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For Kippur, this Saturday, brave Manuel and I have fasted, as you know, for 25 hours, repenting very much for our shortcomings, particularly waiting impatiently for the end of the fast.
What do you eat at the end of a 25-hour fast? The first answer is “anything edible you come across”, possibly including the arm of the person praying next to, if necessary.
Tripoli Jews like me, usually end up fasting by eating bulo, which despite the uninviting name is a delicious bread with raisins, whose recipe is handed down from generation to generation, from mother to daughter.
- 500 g of flour
- 25 g of fresh yeast
- 50 g of sugar
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 200 g of water
- 1 egg (plus some egg yolk to brush the rolls)
- 50 g of light oil
- raisins or chocolate chips to taste
- Dissolve yeast and a teaspoon of sugar in the warm water in a large bowl; then add the flour a little at a time, the rest of the sugar, the oil, the salt and the egg, kneading vigorously with your hands (if you have a KitchenAid use the kneading attachment, use the mixer at speed 2, and enjoy the show) .
- Let the dough thus obtained rise for an hour, until almost doubled in volume, then work it again, and add the raisins (previously soaked and floured). As an alternative to raisins, which normally children, like me, do not like, the bulo can be made with chocolate chips.
- Divide the dough into rolls and let the dough rise, placed on a baking sheet already covered with parchment paper, for another hour; when the rolls are well leavened, brush them with egg yolk, and place them in the oven.
- The rolls must remain in the oven at 180°C for 10-12 minutes, then at 160°C for another 5-10 minutes. Keep an eye on the oven, because the bulo must not become too dark (let's say more or less the color of sponge cake).
Obviously, as you guess from the picture, it is customary to enjoy the bulo with a cup of tea. Any mother in Tripoli, in fact, brings to the synagogue not only the bulo for her family and for all friends, but also two large thermoses of tea or coffee to lift spirits after the long fast.