Sunday, April 23, 2023

Honeyed Challah Rolls! Great Results


my latest batch of challah rolls
baked with the cheapest honey
rather than sugar

For decades I've been making challah rolls with whole wheat (now 70%) flour, never white. In addition I use brown sugar, which has a stronger flavor, much more suited to whole wheat flour than white sugar. Click here for the standard recipe. Since we're not big bread eaters, I bake challah rolls and freeze them. This way each batch will last for over a month. Last week my local store still hadn't gotten its new supply of brown sugar, and I really wanted to bake a Post-Passover supply of challah rolls. 

step 1
Since the honey I had bought before Passover was relatively cheap, probably not the greatest quality, I decided to do an experiment and use honey instead of sugar.

Now the dilemma was how to measure honey without wasting a lot or eating/licking what stayed on the measuring cup.

Luckily I remembered a trick/technique I had once read about. As you can see in the photos, it's really pretty easy.

First I put flour in the mixing bowl. Of course I had to calculate how much honey to use instead of sugar. I checked with Pâtissie (Pastry Chef) Google. Some experts said use half the quantity you'd use for sugar and others said three-quarters. 

step 2
My standard recipe calls for a cup of sugar for approximately two kilos of flour. So I placed a half-cup measuring cup in the flour and made sure that the flour indentation matched the measuring cup. I had a plan....

Finally I had a plan. I poured the honey into the indentation and let it overflow a bit, as you can see in the photo. Since there's disagreement among the expert Pâtissies, I figured it would be wise to be "generous."

My research also said to decrease some of the water, since the dry ingredients were less than usual, and honey is moist, but the truth is that I used almost the same amount of water and oil. And for some strange reason, I didn't need more flour. Just so you know, I knead by hand, since I don't have a mixer.

step 3

No doubt you are curious as to the success of my experiment. The challah was much lighter and rose a lot more than usual. Granted that I had a fresh package of dehydrated yeast, but over the decades a new package hasn't made any real difference in the density of the baked challah. 

In another couple of months, when it's time for a new batch, I'll try baking with honey again. Let's see if I get the same results...

Sunday, April 16, 2023

Rosh Chodesh Iyyar ראש חודש אייר

 Women's Rosh Chodesh Prayers at Tel Shiloh, Shiloh Hakeduma

תפילת נשים

ראש חודש אייר

בשילה הקדומה

Rosh Chodesh Iyyar 5783 is two days, Friday and Shabbat. We'll be gathering at Tel Shiloh, Shiloh Hakeduma on Friday 21/04/2023 at 8:30am. For more information

ראש חודש אייר תשפ"ג יומיים, שישי ושבת. אנחנו נפגש להתפלל ביחד ביום שישי 21\04\2023 ב8:30. לפרטים נוספים

There's plenty to see and do at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh. It's a well developed archeological site at the location of Biblical Shiloh, where the Mishkan Tabernacle stood for almost 400 years. You can contact them directly at 02-578-9111, .