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Homeschool Matzah Bakery – Lessons Learned

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Today’s homeschool matzah baking was slightly less successful than next year’s.  More chaotic and fun, though, because friends came over!It’s always cool to do matzah ahead of time, because Pesach is basically the one festival that I don’t do any challah-baking for.  So it feels nice to be able to do something bready, albeit not specifically for the holiday.Our “matzahs” aren’t kosher for Pesach, of course, but I strive for realism by setting an 18-minute timer just before the water is added to the flour.  Last year, I think I got three batches finished and out of the oven by the time the timer went off – though not all of it.  This year, there was one batch, and even that was not really properly baked.Still – they were delicious (if a little hard on the teeth!) for lunch with cream cheese – or mine with just butter and salt.  And a few lessons learned for next time / next year:Use the food processor.  I did it that way last year; VERY fast to mix!Make thinner matzahs.  Last year, I d…

Purim Onion-Poppy Ring

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Onion and poppy – how do I love thee!  Let me count the Jewy ways to your Jewish Jewy goodness.  Whether it’s on a pletzl or a bagel or here, there is something utterly old-world and PERFECT about the combination.  Whereas lemon-poppy strikes me as innately goyish.  Strange!I already did a step-by-step for this recipe last year, but what the heck… Maggie Glezer lists this as a “beginner” bread in her Blessings of Bread book, but I really don’t think so.  In terms of the dough, it’s simple; in terms of technique – hardly.  So here we go!Two ballies… basic “Czernowitzer Challah” recipe from the book.Become two snakes…Become roadkill.I used purple onions this year, and judging from the pics, they’re not as finely diced as last year.  Or perhaps last year, I fried them… I dunno.  I did use butter last year and for whatever reason, I opted for oil this year.  I wouldn’t say the loaf suffered at all from being pareve instead of dairy.Shmear half on each roadkill snake.Roll and pinch them up…

Six Word Saturday: 14 Adar II, 5771 - PURIM Edition!!!

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Why the weird dates? Click here to find out!  Baking a Purim storm around here!!!(blah… the cherry ones all popped open… so none going out in the packages this year)

Hamentaschen Baking Day with Sara

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Two recipes – my classic Second Helpings, Please (Hamentashen Cookie Dough, p. 199) recipe, and Mommzy’s fascinating and EASY Cake-mix Hamentashen.Here is Sara’s magical spoon-shaped hamentash, along with several of her less-creative triangle-shaped hamentash:The spoon-entash poofed up a bit so it doesn’t look quite as cute fully-grown, but it was still (I think) delicious.These ones have cherry filling.My cake-mix cherry hamentashen turned out fatter than Sara’s… she has lavash on the brain and rolled them thinner than we were supposed to, which was fine because hers looked professional and mine looked, as usual, kinda goofy.Then, I set her to work making some prune ones.  I’m sure I was doing something really urgent at the time that prevented me from making hamentashen – maybe like taking pictures?Anyway, Sara, if you’re reading this, they turned out delicious… … not that my family will eat a single prune hamentash.  Oy, vey.Anyway, I think they’re delicious!

Six Word Saturday: 8 Adar 2, 5771

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Why the weird dates? Click here to find out!  And by the way – OMG, the real Adar is almost upon us!  If you know or care what that is…Ending Shabbos… by preparing for Shabbos! (getting next week’s candles ready; I’ve started doing this BEFORE I put the candle holders away for the week and I love it!!!)

Six Word… umm… Saturday: 30 Adar 1, 5771

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Why the weird dates? Click here to find out!  Moment of infamy, shouted at the Shabbos table:“The challah has a bite missing!”Which would be fine or, if not fine, the end of it if said child had not chosen to clarify for the guests:  “a mouse must have eaten it.”Yup, our rodent guests are still with us, and probably multiplying by the week.  It is no longer safe to leave ANY food out, especially in plastic bags.  And the trap-kill-poison campaign has wound down; the baited traps that worked well at first are no longer effective at all.  It must mean they’re getting too much food elsewhere to care about what’s in the traps… but how??  It’s all locked up now, I’m certain of it.Argh.  So unjust.  So frustrating.  And, in this case, so humiliating.

OMG – TWO special birthday desserts???

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Today’s my sister’s big 30th birthday, but we celebrated on Sunday.  In lieu of CAKE (so cliché!), I made two desserts:Tiramisu (recipe here)andChocolate molten cakes (recipe here)The tiramisu was perfect – we’ve made it many times before.  She asked if it was “real” tiramisu; apparently, she’s had the “not real” (surreal?  unreal?) kind before.  This is as real as I can get it; there are now several brands of kosher mascarpone available.  That’s the special cheese you need to make the creamy layers.  Kosher lady fingers have been around forever.As for the molten cakes, they were a bit TOO molten.  The recipe says to keep them in the fridge and then bake them (at 450) for 6 (?) minutes before serving.  I baked them exactly as long as it says to, plus an extra couple of minutes, plus a couple of minutes to firm up in the individual dishes, and they were still soggy.  Soggy but amazingly DELICOUS, like the best, gooiest brownies in the universe!  I just think I’d bake them 12-14 minutes…

More delicious kosher morsels!