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Master baker Rose Levy Beranbaum, a pastry legend, has committed to taking her majesty down a few notches to teach those of us who don’t know the basics of mise en place.
Baking and I have a complicated relationship. It was certainly the first thing I was allowed to do in the kitchen — I was a pro at whipping up brownies, cookies and cakes of the boxed variety (until the oven became involved) as early as age three. But it was also the source of a lot of waste and angst for my parents growing up. Cooking is more forgiving than baking; making “surprise” scrambled eggs for my family one Sunday in elementary school resulted in a scolding for using the electric stove unsupervised, but also in a delicious breakfast. Baking, however, is tougher to master: I believe my father called my first attempt at cookies “bricks,” and promptly chucked them in the garbage.
Confession time: Until a few days ago, I had never made challah.
Both nights of Rosh Hashanah, we recite the shehechiyanu blessing of thanks for reaching this moment, for experiencing a new or special occasion. On the first night, we say it in celebration of the new year. On the second night, for those who celebrate two days of the holiday, the new year is no longer new per se, but tradition still dictates that we say the blessing.