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17 Responses to A Knead to Bake and Lonni’s Heartfelt Challah Recipe

  1. sandycorman September 25, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

    How wonderful to see all this. Where did you get those pictures of grandma. Boy does all this
    bring back memories. Great writing and great story.

    • Beth Lee September 29, 2014 at 6:09 am #

      Found the photo in the old slides! Lots of more good ones to come! Glad you liked the post.

  2. Carol Sacks September 25, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

    Sweet story, Beth. Such a heartfelt post!

    • Beth Lee September 29, 2014 at 6:11 am #

      Thanks Carol! I made babka this weekend, which is almost like challah with chocolate — I think the yeast demons are slowly fading away!

  3. Sarene (FringeFood) September 25, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

    Beautiful story. Every time you make challah from here on out you’ll have your two challah muses guiding your hands. How wonderful is that!

    • Beth Lee September 29, 2014 at 6:12 am #

      Thanks Sarene – and I’m sure they’ll be “amused” at my kneading but eventually impressed.

  4. Deb|EastofEdenCooking September 25, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

    Such a marvelous post! I adore family stories that are food centered. The Challah is so luxurious, bursting with fresh homemade bread flavor and history. I only knew my paternal grandmother and really didn’t spend much time with her. I relished reading your family history rich in tradition and wonderful food!

    • Beth Lee September 29, 2014 at 6:14 am #

      Yes – bread and certainly challah is rich with stories and tradition. And isn’t it amazing how much history you can get from just one old slide – the food and dishes on the table with my grandmother’s challah is just so time-stamped!

  5. Cheryl September 29, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    I love this whole story and did from the very first line. And then I got to the two videos. As soon as I heard the voice in the 2nd video, I recognized it immediately. It’s Lonni Goldman! What a pleasure to discover this after enjoying the story. I then went back and realized why Lonni’s hands are described as athletic and nimble. (Since I know her, I know she’s a triathlete!)

    p.s. I now see that you do use her last name in the shaded recipe box, but I didn’t see it on my first read-through:)

    • Beth Lee September 29, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

      thanks for the kind words – it truly means the world to me that you enjoyed the story and I am happy that I did your opener proud :-) Though I included many photos – loved them too much no to – I felt like this piece could have stood on its own with just one photo – that made me happy too :-)

      Lonni is a force of nature and her challahs are simply stunning. She brought 4 of her beauties to Rosh Hashanah dinner – we are still devouring the final crumbs.

      Looked like your weekend was fantastic – I hope you didn’t give all my inside stories away in one sitting!

  6. Couscous & Consciousness October 1, 2014 at 11:30 pm #

    What a wonderful post, Beth. So thrilling to see you overcoming your yeast demons, and what a wonderful couple of mentors to guide you. That bread looks absolutely stunning, and has me really want to give it a try.

  7. Hannah October 13, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

    Just beautiful, Beth – I loved every word and your lovely photos and videos. Family memories and food together are so heartwarming. And something about challah is particularly special – making it and sharing it around the table. Your challahs are just gorgeous! L’shana tova to you and your family! Wishing you a sweet, delicious year ahead. xx

    • Beth Lee October 16, 2014 at 8:39 am #

      And you Hannah! And may it bring an opportunity for you and I to finally meet and cook in person!!!

      • Hannah October 16, 2014 at 9:25 am #

        On my wish list for 5775, Beth! xx

  8. susan @ the wimpy vegetarian October 15, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

    I like my challah a little less eggy too, and this looks perfect, Beth. What a gorgeous photo of the bread, and I loved seeing the photos of your family!

    • Beth Lee October 16, 2014 at 8:40 am #

      Thanks Susan! I’m excited to go read your post over on Eating Rules for October Unprocessed!

      • susan @ the wimpy vegetarian October 16, 2014 at 8:50 am #

        I’m so glad you mentioned this, Beth! I thought Andrew was posting it at 1PM, not 1AM, and scheduled my corresponding blog post for THAT time. I just changed it. Thank you!!

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