I don’t think it’s a surprise to any of my readers, that I love oats. From my several attempts to make different granola oat bars, to even substituting flour for oat flour in my chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe– I can’t deny I love oats. I even have oatmeal as a snack sometimes. So naturally, I am always on the look out to find new ways to incorporate oats in to homemade snacks. The other day I came across an Oat Cake recipe from the Real Local Cooking blog – not only did they look amazing but they could be made sweet and savory.
Traditionally, Challah(pronounced Ha-lah) is a Jewish celebration bread enjoyed on Jewish holidays and every Friday evening for Shabbat. The bread is braided, except on the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) when it is made round to symbolize continuity.
Challah comes from biblical story of manna, or bread, that God sent to the Israelites in the wilderness. In the days of the Temple in Jerusalem, Jews brought dough as an offering to the priests, who used it to bake their own bread. For centuries, Jewish women baked challah weekly in their homes. These days, most Jews buy it at bakeries.
Today, Challah is not only a religious symbol that we see amongst the Jews or a bread that is only prepared for Friday. It has become a staple to many diners and delis. In my opinion if your going to make French Toast- use Challah (Promise it is better then Brioche).
Whether you are hosting friends, or having a pre-dinner snack with a loved one there is no need to go above and beyond for Valentine’s Day. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against this Hallmark Holiday- but I don’t believe in purchasing flowers or going out to a romantic meal on one of the most expensive days of the year. Here are a couple of easy sweet bites that you can use for any occasion.