Monday, April 21, 2014

Tribes A Dozen Voilà! Hallah Bread Review

If you like making your own breads, then I have some really awesome bread mixes for you to try from Tribes A Dozen and they are the Voilà! Hallah Bread Mixes!
I was sent three varieties of Voilà! Hallah:
  • Traditional Egg Bread Mix
  • Wholey Wheat Egg Bread Mix
  • Simply Spelt Egg Bread Mix

I am going to have to confess that I am a lousy bread maker! I can't even make homemade biscuits. I don't know why because I make the most awesome cakes, cookies and desserts but for some odd reason, I am really bad at pies and bread. Never have been able to make either one unless the pie is one of those that you just pour something into an already made pie crust. I guess I should back up and say I am awful at pie crust, not pies themselves. And do you know why? It's the bread thing!

Anyway, I figured with a bread mix, it can't possibly go wrong? Right? Well, it did. I tried the Traditional Egg Bread Mix and well, it's not pretty. It tastes okay, but it looks awful. I have no earthly idea what I did but somehow if there was a way to mess up a bread mix, I did it!

Brief Description of this bread:
For those asking “what is hallah (challah) bread,” our Traditional is the classic egg bread baked at home for generations around the world. This blend of carefully selected premium ingredients bakes into a fragrant Hallah, a nourishment for the soul as much as the body.
Details of all the Bread Mixes:

  • Kosher, OU - Certified, Non-Dairy
  • All Natural, Premium Ingredients, Yeast packet included
  • Makes a delicious 1 large loaf of braided or pan Hallah, or 8 Hallah rolls
  • Shelf life-18 mos.
  • Manufactured in a tree nut, peanut-free facility

  • Ingredients:

    Unenriched wheat flour, unbleached enriched wheat flour (niacin, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, folic acid, malted barley flour), turbinado sugar, sea salt, and organic flavor


    Stand mixer, dry mix, yeast, warm water, eggs, vegetable oil, rest, shape- braided or pan bread, rise, bake. May be prepared by bread machine- 1.5 lb. May be prepared with wooden spoon and by hand.

    Now, how in the heck I got the bread to look like that is beyond me! It doesn't look anything like the bread on the box, but like I said, it tastes pretty good, especially with some butter on top of it, but it's not very pretty. And like I said, I have family and friends who beg me to make their cakes, cookies and desserts so this was pretty humiliating.
    So, I decided not to massacre the other two bread mixes and I gave one each to two of my friends and they are going to let me know when they make them and they will take some pictures and I will come back and update this post. Because I want you to see how pretty they really can be when you don't mess them up!
    This one is pretty much almost the same as the Traditional Egg Bread Mix other than it has different ingredients and a different taste. I know when my friend, Lynette, makes this bread, Simply Spelt, it will come out beautifully. She makes the best biscuits so I am not worried that she will succeed where I failed. I gave this one to her because Lynette is like me in that she has trouble with carbs and I thought this would be the perfect bread mix for her.
    Description of Simply Spelt Bread:
    Bread made from Spelt, a superior whole grain with more than 30% more protein than wheat, is gentle on the digestive tract. Its high protein content is good for vegetarian diets. Spelt’s low glycemic index — a slower breakdown of its carbohydrates — makes it suitable for people with diabetes. Consult your healthcare provider for any special dietary needs.
    Our Simply Spelt is made from organic ancient whole grain Spelt flour. Spelt’s natural high content of fiber, vitamins, and minerals – combined with its unique, subtly sweet, nutty flavor — makes our Simply Spelt nutritious and delicious.

    Organic whole grain spelt flour, brown sugar, turbinado sugar, sea salt, and organic flavor. Active dry yeast packet included.
    This one, the Wholey Wheat I gave to my other friend who loves baking bread, Brenda. I figure between her and Lynette, they will make these last two breads beautifully and I won't feel like I totally killed all three of them. 
    Description of Wholey Wheat:
    Nourishing and delicious, our Wholey Wheat is made from premium organic whole grain wheat flour. It bakes into a honey infused Hallah loaf rich with old-world authenticity.
    Organic whole grain wheat flour, brow sugar, turbinado sugar, sea salt, and organic flavor.

    You guys know that normally am very ticky about my reviews and I try to give you good idea's and pictures of what they should look like or taste like and I know this one wasn't what I had hoped it would be. I can't believe that I let a box of bread mix get the better of me, but in my defense, I haven't felt good the last 2 months. I didn't want these breads to sit here too long and not do some type of review but when the first one failed on me, I was determined that the last two boxes would get a better shot of making it, so for the first time in a very long time, I handed something over to my friends so that later on, I can come back and show you how they should look.

    Don't let my experience discourage you from trying these bread mixes. I really am a very lousy bread maker and if you are good at it, then you won't have any problems with these mixes. Really and truly, I think it was definitely me and not the bread mixes.
    About Tribes A Dozen:
    I’m a traditionalist at heart. I’ve always baked from scratch, even as a child growing up in Israel. I just loved the experience of baking; it helped me feel connected to family, traditions, and gave me a sense of wellbeing. 
    I grew up into a thoroughly modern woman with a busy professional and family life, wearing so many hats – wife, mother, lawyer, volunteer. Over the years, I lapsed into being an ‘occasional baker’ – only on holidays and birthdays would I tie my apron strings. I felt a bit guilty about that, but figured something had to give. We sometimes sacrifice what’s meaningful to serve what’s practical and efficient. 
    Then, after a health crisis, I began baking Hallah each week for Shabbat dinner. It was then that I experienced firsthand the healing power of baking bread. When I shared the Hallah I baked (my ‘healing Hallah’), I saw the joy on my family’s, friends’, and neighbors’ faces, and I wanted to give more of that into the world. The experience of breaking bread together — beautifully crafted, nourishing, wholesome bread — satisfies a deep urge in us to connect to something we have lost or given up.
    Tribes A Dozen is having a $100 WalMart Giveaway on their Facebook. Here are some details on how it works:
    Take a picture of the Tribes-A-Dozen Voila! Hallah display @ your local Walmart. You will find it on the Kosher shelf. Get creative....We will reward the most creative picture that you post on our Facebook page with a $100 WalMart Gift Card. The contest is valid from April 2, 2014 to May 2, 2014. Share this post with your Facebook friends! We will post the winner's name on our facebook page. To find out if you won, like our Facebook page.
    Connect with Tribes A Dozen:

    Mailing Address
    Customer Service
    PO Box 42063
    Washington, DC 20015
    (Toll Free) 866.930.3406 ** Fax:  202.684.8256

    Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.


    Wendy Fortie said...


    Gala said...

    I really would love to try Simply Spelt bread, because it's a new and unique bread for me

    lil_lady_dz said...
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    lil_lady_dz said...

    I would like to try the Traditional Egg Bread Mix most of the three. (Nicole Dziedzic:

    E.E. said...

    Challah is one of my favorite breads. I'd like to try the Traditional mix.

    lil_lady_dz said...

    commented on InstaNatural Vitamin C Serum & Phytoceramides Review with name lil_lady_dz (Nicole dziedzic)

    Rodney Jackson said...

    I would love to try the traditional.

    Kathy said...

    Kathleen Quinlan

    Kristen said...

    I think I'd like the Egg Bread best.

    Catie said...

    I think I would like the Simply Spelt!

    adrienne warren said...

    traditional for me, though they all look great

    Cyndi F said...

    well they all look so good it's hard to choose one but the spelt is somthing differnt so i will say that one, but i really want to try them all i love bread!!! thank you so much

    mommyyof2babies said...


    Patricia P. said...

    I'd like to try the traditional. My maternal grandmother was Jewish, and my cousin make Challah from scratch.
    Can't let her be the only one.

    Gala said...

    Left a comment on "Doon. Book review", as gala

    Teresa Thompson said...

    I would like to try the traditional.