My husband is bread addict…and I mean addict. He eats a couple of loaves A WEEK. No really, I don’t exaggerate. And the kicker is: he is allergic to the preservatives in bread. When we lived in England, it wasn’t a big deal to avoid the danger breads because the preservatives are marked with an E-number for easy identification. However, when we moved back to the US, it was impossible to figure out with store-bought bread because there are a million chemicals in them and unless you are a chemist, you can’t easily isolate which are the preservatives and which aren’t. Buying a crazy nice 100% natural loaf that costs $6 is out of the question too, since he is just going to inhale it. So, he bought one of these bread maker things and makes his own bread. Problem solved.
Anyway, we’ve had the bread maker for years and I’ve never paid much attention to it because bread-making is “his thing” and other than challah, the kid and I don’t eat bread. Recently though, my husband has been very busy at work and I offered to man the bread machine. I’m the kind of person that reads the manual and although he showed me how to use the machine, I read the manual anyway and found out the bread machine can do a lot more than make bread! It can make jam and cakes and even a meatloaf! And critically for this article, it can make dough. Yes, I know what you are thinking, it is easy to make dough in a stand mixer. Not this easy. The machine makes it insanely easy. You just throw in the ingredients and minutes later you are done.
I’m in love with the bread maker now and I can do all the challah projects I’ve been wanting to do for years! These dove dinner rolls are one of them. The dove is very symbolic for Jews in general and is particularly relevant for Yom Kippur. The dove is a symbol of purity, just like we strive for this time of year. We also wear white, like the dove, and this one is my favorite from the Talmud:
Just as the dove is only saved by her wings, so too, the Jews
are only saved by their mitzvot.
-Talmud Berachot 53b
Making the rolls is really not that different from making challah. First you divide the dough into equal balls. Shape those balls into long braids, like you would do for challah but instead of braiding them, take each one and form a knot. The longest end of the knot will be the tail and if you have two long ends, fold one down for the head. Just so:
Using a scissors, make 3 or 4 cuts into the downward end to form the tail.
For the head, pinch the edge slightly with your fingers and again with the scissors, make a single, horizontal cut for the beak. Poke it twice with the end of the scissors to make the eyes.
You can serve them in a basket or form a nest with each napkin and place them in there. Here I just simply placed it on top of the napkin.
They are almost too cute to eat…almost. Anyway, I have to make more…someone already ate them all.