The release of Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon was serious biz in my house. So serious we had to bake Pokemon Challah in the form of Pokemon Sun and Moon symbols to celebrate.
- The date was circled in red. For weeks my sons counted down the days.
- They debated the relative merits of downloading, vs buying the cartridge.
- They visited fan sites and discussed the preview version of the game they had played at a Nintendo events.
- There was some talk about Z moves and Snorlaxes. An argument or two broke out about “starters” and I was forced to be the tiebreaker. Not knowing any better, I picked Poplio. Mostly because Poplio is super cute. He’s the blue one in the pic below.
And yes, we got the plushies.
My kids were so excited about the release of Pokemon Sun and Moon that they asked to take the day off from school. I said no to that request but I humored them a little. That day they got up at 6am to download the games and that night for our family dinner I made Pokemon Challah, or more correctly, Pokemon Sun and Moon Challah.
I made the dough from my classic Challah in a Kitchen Aid Mixer recipe and then made two rounds with the dough, setting about 1/3 of the remaining dough aside for embellishments. The Sun and Moon symbols are on the game packaging but you can find the images with a quick google search if you want.
For the moon I used a glass and a bowl to cut out the circles. I used the bowl and a knife to cut a circle in the sun and make compass-like notches. Then I rolled out sections of dough for the rays.
I preheated the oven to 365 and let the sun and the moon rise (ha ha!) which in dough form took about 30 minutes. Then I glazed them with a tinted egg-white wash just before baking. I added a few drops of blue food coloring for the blue moon and yellow for the sun.
My kids were pretty delighted and I got to make endless jokes about how I do cool things every once in a blue moon.
It wasn’t my most artistic challah ever but it sure made my kids happy. And it tasted great too.