Science Thursday Vol. 6: Apple & Honey Challah Doughnuts – Supporting Easter Seals House


Sorry we missed last month.  If you saw the sign at the bakery you knew were dealing with a family emergency.  So thanks for being patient with us.

This week we are making apple and honey challah doughnuts.  Challah is:


also, it’s often made with eggs so it’s a nice rich dough. Trust me it makes tasty doughnuts.


We are working to support Easter House.



As lovely as it is to have an organization like Easter Seals House that works to make sure a family can stay near loved ones while they are in the hospital I earnestly believe we shouldn’t need this charity to exist.

Many of us don’t realize the burden of medical travel until we are faced with it.  We know that we are fortunate that our government covers our necessary medical expenses and we assume they’ll help if we need to travel to see specialists or because our community lacks the level of care we require.  It’s true our government does help a bit if we need to travel for medical reasons.  They’ll give us $75 a day and a certain amount for travel expenses (flights if needed, or 30 cents per kilometer if we drive).

Though it’s great our government makes some efforts to care for us, it doesn’t mean that we as citizens shouldn’t work to make things even better.  We often just sit back and think, “At least we’re not American,” and feel proud of our universal health care, but being better than our neighbour to the south and being as great as we could be are not the same thing.  We could be better at caring for people in communities that have to come to Whitehorse for care, and for our own locals who have to travel outside.  $75 a day doesn’t cover accommodation in Whitehorse, let alone a stay in Vancouver.  Add food costs to that and we are pricing many of our citizens out of access to their medical care. This is beyond unacceptable.  

Also, none of these allowable expenses include having someone come with you.  Now I understand, if I have to fly down to Vancouver for an allergy test, I really don’t need to have someone come with me and there should be no expectation of government assistance because I want to bring a buddy.  However, there are quite a few situations where, though it may not be medically necessary to bring an escort, it is emotionally necessary.  If a child is ill, both parents should be able to go with them despite it not being strictly medically necessary.  You should never find yourself staring down the cruel road of a critical illness or the pain of surgical recovery while also aching to see a familiar face that might comfort you.  If you are in an accident, you should not wake up alone in a strange hospital because no one could afford to fly down and be with you.  This should not ever happen, and families should never find themselves faced with overwhelming financial burden just so they can be with a family member in need.  

We can do better and we should be actively working to do better.  

I understand that government coffers are not infinite and that taxes only stretch so far, but it doesn’t take too close an examination to start seeing things in territorial budgets that could be more wisely spent. Everyone that works for the government, both in elected office and in the public sector, it is your job to do your best as guardians of our tax dollars to work effectively, efficiently and to never waste a cent on things you don’t need (extra parking spaces, larger offices, etc) because your neighbors, friends and fellow citizens are trusting and relying on you to do what’s best for them. 

Also, I am happy to pay a higher percentage of taxes to increase the level of care that is provided to my neighbours and myself.  We are a community and it is our job to look out for each other.  Sometimes that means paying a good chunk of your income into taxes so that people who are less fortunate can be given the assistance that will let them have the quality of life that, quite frankly, we all deserve.

Side note for anyone in government that may be reading:

I’m also happy to pay for education, social assistance, health care in general, and infrastructure and I’d be happy to give back any of those “tax breaks for small businesses” that I always see advertised every campaign season to see any of those things get the spending they need.  My community needs these things more than I need a break in my taxes.

If you feel the same about our medical travel expenses, please take a minute to contact your representative in the Yukon Legislative Assembly.  If you don’t know who represents you, you can find out by following this link here:

Just click the tab labeled “MLAs by electoral district” then scroll till you find your neighbourhood.  You can then click the name of your representative and it will show you their e-mail and phone number.  If you don’t have time to write something of your own feel free to copy and paste the bolded section above, with a few small changes I think it would work fine as the foundation for a letter.


Now onto the recipe.


41/4 cups flour

2/3 cup warm water

2 1/4 teaspoons yeast

1/2 cup honey

2 eggs

1 egg yolk

1/3 cup oil

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

2 apples peeled and grated

oil for deep frying

1 cup white sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

  1. in a small bowl mix 1/4 cup of the flour with the honey yeast and warm water, let stand five minutes or until yeast blooms
  2. in a mixing bowl sift 4 cups of the flour with the salt
  3. make a well in the center of the flour and add the eggs, yolks, and oil, pour in the activated yeast mixture and stir until you have a shaggy mess
  4. turn out onto a floured surface and knead for ten minutes or until dough becomes smooth and elastic
  5. place the dough under a towel or some cling film, in a clean oiled bowl until it doubles in volume
  6. turn out onto a floured surface and roll it into a long rectangle


  1. place half of the apples in the middle of the dough and fold over one half sealing to make a pocket
  2. place the remaining apples on top of the pocket and fold over the other side of the dough pressing the edges to seal
  3. tun the dough and roll it into another large rectangle,  fold it in three, cover it, and leave it to rise until doubled in volume.


  1. cut the dough into eight equal parts
  2. role each piece into a long rope about a foot long.  (this is much easier to do if you roll the first a bit, let it rest while you go through the other seven and then come back to it, that way each rope gets to rest a bit and they will each stretch further)
  3. cut each rope in three
  4. pinch the end of three pieces together and braid them, pinching the end of the braid to seal it together


  1. heat a bunch of oil  in a pot with very high sides (your oil should not come up past half full in your pot but should be  3-4 inches deep so that the doughnuts can fully submerge) until it reaches 360 (get yourself a deep fry thermometer, then you deep fry all kinds of delicious things at home)
  2. drop your braided dough into the hot oil one at a time, frying each doughnut for 6 minutes flipping them with metal tongs half way through
  3. sit the cooked doughnuts on some paper towel (be sure to compost this after, you should be composting it’s easy and is helping the planet. In fact, if you don’t compost your not allowed to make doughnuts, stop reading and forget all these instructions)
  4. in a large bowl mix together the sugar and the cinnamon
  5. toss the doughnuts in the cinnamon sugar
  6. eat way too many while they are still warm


PRO TIP! do all the steps but the frying the day ahead, keep the little braids wrapped in cling film in the fridge and pull them out about 30 minutes before you heat your oil, that way you can have doughnuts for weekend brunch without having to be awake at an ungodly hour.