About the Parsha
In BeHa’alotecha we read about the Jewish people traveling through the desert. They begin to complain about the Mann (manna) they are given to eat, saying that they prefer meat. In response, Hashem (G-d) sends them an abundance of quail to eat.
About the Dessert
Ironically, as the people complained about the manna (which is supposed to be some form of dough) and wanted meat, these “quail” are in fact made out of dough… 🙂
Make a batch of babka dough (recipe here).
Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thickness.
Spread a thin layer of chocolate frosting (or spray with oil, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar).
Cut long rectangles, about 6 inches in width.
Beginning at the long edge, roll each rectangle into a long “snake” shape. Seal the edges to avoid leaks.
A technique for shaping the birds can be found here.
Twist the snake into a “knot” with one end poking out the top (for the head) and one end sticking out the bottom (for the tail).
After baking and cooling, add eyes using dots of melted chocolate, and beaks using halved raw almonds adhered with melted chocolate.