I love to bake homemade healthy breads. It does take a bit of practice and a good recipe at first, and many of my first efforts ended up going to the chickens! I never tried mixes because I wanted to give my family better quality food and didn't trust what the mix companies were putting into their breads.
But then I came across Voilà! Hallah traditional Hallah Bread Mix from Tribes A Dozen! I have never made Hallah bread, although I have made egg enriched breads before. After reading about how the creator Leah Hadad created her Hallah Mixes I was intrigued.
Here is her story!
When I realized that the people I loved wanted more of this experience, I had my a-ha! moment — or what I call, Voilà! Hallah. I wanted to make it easy for families and individuals of all faiths, cultures, and origins to make and enjoy traditional egg bread together — to connect us to our past, connect with each other, and connect our children to their future with their own families.
I love this! I know first hand how comforting it is for my family to come in the house and smell freshly baking bread, and seeing it on the table. Baking to me is very therapeutic and I find it richly satisfying to know I am providing healthy food for my family!
I received all three of the Voilà! Hallah mixes. The Hallah Traditional Egg Bread Mix, Hallah Wholey Wheat Egg Bread Mix, and Voilà! Hallah Simply Spelt Egg Bread Mix.
I was a little unsure because this is my first time ever using a yeast bread mix, but the instructions were very clear and easy to follow. I tried the Hallah Wholey Wheat Egg Bread Mix first. Sadly because I figured my kids wouldn't like it (they still don't like whole wheat bread!) so if I messed it up it wouldn't really matter!
after the kneading, ready to rise
After first rise and divided into three balls
Dough balls rolled into long strips
My first effort on braiding, don't judge me!
The finished loaf, and boy did it smell heavenly!
I served this at dinner and didn't tell my children that it was whole wheat. To my shock and excitement they loved it! They even asked for seconds and were disappointed when we ran out! The bread was light with a slightly chewy texture like French bread. It had a nice sweetness and nuttiness from the whole wheat. It was super easy to make and even a complete novice could do it no problem.
This was a great experience and even children can get into it! While eating it we talked about the Jewish faith and Jews in general since it is a traditional food for them. We are Christians so we feel very close to the Jewish people as they are the Chosen People of God. My children asked many good questions, my 5 year old asked if Jesus ate this bread since he was Jewish.
The Thrifty Housewife gives Tribes A Dozen Hallah Bread Mix's a 10! They are easy to prepare, healthy, fun, and inexpensive. I think they would make a great gift to someone for things like holidays and housewarmings, or just a care package. I really want to send my sister one!
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