Gelbstein’s Bakery Frogs

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Consider yourself warned: Forecasts caution that this week, swarms of green frogs are scheduled to invade downtown Lakewood and make their way into hundreds of homes and schools. This particular species of frog is known to occupy domestic territory such as kitchens, tabletops, counters, and even human stomachs! But before you make plans to leave town for the weekend, it might be comforting to know that these frogs will originate in Gelbstein’s bakery, and are not only harmless, but also taste delicious!

For the past ten years, on Erev Shabbos Parshas Va’eira, the famous  Gelbstein’s Bakery of Lakewood, New Jersey, has added an adorable frog cupcake to their showcase of 500+ types of baked goods.

This year, the innovative owners have allowed me to “take you to the back of the bakery”, where you can see firsthand how these little guys are made. Hey, if Gelbstein’s would have been around a few thousand years ago, I’m sure the Mitrzriyim would have been a lot less bothered by the second plague….

 This species of frog is probably the only one that doesn’t start off as a tadpole. Instead, it starts its life as a delicious, freshly baked vanilla cupcake. The process begins pretty much the same way it would in your own kitchen (although perhaps on a somewhat larger scale!) Eggs and flour are measured, weighed and combined with other ingredients in an industrial sized mixer, beat to form a perfectly creamy batter….

 …. poured into cupcake tins, popped into the oven, and baked to golden perfection.

 Now is when the fun part begins!

The cupcakes are flipped bottoms-up. Using a cookie cutter, the excess cake is trimmed off the sides. This will form the body of the frog.

Next, they are topped with a dollop of specially prepared pink butter cream. Don’t worry, although this pink icing gets completely concealed in the next step, it has an important job later!

 

The cupcakes are given a quick dip in a green-fondant bath and emerge transformed.

Bakers Tip:

Poured fondant is available in baking supply stores and is  easy to use.

Heat the fondant and add some green food coloring and you’re good to go.

The weird white lumps of cupcake are beginning to look like frogs!

 With precision, a small cut is made into the top of the frog to reveal the pink icing and form the frog’s mouth. Four small dabs of black and white icing and the frogs have eyes, a swish of red icing and the tongue appears….

…..and they’re complete! So what’s the consensus? Too cute to eat?

 

Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Fill your cookie jars with these adorable Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies-perfect for Parshat Noach and throughout the year.(They are sure to make a “big splash”!)

For these cookies I used my Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe and added the colorful chocolate chips. Click here for my recipe or you can use any  recipe you like.

Chocolate lentils can be used instead of colorful chocolate chips.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Napkin Coat

My sister in Israel is always trying to bring the weekly Parsha “home”. Each week she makes an effort to include some food or décor to her Shabbat table that her children can connect to the Parsha. This is one of her favorites. All it takes is a striped napkin, a couple of folds and snips, and you have a colorful “Joseph’s coat” napkin to grace your Shabbat table.

Supplies:

  • Striped colorful napkins
  • Scissors

Directions:

Start by taking each side of your napkin and folding it to the center.

Fold the napkin in half again.

Cut the arms by making a  small semi circle shape on the side of the napkin(not on the fold side)and cut a quarter of a circle at the top to create the neckline(on the fold side).


Use a marker to make “buttons”.

So easy and so cute!

Noah’s Chocolate Ark

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Ever since my mother sent me this adorable Noah’s Ark Chocolate Mold, I’ve been using it  yearly for Parshat Noach to create our very own chocolaty ark. Last night, I prepared it thinking I’d accomplish two things, the ark for our Shabbat party, and a cute blog post. Early this morning I was having second thoughts about posting it… cute yes, but I wasn’t sure it met the standard I’m looking for in my posts. However, when my two young children woke up this morning, they changed my mind very quickly as they oohed and ahhed about it. All day they’ve been discussing who gets the giraffe, the rhino, the hippo, etc, thereby convincing me to post this blog and hopefully inspire others to create fun Parsha themed goodies for their families.

Supplies

Directions:

Melt the chocolate you would like to use for the details on the animals (1 ounce of each color should be enough).

Using a small paintbrush or a toothpick,fill in the details (ex. brown spots on the giraffe,eyes…) . Allow to dry.

Melt chocolate to fill in the animals and the ark. Place in freezer till solid.

Turn the mold over and carefully remove the chocolate.

 

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