V’nahafoch hu

A theme of Purim is v’nahafoch hu, a celebration of things getting turned upside down. Haman builds gallows for Mordechai, and is hung on those same gallows. Haman plans a fantastic reward for himself, and instead has to bestow this reward on Mordechai.
There’s a less celebrated version of  v’nahafoch hu, as well. We buy bags of flour, oats and other baking goods to prepare Purim treats, and almost immediately need to think about ridding our house of chametz for Passover.
In that spirit, I’ll be posting some of my favorite “get rid of your chametz” recipes over the next few weeks.
The first is a delicious and really easy pareve cake, Grandma Mettie’s oatmeal cake. I use Earth Balance original and skip the frosting – it doesn’t need it at all.
The second is a great bread machine challah recipe, courtesy of Minnesota Mamaleh. She found it on Allrecipes, but I think it’s originally from Kosher by Design, a series of cookbooks which I find generally overrated, but not in this case. This is the best bread machine recipe I’ve found so far. (But if you have time to do the whole thing by hand or using a Kitchen Aid with a dough hook, try this one instead. It’s from Smitten Kitchen, one of my very favorite blogs.)
Shabbat Shalom, and welcome to all of my new readers. If you like my blog, please spread the news to your friends, students, and congregants. And don’t foget to tell my mother.

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posted February 19, 2010 at 1:53 pm

I always found the purim baking frenzy an odd kick off to the pesach cleaning. I like your take that it is part of the v’nahafoch hu of Purim.
Shabbat shalom,

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Minnesota Mamaleh

posted February 19, 2010 at 5:03 pm

great post, great connections and great recipes, amy! thank you! have you tried sk’s honey cake? best. recipe. EVER! (don’t tell my mom i said that!)

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posted February 20, 2010 at 11:13 am

thanks for this. do you use earth balance instead of shortening in the cake recipe?

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posted February 20, 2010 at 6:26 pm

yes, i do-

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posted February 21, 2010 at 11:20 pm

i bought way too much flour and unless i make mountains of hamantaschen this week, i’m going to have to work hard to use it all up! thanks for the ideas :-)

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Jennifer in MamaLand

posted February 21, 2010 at 11:58 pm

Just wanted to let you know that this page has appeared in the 51st (just in time for Purim) kosher cooking carnival – see you there!

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posted February 23, 2010 at 7:41 am

One note to add – I want your readers to know that most bread makers will make up to two pounds of bread; in order to fulfill the mitzvah of “taking challah” (hafrashat challah), you need at least 5 pounds of flour. I am sure for many making smaller amounts makes sense, I just wanted to point it out.
It is very easy to make 5 pounds into challah dough, freeze two thirds or half, and then use it on a different week.

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