We met Leah last year and she shared with us her plans to launch a new kosher product sometime this year. We had no idea what it would be and were thrilled when we heard that it was a challah mix. How wonderful!  To be able to make fresh challah from a mix. What an ingenious idea.

The breads are available in three blends:

The directions are clearly detailed on the box and we followed them exactly. We made the Wholey Wheat. It really is very simple: all of the ingredients are added to the mixer bowl and mixed for 10 minutes. The first dough rise is for 45 minutes and then the dough is shaped. The second rise is for another 45 minutes. The bread is then baked for 25 minutes and Voilà!, you have a homemade challah. Actual hands–on time is minimal.

We decided not to sprinkle sesame seeds on the challah as suggested in the directions (O.K. so we didn't follow the directions exactly) and instead sprinkled it with Bagel Spice Sea Salt Flakes. The finished challah was fabulous! It was just sweet enough – the way we like it. The whole process was easy and we produced a beautiful homemade, looked like from-scratch, delicious challah bread.  Imagine, the convenience of a mix and the taste of homemade.

The packages include the mix and the yeast and require the addition of  water, two eggs and oil. Both the Simply Spelt and the Wholey Wheat also require the addition of honey. The products are all natural, contain no preservatives, artificial flavors or coloring and are kosher certified OU Parve.

Leah shared her recipe for Cranberry Filled Bread – start with a box of Voilà! Hallah Bread Mix. Read our Chat with Leah Hadad; she shares how and why she developed her "challah/hallah in a box" mix.

We are delighted to see a product such as this available to the kosher consumer. After a long day, there is still enough time left to prepare a freshly baked loaf of challah. What a wonderful convenience. As the box states, "Break Bread, Not Tradition".

The TribesADozen.com website is currently under development and will be available shortly. Leah will answer questions about the product on Tribe-A-Dozen's Facebook and Twitter pages. Read Leah's postings on Tumbir.com.

The products can be purchase on Amazon.com. Voilà! Hallah Wholey Wheat Egg Bread Mix, Voilà! Hallah Simply Spelt Egg Bread Mix and Voilà! Hallah Traditional Egg Bread Mix.

July 11, 2012