My Sweet Honey Challah Recipe
This recipe is perfect for Rosh HaShanah! You could even add apples! Original recipe makes 4 loaves; I make 2 and then freeze 2. I usually make it on Thursday night. Note that rising times can vary by altitude.
- 3 packets of active dry yeast (You can use 2 but I like my loaves to really rise)
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C – Honestly, I just let the hot water run for a few mins. You don’t want it hot or you can kill the yeast.)
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1/4 cup honey (sometimes I use a 1/2 cup)
- 1 cup white sugar
- 6 cups all-purpose flour, or as needed
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons white sugar
- 1 teaspoon water
NOTE: You can also sprinkle sesame seeds and poppy seeds on top. I don’t.
- Mix the yeast, 1/3 cup of sugar, and warm water together in a large bowl, stir to dissolve the sugar, and let the mixture stand until a creamy layer forms on top, about 5 minutes. Stir in 3 cups of flour to make a loose sponge. Let the sponge rise for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, beat 4 eggs, 1/2 cup of vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon of salt, ¼ cup of honey, and 1 cup of sugar together. Then, stir the egg mixture into the yeast-flour mixture until well combined. Continue mixing in flour, 1 cup at a time, up to 9 total cups. I do 6. Dough should be slightly sticky, but not so wet that it leaves dough stuck to your hands.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and knead for 5 minutes to develop gluten. Form the dough into a compact round shape, and place in an oiled bowl. Turn the dough over several times in the bowl to oil the surface of the dough, cover the bowl with a cloth, and let rise in a warm area until doubled in size, about 2 hours. Punch down the dough and knead for another 5 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
Say the Bracha:
When the dough is ready to be shaped into loaves, say the following blessing: Baruch Ata A-Do-Nay Elo-haynu Melech HaOlam Asher Kidishanu B’Mitzvotav V’Tziyvanu L’Hafrish Challah. (Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the Universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to separate Challah).
Immediately after saying the blessing, pinch off a piece of dough, approximately the size of an olive or one ounce, and say: harai zeh challah (this is challah).
Then wrap the separated piece of dough in foil and burn it in the oven. The separated piece of challah should be burned so that it is no longer usable.
Let’s Braid & Bake!
- Grease baking sheets, or line with parchment paper. (I prefer parchment paper.) Cut the dough into 4 pieces for 4 loaves. If you are going to freeze the dough, do so now.
- Now, braiding. A lot of people are intimidated by this step but after you do it a few times, it’s very easy. I think the 4 strand loaf is the easiest to braid for beginners. I recommend Googling Tori Avey for this. She has some really good graphics on her site that show how to braid the 3/4/6 strand loaves, round loaves, and dinner rolls. I make 4 and 6 strand loaves for Shabbat.
For 3 strand loaves: Cut each piece into 3 smaller pieces for a 3-strand braided loaf. Working on a floured surface, roll the small dough pieces into ropes about the thickness of your thumb and about 12 inches long. Ropes should be fatter in the middle and thinner at the ends. Pinch 3 ropes together at the top and braid them. Starting with the strand to the right, move it to the left over the middle strand (that strand becomes the new middle strand.) Take the strand farthest to the left, and move it over the new middle strand. Continue braiding, alternating sides each time, until the loaf is braided, and pinch the ends together and fold them underneath for a neat look. I usually do 4 and 6 strand challah.
For 4 strand loaves: Cut each piece into 4 smaller pieces for a 4-strand braided loaf. Working on a floured surface, roll the small dough pieces into ropes about the thickness of your thumb and about 12 inches long. Ropes should be fatter in the middle and thinner at the ends. Pinch 4 ropes together at the top and braid them. Remember: OVER, UNDER, OVER. Starting with the strand to the right, move it to the left over the strand next to it, under the next one, and over the last one. Continue braiding, starting with the strand all the way to the right each time, until the loaf is braided, and pinch the ends together and fold them underneath for a neat look.
For 6 strand loaves: Cut each piece into 6 smaller pieces for a 6-strand braided loaf. Working on a floured surface, roll the small dough pieces into ropes about the thickness of your thumb and about 12 inches long. Ropes should be fatter in the middle and thinner at the ends. Pinch 6 ropes together at the top and braid them. Remember: OVER, UNDER, OVER. Starting with the strand to the right, move it to the left over the two strands next to it, under the next one, and over the last two. Continue braiding, starting with the strand all the way to the right each time, until the loaf is braided, and pinch the ends together and fold them underneath for a neat look.
Place the loaves onto the prepared baking sheets, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, 2 hours.
- Make egg glaze. Whisk together 1 egg, 1 teaspoon oil, 2 teaspoons sugar, and 1 teaspoon of water in a small bowl, and refrigerate until needed. Brush a coating of egg glaze onto the tops of the bread, and reserve the remaining glaze.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Bake the bread in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, remove from the oven, and brush another coating of glaze onto the bread. Return to the oven, and bake until the tops are shiny and golden brown, 5 more minutes. The bread is done when if you press down on the dough with your finger and make an indent, the indent pops back up. Watch so that the bottom of the loaf doesn’t burn. Let cool before cutting.
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Need an easy recipe for Passover?
I make these delicious, addictive meatballs all year round! When it isn’t Passover, I’ll serve them with rice or egg noodles. Makes about 6 dozen.
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 matzo meal
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 clove of chopped garlic (garlic powder also works)
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 8 oz tomato sauce
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 clove of chopped garlic (optional)
- In a large bowl, combine the items from Group 1 and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls and put aside.
- In a Dutch oven, combine the items from Group 2. Add meatballs; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Serve with a slotted spoon.
NOTE: I like to use the left over sauce as a base for either a stew or chili starter. Get creative 🙂
Simcha שִׂמְחָה = JOY!
“Literally, the word “simcha” means gladness, or joy. It comes from the root word “sameyach,” which means glad or happy. The concept of simcha is an important one in Jewish philosophy. A popular teaching by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, a 19th-century Chassidic Rabbi, is “Mitzvah Gedolah Le’hiyot Besimcha Tamid,” it is a great mitzvah (commandment) to always be in a state of happiness. When a person is happy they are much more capable of serving God and going about their daily activities than when depressed or upset.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simcha)
On this site, we focus on dark topics. I’d like to move away from that. I really don’t want to become the monster I fight against.
One thing about Judaism is that we CELEBRATE LIFE!
Nazis & Crap
So, I got an email from a friend asking if I 1) knew about the NSM 40th anniversary and 2) if I was going to report on it. Originally, I said “yes, I knew” and “no, I wasn’t going to write about it because I don’t want to give them free press.”
Seriously, there’s really nothing to report. I don’t care about them. They are stupid and irrelevant. They aren’t a threat to anyone but themselves. I’ve already written about how stupid these events are and why they are done ($$ and to feed the ego of an sycophant). I no longer wish to waste bandwidth or beat a dead horse. (I like horses… and bandwidth.) Besides, do they even still exist and why would any of my readers care? What do I care if idiots who barely got out of high school with no authority get their jollies by running around in not so authentic NS uniforms getting drunk and sodomizing each other? Besides, the fact that they wear uniforms alerts us to who they are so we can avoid them. I am much more concerned about educated socialists and fascists wearing a suit and tie who are personable and can actually win an election.
Anyway, my friend kept bugging me so here it is… Happy now lol?
So, the NSM aka National Socialist Movement aka “Federal agents who dress as Nazis to lure out crazy people” had another stupid little rally for Hitler’s birthday and their 40th anniversary of being irrelevant back in April. They had maybe 15 people. They were outnumbered by hundreds of people who had nothing better to do.
The event went on without incident.
I don’t care. YAWN. Really, it’s better to not even go. If you want to read about it, go to this link:
I could only find one mainstream news article on this… mostly because I don’t link to “movement” sites and I really didn’t care enough to look further. I’m sure you can find stupid crap on YouTube claiming this was a huge dramatic event etc etc.
My Favorite Quotes From This Event
“What we’re now going to see is the dance of a thousand steps between the NSM and various anti-racists who would like to find the NSM members and beat them up,” said the Mayor of Chattanooga.
“My gosh, I would be embarrassed to have that number at a spaghetti dinner benefit,” a Knoxville attorney hollered at the group as they emerged. “That’s so sad. … You’re looking sad, master race.”
“Is that all the people you brought? That’s sad, I was at a Comic Con last week and it had twice your numbers.”
Lesson of the Day
The NSM and several similar groups are provocateur organizations by their very nature. The members are either 1) agents of a government or counter-political group or 2) stupid enough to fall for a cult-like leader. And, the “anti-racist” groups are basically the same. Both use violence to achieve their means. The NSM likes to portray themselves as victims and lets the anti-racists act violently first so they can claim self-defense. It’s really a stupid waste of time to even give these groups a public forum to play out their totalitarian Nazi vs Communist fantasies.
Why does the ARA still give these guys the time of day? Don’t you realize that the NSM and ARA are part of a symbiotic circle where you feed off each other for narcissistic supply? You’re both idiots. Go back to your mom’s basement, smoke some pot, and do something constructive like play Dungeons & Dragons.
Folks, these people don’t exist unless they have opposition! Don’t feed their narcissistic supply. This is really dumb. The general public should just ignore the public rallies while the government and watchdog groups watch over them. the only reason I caved and actually wrote this is so that the general public would see that groups like this are not scary or important in any way, shape, or form. They are pathetic. If there is a threat from this event to American Jews today, it’s the Marxist Anti-Fascists. The only real difference between a Jew killed by a Nazi and a Jew killed by Communists the uniform of the murderer. Both sides are anti-liberty.
If It Weren’t Tragic, It Would Be Laughable
Recently, there was a shooting at a Jewish Community Center in Kansas. It was done by a lifetime Klanner trailer trash scumbag WN loser named Glenn Miller, who is truly a dumbass. In fact, I think I will declare Glenn Miller WN Dumbass of the Month.
Glenn Miller went to the JCC to kill Jews. My guess is it was in honor of Adolf Hitler’s birthday on April 20. He probably thought he was going to go down in a blaze of glory for his race and nation. Instead, he murdered three WHITE CHRISTIANS in cold blood. So, essentially, this idiot killed the people who he claims to protect. Maybe he is senile. Or, maybe a bad shot.
White Nationalist Mentality & Their Spin
It appears that Mr Miller has not learned the lessons of the “14 words.” You know, all that jazz about preserving the white race to provide a future for white children? This dumbass shot a white child. So, this is the way you end you WN career, Glenn? Is this the proverbial icing on the cake – the cherry on top? Is this what you worked so hard to accomplish?
Remember now, Mr Miller thinks that he is part of a “Master Race.” But as we know, this “Master Race” that he is part of does things like shoot White children, rape and abuse White women, and can’t even put in running water in Leith, ND. I am so glad that I am not part of this “Master Race.”
I would have paid money to see the look on Miller’s face when he found out that NONE of his victims were Jews. But, I know EXACTLY what he’d say. Now, to a normal person, this will make no sense. However, it is perfectly fine in the White Nationalist world.
Let me explain…
The mentality of the WN male, as predictable as it is, will probably spin this to Miller’s advantage. In the WN world, they are always good and the rest of the world is always evil and out to get them. They will say that those three WHITE CHRISTIANS were “race traitors” who deserved to die because they were at a JCC. The penalty for race treason is death so this freak will probably be a martyr for WN freaks and dumbasses everywhere.
They WILL find a way to blame the Jews. Watch over the next few weeks.
Jews, Be Safe
So, where do we go from here? This week, we celebrate Passover. We remember our freedom and come together as a people. In a few weeks, it will be Yom HaShoah. Fellow American Jews, I love you dearly and want you to be safe. You need to wake up. America is not as safe as you think it is. Lesson learned is that Jews need to get conceal carry permits or at least have the ability to defend themselves.
I have been closely watching the Leith, ND case since a little birdie told me that the NSM was given the property. I mean, really, how stupid are these white nationalists?? They get free land and screw up their silly little “White Homeland” “Pioneer Little Europe” merely by being themselves.
I admit, I laughed when Craig Cobb willingly took a DNA test on television and learned he has black heritage.
LOL, kind of like this guy:
Then, Cobb and his dumbass little buddy walk around town – WITH GUNS – harassing people.
HARRASSING. FELLOW. WHITE. PEOPLE.
AND THEN PUT IT ON YOUTUBE FOR ALL OF LAW ENFORCEMENT TO SEE!!
Speaking of YouTube, you can also watch Cobb make a drunken ass out of himself at a town hall meeting.
Piece of advice: Use your brain for something other than soaking up alcohol.
This is the “master race?” You’d think the “master race” would have things like running water and indoor plumbing.
Now, an unnamed, non-white nationalist third party has purchased Cobb’s land, Cobb and pal are in jail, and the people of Leith can return to their lives without worrying about a bunch of wack jobs messing with their lives.
I’d say that’s a happy ending for our friends in Leith.
(Didn’t I give them 6 months?)
I am finding many articles that describe racism as a symptom of narcissistic personality disorder. One really good one is called Racism: A Symptom of Narcissistic Personality Disorder by Carl C Bell in the Journal of The National Medical Association July, 1980 issue. Expect a new blog post soon… This one will take a while. I am also looking into the mentality of the Marxist violent antifa…