What would Walter Think? Cranberry Challah Kugelettes
I like to think that Walter would be flattered if he knew how much he inspired me by his off the cuff comment.
Interestingly, the other group members were also very amused by his comment. It seems as though it sparked a lot of discussion!
The group this past week was continuing to feel disappointed that there was no funding for a holiday party this year.
In order to address their disappointment, I initially suggested that we have a potluck party. I received a lukewarm response.
So, then, we had a discussion on giving and receiving gifts. I asked them: “who do you give to?” And, “who gives to you?”
As the group members discussed the questions, they began to realize that true happiness comes from giving and sharing rather than getting or taking.
When we give to give, we feel love for others and loved by them. When we give to get, it is a recipe for resentment and disappointment.
Still, one group member asked: “But, what if you don’t have very much?”
I suggested that even if a group practices “musical giving” it creates more good will than if everyone just keeps for themselves whatever they have.
“Musical giving” is my term to describe when everyone keeps passing around even the same gift from one person to another. It is almost like the game “the wonder ball,” hence the name.
It might not make sense, but, the act of giving, even if it is not consumed and then subsequently passed onto someone else, creates a relationship and promotes spiritual growth and connection.
I am happy to say that by the end of the group, everyone agreed to have a potluck holiday party.
Hopefully, everyone will remember to bring what they committed to bring in.
Cranberry Challah Kugelettes
In the meantime, I am continuing to explore creative ways to use up leftover bread. This recipe is another adaption of my challah kugel.
At my mother’s suggestion, I decided to make them as cupcakes, so that they would be easier to handle and cook faster.
16 oz. challah
Variations: I have not tried it yet, but, try substituting crushed matzah or rice instead of bread.
1 ½ cups water
1 ½ cups milk (I used rice milk)
Optional: use orange juice for either or all of the liquid instead
1-1 ½ cups cranberries
1 cup sugar: I used brown sugar only this time
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons oil
Optional: orange zest
Optional: icing sugar sprinkled on top after it’s baked.
Preheat oven to 375* F.
Crumble or break up challah (or matzah or rice) into small pieces into bowl.
Combine water (or juice) and milk and pour over challah. Mix until challah is soft, but not too mushy. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Pour into cupcake pans lined with cupcake holders. Bake for approximately 1 hour or until done.
The texture is particularly creamy when it is baked in a deeper pan containing about 1 inch of water.
When I do not used a hot water bath, I bake it in a 350* F oven instead. It depends on how time challenged I am at that moment.
Serve warm or at room temperature and dust, if desired with icing (confectioners’) sugar. I did not, but I think it might be prettier with it.
I am happy to say that it was a big hit! Enjoy!
Now, I have to see if it meets Walter’s approval.