Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is a holiday that can be celebrated through food by all walks of worship. The Jewish religion and traditions are one to be embraced, especially in the kitchen. Hanukkah, this year, will be December 1st through the 9th. During this time, try something new and celebrate with your family.
1 tbsp dry active yeast
2 tbsp sugar
1 cup lukewarm water
4 ½ cups white bread flour
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 eggs, lightly beaten, plus 1 for glazing
pinch of sugar
In a mixer, mix yeast, sugar, and ½ cup water. Sprinkle with flour, cover and let sit for 10 minutes.
Beat 1 tsp salt, oil, and eggs. Slowly add flour until absorbed. Knead for 5-10 minutes until no longer sticky.
Place the dough into an oiled bowl. Cover and leave (in a warm area) overnight to rise.
On a floured surface, knead until pliable. Divide into 6 equal pieces. Using three at a time, braid into a loaf. Cover and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl, combine the remaining egg, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Brush over the loaves and top with poppy seeds. Bake for 40 minutes or until browned. Cool on wire rack.
1 stick butter, softened
3 cups milk
4 eggs, lightly beaten
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 ½ lb leftover challah bread, sliced and toasted, buttered and cut into chunks
1 cup dried cherries
3 apples, cored and diced
1 cup raw sugar
1 cup sliced almonds
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a square baking dish. In a large bowl, mix together milk, eggs, vanilla extract, and salt.
Add the challah and cherries to the bowl and fold in. Layer the bread, sugar, almonds, and apples in the baking dish. Bake for 45 minutes or until caramelized and browned.
1 stick butter
3 cup cottage cheese
1 tbsp sugar
½ tsp salt
2 cups flour
1 cup butter, melted
2 cups dried cherries
1 cup smashed walnuts
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
Beat butter and cheese in a medium bowl. Add sugar, egg, and salt and beat until creamy.
Fold in flour. Knead until pliable. There may be leftover flour. Shape dough into a ball and cover. Chill for at least 2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Divide dough into 6 equal pieces and roll them out into thin rounds. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle the dried cherries, ½ the brown sugar, cinnamon, and walnuts.
Cut the rounds into 8 equal wedges and roll into cigars. Place rugelach on cookie sheet and brush with remaining butter. Sprinkle ½ the sugar on top and bake for 20-25 minutes or until browned.