Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Rosh HaShanah Test Kitchen: Bird-Shaped Challah

Did you see this article in The Jewish Daily Forward?  Here's my bird!  What a fun and meaningful idea for Rosh HaShanah :)
Traditionally, some Ashkenazim formed other edible symbols out of the dough — things like crowns, which represented God’s majesty; ladders (a shape also commonly eaten before the Yom Kippur fast) to represent Moses’ ascent on Mount Sinai and our collective spiritual ascent throughout the holiday season; and, my favorite, birds.


  1. That looks like a delicious pastry. Makes my mouth water just by looking at it.
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  2. Is this just a knot? Did you use cloves for the eyes? What for the beak? Thanks so much!

    1. Knot with a long tail that I sliced just a little to splay out the ends. The eyes are cloves, but I kind of "dug out" the wholes with an oven thermometer so they were really deep in before baking. The beak is a broken almond although I think you could also just a piece of dried fruit.

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