• Luscious Challah Bread

    Best Ever Challah Bread

    How does one start a blog post during a worldwide pandemic? I guess you take a deep breath, and take it one step, or in this case one delicious bite of Challah bread, at a time.

    Best Ever Challah Bread

    The last time I posted, I was in my master’s degree program, in Boston, doing long distance marriage with my husband. That was three years ago.

    Tonight, my 7-month old daughter is sleeping soundly in her crib, while my 1-year old pup is laying at my feet, and my husband is playing a video game. How quickly life changes.

    The truth is, I have so many posts that I have been yearning to work on these last three years, but I have never found the time. I am so excited to share my stockpile of treasures with you now!

    Best Ever Challah Bread

    So, to really get into this properly, we have to go back many years, to when my love affair with Challah bread began – high school.

    At a ridiculously easy distance of 15 minutes from my house, a tiny Jewish bakery graced our city. Full of delicious homemade meals, the temptations in that little shop were difficult to overcome.

    Now, living in South Florida, we had the luxury of finding decent challah bread in most supermarkets. I had supermarkets just around the corner from my home, each offering their own version. But no, I wasn’t satisfied with just any Challah. It was worth that extra drive to have the fresh-baked, dreamy, dense real thing.

    When I went off to college, I realized that much of the world in general outside of Florida was not privileged with access to stellar Challah. I learned to make Challah bread for the same reason I learned to cook many other dishes. I was craving something excellent, something delicious, and I couldn’t find it anywhere.

    Best Ever Challah Bread

    It took me three years and countless tries to find a Challah recipe I was happy with. One night, frustrated with my studies, and cautiously optimistic about yet another Challah recipe, I discovered a treasure. This recipe is a modified version from, wouldn’t you know it, an adaptation of Brizel’s bakery recipe in Jerusalem, from an old article many years ago. I like to make the holiday version, with raisins and rum, for a little extra love.

    When I tell you that it has been a over a decade since we first tried this, and we’ve never bothered to look at another recipe again, I mean it. It is dense, delicious, soft (and stays that way for days). It has been vetted and devoured by many friends and family members. Most days, I won’t bake this – because I know I’ll eat it.

    To this day, whenever I bake this bread, my husband and I stop to share in the delicious scent that we both agree “smells like home”. In these trying times, I hope this recipe can be a source of comfort and blessing to you and yours, and that you enjoy it as much as we have.

    Best Ever Challah Bread

  • Gravy Biscuits

    Gravy Biscuits

    Another life change, another blog post. Remember some time ago (oh, say, two and half years?) when we exulted in the joy of my finally being in the same city as my husband? Well, here we are, and a few amazing coincidences later, we are back on the long-distance bandwagon. Honestly, I thought this would be a brutal experience. But, the combined effect of wonderful people, an incredible new city, and a truly great grad school program (did I mention I started my master’s degree?) – and I can only report happiness. But, here’s the real point of excitement – I finally have some time to post about delicious goodies!

    Gravy Biscuits

    I have to say, I’m so grateful for the friends that have guided my way around the Boston food scene. From dim sum, to coffee, to bubble tea, to blow-your-mind cannolis – there is so much goodness to experience. And it is impossible not to be inspired. That is one of the best and worst parts about it – do you know how difficult it is to be perpetually inspired, but not have any time to post? Today, we are going to begin our journey into an extensive backlog of recipes that I have been preparing for months.

    Gravy Biscuits

    You might know by now that I was born in Cuba – but what you probably don’t know yet is that my husband is a true Southern man, born and raised in the beautiful state of Georgia. I, too, spent part of my childhood in Georgia, and I’ve made it a point to find the best Southern recipes around, including his family’s breakfast sausage gravy. Now, I’ll share the recipe for the gravy in a future post, but today we are going to cover one of my personal obsessions: gravy biscuits.

    Gravy Biscuits

    Anyone who grew up in the South will tell you – biscuits are not just one recipe. They are a category of recipes. There are biscuits for tea, biscuits for gravy, biscuits for jam. There are sweet biscuits, flaky biscuits, buttery biscuits, savory biscuits. Because biscuits are not about just the biscuit – they about what they are eaten with. For years now, I have dedicated myself to a search for the “just right” gravy biscuit. Gravy biscuits can’t be too sweet to go with the gravy, or too crumbly to go against its weight. You need the perfect partner for the creamy, meaty gravy (I know, I’m taunting you) that will go on top. After an extensive investigation, I put together a recipe that has become our household go-to. It comes together easily, but it is most definitely “just right.” As always, if you find any delicious changes or modifications, or have any suggestions, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

     

    Recipe follows after the jump —->

  • Best Dinner Rolls

    Best Dinner Rolls | via HeartofHomemade.com

    Here’s a short story for you, my friends. Once upon a time, there was a girl who searched to the ends of the Earth for a dinner roll recipe that would suit her needs. She found many different varieties…some buttery, some hard, some yeasty, some crusty. But no recipe in all the land gave her exactly what she wanted: long-lasting fluffiness and perfect texture, delicious flavor, and easy technique. One day, when this girl was supposed to be taking a break from blog recipes, she accidentally created a magical recipe that was everything she had ever hoped for. She tested it again, and again it came out perfect. “It can’t be!” she cried. And she proceeded to stuff her face with bread.

    Best Dinner Rolls | via HeartofHomemade.com

    Best Dinner Rolls | via HeartofHomemade.com

    Guys. That was based on a true story. I may have never mentioned this before – but bread is one of my very favorite things on this planet. I am extremely picky about it, and it is very often my favorite part of the meal at restaurants. There is just nothing like bread fresh out of the oven. Nope. So, after years of looking for a rolls recipe that could be enjoyed for dinner, but then also enjoyed for the rest of the week with breakfast and lunch – I’ve found it. And, even though I was supposed to be taking a break… I just have to share it.

    Best Dinner Rolls | via HeartofHomemade.com

    This recipe is very tweak-able. If you want sweet bread, add some more honey. If you want cheesy bread, add your favorite grated cheese. If you want herbs, add some herbs. Have a party with it! And let me know how your tweaks turned out! I’d love to hear about some variations on this recipe.

     

    Recipe follows after the jump –>