Challah is an important content of Mishloach Manot – the gifts of food items given to our friends and relatives on the day of Purim. Challah is braided bread, which seems tasty by its mere appearance. And you can either make or buy indeed a number of kinds of challahs to decorate your Purim pack of gifts.
An excellent idea to give a challah bread in a Mishloach Manot basket is to create a challah basket. To make this type of challah, a utensil is utilized in form of a base. To begin with, the dough is rolled flat to make the circular underside of the challah basket. Further bands of 1 inch width are made from the dough. At first some of these ribbons are put perpendicularly along the exterior of the utensil with their one end linked with the base formerly fitted on the base of the pot. After the whole outer side of the utensil is covered with the bands, some other longer ribbons are woven within them one by one, commencing from the base towards the top. After this is completed, the upper tips of the perpendicular ribbons keep hanging unevenly, which are cut with the help of a sharp kitchen knife. The edge of the basket can be created using one more broad band or even with yet another slender braided ribbon to turn it more cute. Likewise you can form a handle of a braid-shaped challah for the basket. This handle is stuck at the basket using toothpicks. If you fill the basket, with a lot of foods and other things e. g. cookies, fruits and chocolates, it will form an outstanding Mishloach Manot gift.
One more splendid theme is to prepare a napkin holder of challah. For this, first a flower of challah bread is created by preparing two rolls of dough and twisting them with each other and fusing their both tips. This forms a closed circle of the two rolls. Then a small-sized strip of an aluminum foil is made into a circle and positioned at the middle of this flower, with its external wall greased. This flower is then baked together with the aluminum foil ring at its middle. Once baked, we are able to place a paper napkin or a cloth napkin in the middle hole, made by the aluminum foil. In the Mishloach Manot basket of gifts, you can choose to include this challah along with a napkin previously placed in it. You can choose to even insert a flower upright in the middle of the napkin cone, to make it more fascinating. You can choose to also combine Hamantash and challah by shaping the challah in a triangle and stuffing it with yummy Jewish foodstuffs, like dry fruits, chocolate, cheese, caramel etc. Challah breads seem very yummy owing to their fresh gleaming color and hence countless kinds of challahs form appropriate Mishloach Manot presents.
Those are some of the ways you can make mishloach manot gift for the Purim.