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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Vanilla Babies

We attended a Brit Milah, which according to Wikipedia is "a religious ceremony within Judaism that welcomes infant Jewish boys into a covenant between God and the Children of Israel through ritual circumcision performed by a mohel ("circumcisor") in the presence of family and friends, followed by a celebratory meal (seudat mitzvah)", this morning.

Yep, we went to an (ahem) circumcision ceremony. It's really lovely to be invited to celebrate such a significant and happy occasion, and I'm saying happy because C. suffered some complications which resulted in her being hospitalised and E. being born some two or more months prematurely. C & J were only able to bring him home from hospital the Saturday past.
That's all wonderful and all, but let's not overlook the fact that we were at a circumcision ceremony (raised eyebrows). It may be perfectly normal and acceptable and even expected for some communities to celebrate events like these but can I say that this was definitely a first for me?
Anyway, in celebration of E's exit from hospital I baked some Vanilla Babies! Here they are holding hands:

Vanilla Babies

donna hay 'Modern Classics Book 2'

185g softened butter, 1 cup caster sugar, 1.5 tsp vanilla extract, 2.5 cups plain flour, 1 egg, 1 egg yolk

  1. Beat butter, sugar & vanilla until smooth, then add flour, egg & yolk to form smooth dough
  2. Knead dough lightly, wrap in clingwrap and refridgerate for 30 min until firm.
  3. Roll out between 2 sheets of baking paper to a thickness of 5mm
  4. Cut shapes with cookie cutter and bake for 10-12 min until golden.


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