Saturday, February 25, 2017

Recipe for A Cherry Blossoms Challah

Shout joyfully to ADONAI, all the earth!
Serve ADONAI with gladness.
Come before His presence 
with joyful singing.

---Psalm 100:1~2
To commemorate seeing the very first Cherry Blossoms of the year this week (see post below!)  I wanted to to make a Cherry Blossoms Challah.

To make a Cherry Blossoms Challah you will need:
Cherry Blossom Flakes
Cherry Blossom Flowers



 1.

Start with your favorite challah recipe.
Or try a new one.
I tried a new one,  THIS recipe for the basic Challah.

2.
 
Follow the recipe for the first steps ---
 yeast, water, eggs, oil, honey or sugar, and salt.
Mix in the flour.

Scatter the Cherry Blossom Flakes into the dough.
Enjoy as the pink swirls into the mix!






Then comes the first wonderous thing!
As I mixed them in, the dough itself did not turn pink.  The cherry blossom flakes dissolved into the dough,  without changing the color.

It reminded me that the cherry blossoms themselves are so delicate and ephemeral!

3.

Continue to make dough, knead, and let it rise as the recipe instructs.
Choose how you will braid your Challah.
I made a special three braid over a five braid  for the special occasion of this Shabbat  in the week of seeing the first Cherry Blossoms of the year !

You can see the way to braid HERE.

Brush on your egg wash,
scatter more Cherry Blossom Flakes over the top.
Place the Cherry Blossom Flowers to make it beautiful and festive.

 Bake!



 4.

Place the Challah on your Shabbat table.
Cover with a Challah cloth.

Light the candles, say the blessings for Shabbat* with your family,
and make the blessing over the bread.
Taste the challah, enjoy a second wonderous thing!
It tastes like cherry blossoms!!

5.
Enjoy the taste of spring, of God`s provision!  Shabbat Shalom!!


enjoy a second wonderous thing! It tastes like cherry blossoms!!

*Shabbat note!  On Blessing the Children.
On Shabbat one of the customary blessings is to bless the children.
As a child I did not grow up celebrating Shabbat, so I am glad to be able to do this with my daughter as it is a very special and precious time.  We just started observing Shabbat last year, and she is already a teenager, so its never too late to start!
Actually, we all are God`s children, even as adults, so if you did not do these blessings when you were a child, then I pray these blessings for you now!!   
Shabbat Shalom!

These are the blessings for children:

For boys:
May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.

For girls: 
May God make you like Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah.

For Both:*(from the Aaronic Blessing, Numbers 6:24~26)
The Lord bless you and keep you.  The Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you.  The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
For the Hebrew and a fuller description of the Blessing for Children, there are many links.  Here is one where you can find them:  Blessings for Children

 
Shabbat Shalom! and Happy Girl`s day this week in Japan

2 comments:

  1. What a special challah infused with cherry blossoms! This fusion of cultures is most creative as we worship the Lord, ruler over all the Earth! Blessings to you,Shayndel!

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  2. Thank you Sarah! Blessings to you!
    Amen! May we praise Him in song, in dance...in challah! ....in all ways that express our Love for Him from all corners of the Earth!!

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