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PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 10, 2018 I By Chaya Rappoport (The Nosher via JTA)--There's nothing more comforting than a slice of babka and a glass of milk to break a long fast on. In my family, it's pretty much all we eat. But I don't always make babka, and I do always make challah, especially during the High Holidays season. So, for convenience, I started setting aside one portion of my challah dough, rolling it out like babka and filling it with chocolate, creating a babka-challah hybrid. It saves me time, tastes delicious and since my challah dough is pretty enriched, works just as well as my babka dough. Here I've adapted my challah recipe to yield just one round, perfect spiral filled with chocolate and spice. I've found that using both cocoa and melted chocolate in the filling creates the richest, gooiest interiors. I combine chocolate with a bit of olive oil, salt, sugar and spice in a pot, and while they melt, I spread the dough with oil, cocoa and sugar. Then I drizzle the chocolate over the cocoa spread dough. Rolled up in a log, twisted into a spiral and baked with a crown of buttery, cinnamon-flecked crumbs, it's warm, melty and decadent. I can't think of a better way to enter the New Year. Variations: You can use margarine or Earth Balance in place of oil in the crumble to make it completely non-dairy. Not a fan of margarine? You can also combine 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of flour, 1/4 cup of vegetable, a dash of cinnamon and a sprinkle of salt for a butter and margarine-free topping. You could even add a drizzle on top: Combine I cup of con- fectioner's sugar with 1/4 cup of hot water, a splash of vanilla and a pinch of salt, and whisk it well to combine. Drizzle over the challah while it's hot. Ingredients: For the challah: 3 1/2 cups allpurpose white flour, plus more for rolling out I cup lukewarm water (around 105F.) 2 teaspoons active dry yeast 1/3 cup white sugar 2 teaspoons sea salt 2 eggs 3 tablespoons vegetable oil I egg, whisked, for egg wash For the chocolate filling: 4 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt 3 tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger 3 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 cup cocoa 1/4 cup sugar For the crumble: 1 cup allpurpose flour 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar i teaspoon fine sea salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon I stick unsalted butter, softened but cool Directions: 1. Make the challah dough: In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and the sugar in the water; set aside for 5 minutes until a bit foamy. 2. Whisk oil into yeast, then beat in the eggs, one at a time, with the salt. Gradually add flour. 3. When dough holds together, turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth. Clean out bowl and grease it, then return dough to bowl 4. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for I hour, until almost doubled in size. 5. Punch down dough, cover and let rise again in a warm place for another hour. 6. While the dough rises, make the filling: Melt the chocolate with the oil in a pot over low heat on the stovetop. Add the sugar, salt and spices to the pot and stir to combine. Refriger- ate to cool until needed. 7. On a floured surface using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to an 18- by 10-inch rectangle, with the long side nearest you. Brush the 3 tablespoons of olive oil over the dough. Sprinkle the cocoa over the greased dough. Top with the sugar and mix with your hands to combine. 8. Top with the melted, spiced chocolate mixture and use a spatula to swirl it out over the dough. 9. Starting with the long side farthest from you, roll the dough into a snug log, pinching firmly along the seam to seal. Coil the log to form a round challah and place in a pan to rise, around 40 minutes. 10. Make the crumble: Combine all of the ingredients except for the butter in a medium bowl and give a quick stir to combine, making sure to break up any lumps of brown sugar. 11. Add the butter and use your fingertips to mix everything together until crumbs form. Set aside until needed. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 375 F. Brush the top of the challah with egg wash. Sprinkle with crumble. 12. Bake until the top is a deep golden brown, about 40- 50 minutes. Transfer the challah to a rack and cool to room temperature. Serve. Chaya Rappoport is the blogger, baker and picture taker Currently a pastry sous chef at a Brooklyn bakery, she's been blogging since 2012 and her work has been featured on The Feed Feed,, Food and Wine, and Conde Nast Trai;eler. The Nosher food blog offers a dazzling array of new and classic Jewish recipes and food news, from Europe to Yemen, from challah to shakshuka and beyond. Check it out at www. By Sean Savage funding available to UNRWA mockery of both those who to the extent that it resettles are true refugees in various (JNS)--Newlegislationin- the original refugees from conflicts around the world troducedinCongressrecently 1948. and those who are truly liv- is seeking to make American "Those original refugees ing in horrible conditions aid to the United Nations must meet the standards in throughout the region, such Relief and Works Agency, the section 101(a) of the Immi- as Syria," he said. U.N. refugee agency that is gration and Nationality Act, "Itistime toreturnUNRWA solely dedicated to the Pales- which is how American law to its original framework and tinian refugees, contingent defines refugees. This will that is what H.R. 6451, the on reform, reduce thePalestinianrefugee UNRWA Reform and Refugee According to the legisla- population from the inflated Support Act, would do. This tion, introduced by Rep. 5.3 million to an estimated bill would ensure that U.S. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), 40,000," the bill says.taxpayer dollars dedicated to the "UNRWA Reform and Lamborn told JNS that refugees only contribute to Refugee Support Act would UNRWA's wide definition of UNRWA to the extent that it return UNRWAto its original refugees has made a "mock- resettles the original refugees framework and address this ery" of other refugee situa- from 1948--nottheirdescen- false narrative of an inflated tions across the world,dants, who UNRWAalso claim refugee population." "UNRWA's twisted defini- to be refugees." The bill seeks to make U.S. tion of refugee has made a Unlike all other global Every day that you're outside, you're exposed to dangerous, but invisible, ultraviolet (UV) sunlight. 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High annual Christians United interests or industries that it Commissioner for Refugees, for Israel (CUFI) conference, isdesignedtocontrol.UNRWA self-describeddisplacedPales- which has fully endorsed the is an international agency that tinians and their descendants billasameans to helpsolve the is effectively managed by the have had their own dedicated Palestinian refugee situation, interests that it is intended to U.N. agency to provide educa- "UNRWA perpetuates the serve," he said. tion and social services to Palestinian-Israeli conflict Romirowsky said that refugees scattered through- by keeping the Palestinians UNRWA's own "coercive soft out the Middle East--mainly captive as eternal refugees, power" on international poli- in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, the Those educated on the issue, tics and media have help West Bank and Gaza. who truly aim to solve these shield the organization from AccordingtoUNRWA,when crises as opposed to enable scrutiny. the agency was launched, it it, should support UNRWA "This has been done in provided services to about reformandbackthisbill,'said large part by members of the 750,000 refugees. But since CUFI founder and chairman 'refugee' population itself Palestinian refugee status is Pastor John Hagee told JNS. workingwithinUNRWA, with "inherited," that number has Asaf Romirowsky, execu-the help of the senior inter- grown about seven-fold to tive director of the Scholars national managerial staff. By some 5.2 million today, for Peace in the Middle East actingasapressuregroup, the Until earlier this year, the nonprofitandco-authorofthe organization has thus been United States had been the 2013book"Religion, Politics, able to extend its mandate, largest donor to UNRWA, and the Origins of Palestine and ward off oversight and providing more than $355 Refugee Relief," told JNS reform,"he said. million to the agency in that UNRWA reform is long "It might also be asked 2016. However, U.S. Presi- overdue, whether UNRWA's preroga- dent Donald Trump slashed "We have seen a complete tives and operations also con- contributions to the agency and total Palestinian take- stitute a deliberate infringe- by approximately 80 percent over of UNRWA is similar to ment on the sovereignty and to around $80 million, regulatory capture, which legitimacy of the Palestinian The legislation was an- occurswhenastateregulatory Authority."