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Tonight's challah

slothbear's picture

Tonight's challah

  my standard challah for company.  1/3 King Arthur white whole wheat, 1/4 c dark flax seed meal.

Since my husband is out of town, I fished for a Shabbos invitation at a close friend's house. He was going to be out all day, so I volunteered to bake the challah. I haven't made one for them before, and I always do a six-strand loaf for my debut. It has about 1/3 King Arthur white whole wheat, and 1/4 c dark flax seed meal.


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Rosalie's picture

Absolutely gorgeous challah, slothbear.

My father used to buy "twist bread" at a deli in Schenectady, NY (1950s and 60s).  It was a year-round treat for us (and we are not Jewish).  We loved to tear off chunks.  Sliced, it was not the same.


Marni's picture


I've been making challah for years and cannot get mine to hold their shape.  My friends have the same problem. What's your secret?  Is does the six strand give more height?  I just do three. It looks delicious!


Paddyscake's picture

 I find it hard to get my strands symmetrical..that' one's just gorgeous!

slothbear's picture

I've been making the family challah for about a year now. It takes some practice -- especially since I change the recipe almost every week.

Paddyscake: I think the symmetry is an illusion. All of the strands were different lengths and thicknesses. I did try to stretch the shorter ones out a bit as I braided, just tugging, but it doesn't always work.

Marni: The strands hold their shape better when the dough is very stiff. As I'm rolling it (in hands or on the board), it needs no extra flour, and even feels a little dry. One recipe I saw today recommended dusting the strands with flour before braiding, but I've never tried that.

Rosalie: I agree, pulling off chunks is better. Sometimes I'll take a loaf to a family that only does slices (even for the blessing!), and it always seems so formal.

WillieB: I belive each member owns their own content (check the bottom of the page). I'm sure you could get away with using stuff on your own desktop. You should definitely ask before using content for flyers or anything non-personal. For my stuff, you're welcome to put it on the desktop, in flyers, Times Square lightboard, whatever you want. If you make millions with it, I'd appreciate a cut.

holds99's picture

Picture perfect with beautiful braid.

Howard - St. Augustine, FL