Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I Finally Mastered Baking Home-Made Bread Thanks to Tribes-A-Dozen's Hallah Bread Mix -- Review and #Giveaway

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

"You want to bake bread at home for your next Holiday meal with friends and family, for a moveable feast, or maybe just for an easygoing weekend brunch with the kids. But baking traditional bread the old fashioned way can be anything but relaxing. There’s the flour and the kneading and the rising times. With kids in the kitchen. . . things can become a free-for-all. And you’re all about practicality.  Well, so are we.

Tribes-A-Dozen hallah bread mixes are quick, easy, and totally delicious. (Kosher and environmentally friendly, too.) Good enough to satisfy the gourmet’s discerning palate, foolproof enough to delight the baking novice. And every single mix is made with love in an environmentally friendly facility.

Our wholesome, all natural bread mixes bring you back to a kitchen from long ago. Recreating the warmth. The heavenly aroma. And, the unmistakable taste. We keep it simple so you can bake these traditional breads to share fresh with friends and loved ones, and make every meal special. Hallah made easy, no one will guess it came from a mix because it tastes just like from scratch. "Break Bread, Not Tradition"

Tribes-A-Dozen is about wholesome, all natural, kosher hallah (or challah bread) – - the classic egg bread – - also referred to as barches, brioche, kalács, osterbrot, or, simply, twisted bread.

Try all three varieties of Voilà! Hallah:

§  Traditional Egg Bread Mix
o   For those asking “what is hallah (challah) bread,” our Traditional is the classic egg bread baked at home for generations around the world. This blend of carefully selected premium ingredients bakes into a fragrant Hallah,a nourishment for the soul as much as the body. 

Ingredients: Unbleached unenriched wheat flour, unbleached and enriched wheat flour (niacin, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, folic acid, malted barley flour), turbinado sugar, sea salt, and organic flavor.  MSRP: $5.99  

§  Wholey Wheat Egg Bread Mix
        o   Nourishing and delicious, our Wholey Wheat is made from premium organic   
       whole grain wheat flour. It bakes into a honey infused Hallah loaf rich with 
       old-world authenticity.  

Ingredients: Organic whole grain wheat flour, brown sugar, turbinado sugar, sea salt, and organic flavor.  MSRP: $5.99  

§  Simply Spelt Egg Bread Mix
o    Our Simply Spelt is made from organic ancient whole grain Spelt flour. Spelt’s natural high content of fiber, vitamins, and minerals – combined with its unique, subtly sweet, nutty flavor — makes our Simply Spelt nutritious and delicious.

Ingredients: Organic whole grain spelt flour, brown sugar, turbinado sugar, sea salt, and organic flavor.   MSRP: $6.99 

Tribes-A-Dozen is about wholesome, all natural, kosher hallah (or challah bread) – - the classic egg bread – - also referred to as barches, brioche, kalács, osterbrot, or, simply, twisted bread.  Hallah has deep spiritual meaning in the Jewish faith, but traditional egg bread is enjoyed in many cultures and embraced by Kosher and non-Kosher households alike. Hallah, or egg bread, is perfectly enjoyed on its own, as sandwich bread, or as the ultimate base for French toast or bread pudding.

Tribes-A-Dozen believes in baking the kind of bread your great-grandmother used to make (she of the handed down recipe). Whether you spell it challah bread or hallah bread, you will love this recipe."
My Thoughts:

I love to cook and bake.  But, the one thing never comes out right for me is homemade breads.  Whether I am cooking from scratch or using boxed bread mix, I can never get the bread to rise and cook up right.  Either the bread is too doughy or the latter, too dry.  I have tried cooking bread in the oven or by using a bread machine -- but, still no luck.  Not one to give up easily, I tried my hand recently at making Hallah or Challah bread from Tribes-A-Dozen, and this time...SUCCESS!!!!  Not only did my my house smell great -- come on, who doesn't love the fragrant smell of freshly baked bread as you walk into the room. :-)

As I let the bread cool and started to take pictures for this post, I couldn't help but give myself a pat on the back for a job well done.  The Hallah bread really came out beautifully.  It looked so good, I didn't want to eat it. But, for this review, and because my belly was rumbling due to the house smelling of home-baked bread, I couldn't resist and ripped out a piece to try.

Oh my...pure bliss.  The Traditional Hallah from Tribes-A-Dozen, along with the the wheat and Spelt mixes were so easy to make and didn't leave me with a big messy cleanup, like past bread baking experiences had.  And, my family and I couldn't stop reaching for another slice of the rich golden egg bread.

This was one bread I wanted to master, as I grew up enjoying this classic egg bread at holidays, including Easter.  My grandmother would bake up loaves for each of her children , while the grandchildren, including myself would decorate Easter cookies.  I loved watching her cook and bake, and she is why I love to get into the kitchen and make things for my family and friends.

Thanks to Tribes-A-Dozen, I can finally say that I can bake homemade bread, and have it come out right.  I made the tradition egg bread just days after receiving the three mixes to review.  And, this past weekend, I baked up the other two -- the wheat one for my family to enjoy with dinner, and the spelt one for my parents, who loved it.

With Easter right around the corner, I will be carrying on the tradition that my grandmother started and will be picking up more traditional Hallah mixes from Tribes-A-Dozen to cook up and share with family and friends coming for Easter brunch.  While the girls are handling the Easter cookies to give to everyone to take home, I will be surprising the adults with a loaf of freshly baked egg bread to take out and enjoy. :-)

If you are like me and never had luck making homemade bread from scratch or with a box bread mix, but wish you could, why not give Tribes-A-Dozen Hallah egg bread mixes a try?  The instructions were easy to follow.  I also found the baking tips shared on the Tribes-A-Dozen website ( to be helpful, as I was first intimidated after many failed attempts at bread, to even give this Hallah bread a try.  But, I am so happy I did try it, and loved how this bread came out and tasted.  This bread mix will definitely be a staple in my pantry for now.

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--WIN IT--

Thanks to the kind folks at Tribes-A-Dozen, one lucky reader will a sampler of the three Hallah bread mixes I was sent --  Traditional, Wholey Wheat and Spelt - for you to bake up at home.  To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

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Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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