite bagels are the 'everything' bagel... but I don't know how to make bagels! So I'm going to make a EVERYTHING CHALLAH now! Thanks so much, you're super for sharing such great stuff!!

Carmen said...

Love seeing the children's busy hands at work!