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Bread on a fast day

Yesterday was the 17th of Tammuz, a minor fast day on the Jewish calendar. It might seem like a smart decision to avoid all thoughts of food on a day of abstention, but I went in a different direction and instead made fifteen loaves of challah.

It was clay challah, though. I didn’t have to worry about good smells from the oven or the temptation of little leftover lumps of dough.

15 unbaked challot

This was my first attempt to mass-produce. Of course, mass production is relative when you’re dealing with something like hand-braided miniature challah. Just blending the colors, prepping the dough and dividing the clay into twenty-ounce sections was fairly time-consuming.

And then of course, there was braiding, finishing and painting. Painting is important; who wants raw challah on their doll’s Shabbat table?

15 challot, baked

That’s better.

Now that I know how long it takes to make fifteen challot (answer: most of an afternoon), I can divide the time by fifteen and have a good idea of how long it takes to make a single challah. (Answer: about fifteen minutes. Not bad, I think?)

raw challah and exacto knife

 

An orange Friday

Bright orange can bring some good energy! Friday can be a busy, busy time, but I’ve gotten a little bit of a boost from some orange influences.

orange fruit jellies

Orange jellies to brighten your day! They’re the same size as the red ones from last week. I hope to have a nice variety of colors soon, so any hungry dolls can have a nice choice of candies.

But there’s more! Every year at Passover, you can expect someone to bring over a box of citrus-shaped jellies. You know, the kind with half-slices of orange, lemon, grapefruit and lime. I’ve only got one option so far, so I hope you like (you’ll never guess) orange!

orange citrus candies

This is how they looked before baking. Maybe a little too shimmery and white. Luckily, some glitter gets lost in the creation process.  Soon, I’ll have a colorful set for a happy 18-inch doll.

For now, have an orange day!

orange candies, two kinds

Miniature matzoh ball soup, good for what ails ya

I love soup. All the time. Summer, winter, no problem. I don’t make matzoh ball soup very often, but I do enjoy the stuff.

A lot of people like to make their matzoh ball soup with really gigantic matzoh balls. Me, too! Here are a couple that I made.

two miniature matzoh balls

Then of course, there’s the argument about hard vs. soft. When they’re made for eating, I like them soft. When they’re made for play, I prefer them hard as plasticized clay.

All the better to serve them up in a tiny bowl with carrot, celery and broth.

matzoh ball soup with penny

I told you the matzoh balls were gigantic!

 

Fruit jellies

Shabbat shalom! If you’re going to a bar mitzvah or an aufruf this weekend, then chances are that you will be celebrating by throwing candy.

tiny fruit jellies

The soft stuff, so you don’t hurt the folks up front, of course. and it should be tasty enough that you’d like to eat a piece or two yourself.

tiny fruit jellies, two wrapped and one unwrapped

Mmm, strawberry…. Or is it cherry? Let’s go with “red.”

Whatever flavor, here at Tiny Judaica I specialize in tiny simchas, which means that the throwing candy is small. How small?

fruit jellies and a penny

This small! Enjoy! Here’s one for big people, as well.

Tiny jellies and a real one

It’s a challah day

Here at Tiny Judaica, I’ve been cooking up a lot of holiday food lately. Of course, there are holidays, and then there are challah days.

Raw challah and a measuring tape

Today is a challah day.

It might seem too early in the week to bake challah. Normally, I’d worry that it would go stale before Shabbat. But when you make your challah out of clay, it stays good forever.

Challah loaf and roll on cutting board

Yep, these will keep for weeks and weeks (and years and years)!