Acclaimed Challah-Bread Writer Creates Fruity Variety

As Jewish immigration from Eastern and Central Europe rose in the last century, scores of traditionally Jewish foods slowly creeped into mainstream American culture. One such sample: That braided, doughy bread known simply as Challah.

Challah is a simple dough made from eggs, water, flour, yeast and salt, and typically braided from three strands to form a sweet, golden loaf. Challah is served to celebrate the Jewish Sabbath and Jewish holidays.

In this challah recipe, Rochie Pinson, acclaimed cookbook author and motivational speaker, adds a unique fruity twist to the traditional loaf, in celebration of the Jewish New Year for Trees which is commemorated this year on Monday, January 29.

The Jewish New Year for Trees, or Tu B’Shvat (the 15th day of the Jewish month of Shvat), commemorates the end of the rainy season in the Mediterranean region, and was used in ancient Temple times to mark the beginning of the new tithing season. Today, it is celebrated by Jewish communities worldwide as a symbol of sensitivity to the environment, spiritual growth, and attachment to the land of Israel. Tu B’Shvat is typically commemorated by partaking in the unique fruits ascribed in the Bible to Israel: Wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and dates.

Kettle & Cord, a homeware store in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, is host to a premier Kosher cooking show hosted on YouTube. Collaborating with celebrity Kosher chefs, the Kettle & Cord kitchen presents the latest in Kosher cuisine in an interactive and entertaining format.

This fruity Challah recipe incorporates all the seven kinds in celebration of Tu B’Shvat.

Watch below as Pinson demonstrates her Tu B’shvat fig Challah.

You will need:

Assorted chopped fruit (dehydrated)

Dough:
2 cup warm water
¼ cup sugar
4 tsp granulated yeast
4 cup white whole wheat flour
1½ tbsp fine sea salt
2 large eggs
½ cup EVOO
½ cup Silan date syrup
½ cup raisins
2-3½ cup white flour

Fig Filling:
1½ cup dried figs (chopped) ½ cup water
1 orange ( juiced)
1 tsp orange zest
¼ cup sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp sea salt
Toppings
1 large egg (beaten)
1 tsp water
Coarse sea salt
Barley flakes
Dried pomegranate

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