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Kids in the Kitchen - Jewish Holiday Recipes

Cooking and baking in the kitchen with your children is one of the best gifts you can give them...and yourself.

It incorporates many skills, including math, science, a sense of creativity, reading as well as eye hand coordination.  A wonderful side benefit of children being involved in the kitchen, is that they begin to understand nutrition, become adventurous in tasting new foods, and master the self help skills of meal prep and clean up. Presentation of food is a fun way to tap into artistic creativity. Most of all, children feel a great sense of pride upon seeing the finished product and being able to share their homemade foods with others. And what better way to spend time with your child , while investing in their future skills!  Please drop us a line and let us know how you enjoyed our Gan West Preschool Signature recipes for Challah and Honey Cookies below. 

2 cups of lukewarm water 
1 and 3/4 tablespoons of yeast
1/2 cup oil 
1/2 cup sugar 
4 cups of white flour 
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

Gently stir water and yeast. Let sit for 5-10 minutes. Add sugar, oil, 1/2 of the flour and salt. Mix with spoon. Gradually add more flour until the mixture gets too thick too stir. Use your hands to knead the remaining flour into the mixture. The more you knead, the lighter and fluffier the dough!

Shape and bake at 350 for 20-35 minutes depending on size and preference. Challah is ready if it sounds hollow when tapped.

Challah Pan - Get the braided look without the effort

Challah Pan  - Oval shaped for a uniform size

3 cups w.w. flour (save 1/3 cup and add as needed after mixing)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil 
3 eggs 
1/2 tsp baking powder 
1/2 tsp baking soda 
1 tsp cinnamon
3 tablespoons honey

Mix all ingredients. Dough should be slightly sticky. Form into 1 inch balls. Bake at 350 for 10-14 minutes. Cookies will still feel soft on top, and will firm up after. They should be lightly browned on the bottom, but not on top.

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