September 9, 2015

Challah Bread Technique

Challah 12

Some recipes are best kept within the family; especially if that recipe is for the best challah bread, ever.  For as long as I can remember, my Aunt Sharon has been responsible for baking challah for family events, be it a holiday, wedding, bar or bat mitzvah.  This year, she has passed her recipe on to me.

Challah is a soft, sweet bread typically eaten to celebrate the Sabbath (the seventh day of the Hebrew calendar week).  Although braided most of the year, it’s traditional to eat challah in round form during high-holy days to represent the ‘circle of life’.  

It took me a couple of tries to get my Aunt Sharon’s recipe right, and there is still room for improvement.  My goal is to achieve perfectly fluffy on the inside, crunchy on the outside challah every time I bake it.

Although our challah is one of those ‘secret’ family recipes I talked about, I’m still willing to share some tips I’ve learned with the help of my aunt and some good old fashioned research.

Challah 1

Challah 2

Challah 3

Challah 5

Challah 6

Challah 7

Challah 10

Challah 11

L’shanah tovah! 

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