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The Ultimate Gluten-Free Challah Recipe



  • 1 package active dry yeast (about 1 Tbsp)
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 1/4 cup honey (85 grams)
  • 2 eggs (egg-free version: 2 tbsp flax seeds blended with 6 tbsp warm water until frothy)
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) grapeseed or other vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp xanthan gum
  • 1 cup (140 grams) tapioca flour/starch
  • 1 1⁄2 cups (200 grams) gluten-free oat flour (Bob’s Red Mill makes it, as does Cream Hill Estates)
  • 1⁄2 cup (40 grams) coconut, quinoa, brown rice, teff, or other gluten-free flour (note: if you use teff flour, you can reduce your xanthan gum to 2 tsp).


  • Place the yeast and honey in the bottom of the bowl. Cover with the warm water and whisk for 30 seconds to dissolve the yeast.
  • Let the yeast foam and bubble for a few minutes. Mix in wet ingredients first (eggs, oil, vinegar) and then add the flours, salt, and xanthan gum. Mix well. Add raisins if you like. Pour into a lightly oiled 9×5 loaf pan and smooth the top. Cover with a clean dishtowel and let rise for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  • 15 minutes before it’s finished rising, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Remove the dishtowel and bake until golden brown, about 40 to 45 minutes. Let it cool for a few minutes out of the oven in the pan before removing. Turn it out onto a cooling rack and let cool 30 minutes before slicing.
  • Gluten-free bread dough is usually a similar texture to cake batter, which is not braidable. I have this braided loaf pan to trick people into thinking I actually braided this challah. But any loaf pan will do!


I’m going to have to try this…

I wonder how it will be with raisins…


London designer Dominic Wilcox just unveiled his visionary concept for the future of transportation. Behold the beautiful Stained Glass Driverless Sleeper Car of the Future. Traveling in this beautiful vehicle must be like taking a ride inside a giant Fabergé egg, which, of course, sounds incredibly awesome.

Wilcox presented his driverless glass car prototype at the London Design Festival 2014:

"In the future it will be safer to drive in a driverless car than it will in a manual car," said Wilcox. "Therefore we don’t need the protection systems that are built into contemporary cars. We can just have a shell of any design."

The designer imagined a future where all cars were controlled by computers that would eliminate collisions and accidents, meaning everyday vehicles would no longer need to be designed for safety.

Wilcox proposes that a perfectly safe self-driving car is a car that can be made out of something as fragile as glass and used as, in the case of this prototype, a sleeper car. It contains a cozy bed in which the rider can sleep while being driven to their destination. But there are many other possibilities besides a mobile bedroom. Liberated from the responsibility of driving, people could have cars that served as mobile offices, gyms, dining rooms, or lounges. The only limits are your imagination and, of course, your budget.

In addition to unveiling this daring prototype, Wilcox also launched a concept website, called TaxiRobot, where users can customize and order their own driverless cars for a variety of functions and featuring all sorts creative exterior designs.

Click here to watch a video about Dominic Wilcox and his stained-glass driverless car.

Photos by Sylvain Deleu

Head over to Dezeen for additional information about this fabulous futuristic concept car.

I’m sure this will be the first of a long series of “awesome things to replace my car with.”

Hockey Canada amends change room policy after transgender player's complaint

Hooray for change, speaking up, and EVERYONE playing hockey!!!

For more info on equality in the locker room, no matter who you are, where you are, what the sport, what your gender, what your sexuality, check out You Can Play Project. It’s sports, damn it! It’s for everyone!

<3333 good luck — how old was it?

It was a 1998 Toyota. (Not ancient, but old in car-years) I’m just being melodramatic.

This whole stranded thing is starting to hit me, too. (The public transportation here isn’t great.) Plus, I don’t know if the Oscar the Grouch costume is going to fit in the other car, so THAT is going to make the next month or so interesting. (October/November is his time to shine)

Adult-hood is really expensive. Frankly, I’m over it.

Another One Bites The Dust…

And as we recite the Mourner’s Kaddish for my car (a vehicle that’s likely older than many of the people on tumblr), let us reflect on its many adventures as my primary mode of transportation.

The countless trips across the state, from here to Slippery Rock University & California, Pennsylvania. The never-ending construction of the Turnpike, it handled with uncomplaining grace.

The cross-country trips to Tempe, Arizona. The monsoons, “dry heat” and whatever ridiculous weather patterns you try justify down there, just to live in that fabulous desert.

The weird things that I know will fit in that trunk, from mascots to Muppets, so incredibly tall hockey players drinking moonshine.

It has seen me through the millennium, through a number of institutions of higher learning (for better and worse). This car has been very good to me and I’m sad to see it go.

Farewell, “Timbits.” May everyone be as lucky to have a vehicle as reliable as you.

I can’t WAIT to see this movie.

It’s Red Army. A view of the Soviet Union, the Soviet sports machine, and the Red Army hockey team from the inside, primarily from the view of Viacheslav Fetisov (former Red Army team captain & defenceman for the Detroit Red Wings). Fascinating stuff!! (Vadislav Tretiak is in it as well. LOVE that man!)

Check out the the full story & more historical clips on TSN’s Bar Down.

Rosh Hashanah Dinner • Elana's Pantry

Need some allergy-friendly menu ideas for Rosh Hashanah?

Elana’s Pantry has a good menu lined up.

As our house has to deal with a number of restrictions, (Gluten, corn, sugar, dairy, kiwi fruit?!?!?) this is a great resource. We’re definitely doing the Rosemary Apple Chicken along with some roasted veg and No Gluten, No Problem’s challah. 

Sounds like a good birthday/Yom Tov dinner to me!!

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