December 30, 2013

Revival of Kosher Homebaking Takes on Many Forms

Brooklyn, NY - Debby, a 36-year-old mother of 5 has been baking her own challahs for Shabbos ever since she got married at 20. She is part of a trend of young Orthodox Jewish housewives who bake their own challahs, but she and others admit that as far as baking pastries is concerned that she simply doesn’t have the time or is anxious for the mess it creates, save for the occasional baking sessions with her 12-year old daughter. Homebaking was common amongst Jewish women for most of the 20th century. But an increasing number of bakeries and large kosher stores with bakeries cut into home baking, say several experts reached by Kosher Today. They point out that the baking of pastries has taken on a new meaning under the category of desserts. With the literal explosion of kosher cookbooks and newspaper and magazine sections that focus on kosher desserts, many housewives use baking to create innovative desserts. The Jewish holidays are certainly a time when more people bake, which is why Paula Shoyer’s attractive and well illustrated “Holiday Kosher Baker” is an invaluable resource. A former attorney and graduate of the  Ritz Escoffier pastry program in Paris, she has already published “The Kosher Baker: Over 160 Dairy-Free Recipes from Traditional to Trendy. “ In her latest book she offers recipes for each holiday beginning with Rosh Hahanah through Shavuos. She has also included low-sugar, gluten-free, vegan and nut free pastries.  She may be on to something since many retailers say that home baking is definitely on the rise. They should know: they sell the ingredients.