Vanilla Bean Brown Butter Cinnamon Challah Twist: A Guest Post for ‘Baking with Heritage’ at Food Wanderings

A few months ago, Shulie, from the beautiful blog, Food Wanderings, asked me to write a post for her Baking with Heritage series.  I couldn’t have been more flattered, not to mention excited, since this would allow me to journey back to my childhood in my grandmother’s kitchen where she taught me to make challah from an old family recipe. This recipe was taught to her by her mother, who in turn learned it from her mother in Russia, who learned it from her mother in Russia. and so on and so forth. A precious family heirloom that is dear to my heart, and to me, the most perfect challah.

I rarely sway from this recipe, but in this case, my creative side overruled my traditional side, so this round, Vanilla Bean Brown Butter Cinnamon Challah Twist was born – a 2-pound, sweet goo-filled, bouncy, twisted baby challah!

Come on baby, let’s do the challah twist!

Vanilla Bean Brown Butter Cinnamon Swirl Challah Twist

Before I link you to my challah twist post, along with the recipe, a few things I need to touch on that are totally unrelated to this challah twist, but I wanted to update you and failed to do so in my last post.

First off, I finally moved to my own domain about a month ago.  See the URL on top?  I’m no longer, I’m just .com;  I haven’t decided where I’m going with this yet, but I’m happy with my new digs.  I bought a a url auto-direct so you don’t (I hope) have to change anything or subscribe again.  But, if there’s any problems, please let me know.  I’ve installed a neat little contact form, which you can access from the page options below the header, where it says; CONTACT ME.

Should I just change it to CONTACT? Is ‘ME’ really necessary?  The stuff I ponder…

Also, none of my ‘likes’ or share button numbers were able to be transferred, so, sadly, it’s a  clean I’m brand new.  For those of you who ‘liked’ my posts here and/or shared my posts via Pinterest, Twitter, etc, a belated thank you!

Secondly, I finished the Bad Boy First Love story, but it had to be split into two parts because it’s just way too long. Part 20 will be up this coming Monday, April 8th, 2013.  I accidentally published it yesterday so you probably received an email or saw it in your reader.  The link won’t work because, after posting it I was informed that my Secret Recipe Club reveal post, in which the next installment of Bad Boy First Love is a part of, is supposed to go up next Monday, so I had to take it down. BUT, for those of you who read it, I’m adding a lot more to it since I have almost a week to do so.

Having said all that, I’m sorry it’s been so long in between parts, but I experienced the worst case of writers block I’ve ever had, plus some health issues.

Vanilla Bean Brown Butter Cinnamon Swirl Challah Twist
To get the recipe and read about this sweet challah twist, loaded with pockets of vanilla bean infused brown butter and cinnamon sugar goo, head on over to this page on Shulie’s blog, Food Wanderings! While you’re there, take a stroll through her posts because there’s so much to love about her blog, from her beautiful recipes and photos to her brilliant writing!

Vanilla Bean Brown Butter Cinnamon Swirl Challah Twist

I’m submitting this challah twist to Yeastspotting..a weekly bread baking showcase hosted by the talented Susan of Wild Yeast.

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39 Responses to Vanilla Bean Brown Butter Cinnamon Challah Twist: A Guest Post for ‘Baking with Heritage’ at Food Wanderings

  1. Rosa Mayland says:

    A wonderful guest post! I loved it. And that challah looks amazing.



  2. Thank you for being a part of the ‘Baking with Heritage series, Lisa. Your challah, writing, photographs and history behind this recipe are priceless. It really enriches the series and so happy you agreed to do it. No words can describe my gratitude!

  3. Wow…this looks amazing. I may take a peek and see if my company this weekend could get very lucky. It was great to hear from you, hope your writer’s block and health issues are swept away with the the winter. Looking forward to Monday!

  4. Yuko says:

    Lisa, this Challah bread looks fantastic and yummy!!!

  5. This guest post looks utterly brilliant my friend 🙂
    And do not stress – take your time and I hope you are feeling better!

    Choc Chip Uru

  6. Shelley C says:

    Congratulations on your new “home” 🙂
    And YUM. I want a piece of that. And by “a piece” I mean an entire loaf. That looks scrumptious. Heading over for the recipe NOW!

  7. Liz says:

    SO good to see you posting! And congrats on the new domain! This is a bread I must bake…not sure if mine will look as spiffy, but the taste will be amazing!!!

  8. Dan says:

    What a gorgeous bread I think I may even try this and I am no baker. I would really like to rip a chunk of that right now. Great timing with Passover now done. Great post and great photos!

  9. Hello Lisa, Here is another virtual hug just for good measure and hope you are well on recovery. Congrats on moving to your .com. I love Challah bread and love reading about the history and your family traditions while making it. I think if you look at your first picture it kind of looks like an old man smiling. Well in any case I would be smiling if you offered me a piece of this delicious bread.

  10. A beautiful and mouthwatering bread! I would love a large slice for my breakfast!

  11. BRILLIANT post 🙂 big hugs.

  12. So nice to see you posting again! I hope you are on recovery! This is a gorgeous bread and thanks for the little family story behind the bread. Love those swirls and would love a piece with a tad bit of butter please.

  13. johanna says:

    that is positively the best challah i’ve seen yet;
    congrats on your new site!!
    wish i could ‘like’ and ‘follow’ on facebook and twitter, but i’m not on those..however i will spread the word to my foodie friends to check out your new site, as always..
    can’t wait to read the ending of your marvelous tale…good job girl 🙂

  14. FoodBabbles says:

    Congratulations on your new digs! I’m, well… “diggin’ it.” 😉 Most importantly, it’s so nice to “see” you again!! I hope you’re alright and feeling good. You mention some health problems. I hope you’re on the mend.

    I love this lovely loaf! I’ll definitely be headed over to visit Shulie (love her site!) and take a gander at this recipe. I can already tell I’m in love.

    And Ahhhh!! I can’t wait for Monday now!! Looking forward to BBFL 🙂 And of course, your lovely creation. I love SRC reveal day! Which reminds me, I baked mine a while ago but have yet to write. I better get on it!

  15. It turns out I made a cinnamon sugar challah a few weeks ago (haven´t posted it yet) but, really, it looks like the ugly sister of this one. It´s gorgeous! And I did read thr first part of bad boy… I got it by email…I won´t tell…

  16. Stephanie says:

    Yay for challah bread! And congratulations on your new address! ^_^

  17. This looks amazing, never made challah before but I’d like to give it a try.

  18. Sophie33 says:

    What a wonderful, tasty guest post! This special bread aka challah looks amazing, tasty & fantastic too! 🙂 Waw, even!!!! xxx

  19. Dinavia says:

    I’m so glad to see you back, Lisa! I’m also looking forward to part 20! This bread is gorgeous…I love challah..I thought it was a cake at first! Unique slicing!

  20. I love the shape of your challah, Lisa. I also love how special this recipe is for you. How wonderful you shared it for a guest post. It looks so fluffy and wonderful. I make a cinnamon sugar version but make it in a braid and now I want to make one soon like your shape (and want to try your treasured recipe). Yay for your new domain. I can’t wait to see the story coming up this Monday! xx

  21. This is a fabulous “new” twist on traditional challah…beautiful! Hope you’re feeling better!

  22. Winnie says:

    Do I really need to say anything about this gorgeous challah/cake ??
    It looks amazing and I soooooooooooo want a slice or two now.
    We all love it here. This kind of cake (here we call it yeast-cake, as we cannot bless on it as a challah), is super popular here.

  23. Congrats on the new name and site…I was confused at first hi hi. That concoction is making my head swirl..yummy! Hope you are feeling better and I am catching up on late comments too, will read 20 soon.

  24. Kiran says:

    Saw this beautiful loaf at Shulie’s. Drooling 😀

  25. Monica says:

    Challah bread is my absolute favorite, and cinnamon is the perfect touch!

  26. How did I miss THIS?!? Arrrrghhhh! Your challah is the most beautiful loaf of bread I’ve ever seen! That top photo needs to be framed! Time to head over to Shulie’s…

  27. Suzanne says:

    Beautiful bread Lisa, and I did notice the .com as soon as I clicked on your page congrats! Sorry it’s been so long since I visited last, I rarely open my reader anymore and so I don’t see your updates. Your such a talented baker and cook don’t let that writer’s block get you down too long. I hope you are feeling okay. Nice to see your beautiful recipes 🙂 xoxox!

  28. Holy crap, how am I just now seeing this?! I love this bread, Lisa, everything about it is beautiful! Fantastic shape, and filling! It sounds marvelous! 🙂 I’ll take a slice or two!

  29. Carolyn says:

    I loved reading this. My maternal grandfather and his family came from Russia to Australia. He died when my mother was 16 so I never knew him. His second marriage was to an english lady. Somehow the jewish genes surface when I read and see recipes like this one. Thank you for sharing I will give it a try maybe with a camping tweak.

    • Lisa says:

      I’m glad you loved reading this, Carolyn! Recipes that conjure up memories of loved ones and our ancestry are so special. I choked up a few times while writing it. I’m sorry you7 did not have more time with your maternal grandpa, but I’m glad this post and challah brought back memories of him. Let me know if you try the challah, or the camping ‘tweak’ of it, rather. xo

  30. Lauren says:

    I wanted to thank you for this lovely recipe. I found this recipe from Pinterest and made it yesterday as a special treat for my husband who has been working too hard lately. It was just perfect and we are enjoying it so much. The memories of your grandmother just made it all the more special. Thank you!

    • Lisa says:

      I’m so thrilled that you and your husband are enjoying it, Lauren! I think my grandmother would have enjoyed it too – barring ‘tradition’ lol We all love it here too and I’m already getting requests for the holidays. Thank you for sharing that with me..totally made my day 🙂

  31. FoodsNearMe says:

    Usually guest post a best thing in which we can write on many blogs about food and more things. Nice guest post i like the flavor of the cinnamon swirl. Fantastic post and thanks for sharing.

  32. Eliza A says:

    This challah looks incredible and I was planning on making it tomorrow. I had the website bookmarked but today I checked it to make sure I had everything only to find that the domain name “foodwanderings” expired! Do you have a hard copy of this recipe? I would really love and appreciate the trouble.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi, Eliza! I’m shocked that her site is suddenly gone, but no worries, I have a copy of the recipe. I can send it to you by email, if you’d like? If her site isn’t back up within a few days, I’ll have the recipe up here 🙂

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