Friday, September 18, 2009

Tutorial: Making the Traditional Round Challah

This is practically in real time... here is my earliest riser making challah with his mommy this morning. :)

L'Shanah Tovah! It is Rosh HaShanah, the new year (see the post I did last year explaining the holiday, here and Missi's post here, lots over very cute pics of her kids blowing shofars!). Jews all over the world will be celebrating and with it, beginning the new cycle of Torah readings for the year. The round challah bread pictured above is the traditional Rosh HaShanah loaf. Why not make some with your children today? See my recipe here and follow the pictures. What fun!

Take your risen dough strands

and roll them out gently as long as possible.

When you go to shape the dough, the raisins will all be well hidden inside and will be delicious when the challah is sliced open.

If you intend to add raisins to your Rosh HaShanah challahs, place them all around the flat piece of rolled out dough and then roll it up.

Do this with four pieces of dough until they are all about the same length. Lay the pieces out in front of you, tic-tac-toe style.

Each strand should be placed in opposite directions; one side is over/under, the next row is then under/over. There should now be 4 sets of 2 strands each coming out from the four sides of the woven middle, one under and one over in each set.

From each set, pick up the one that was “under” and pull it over its partner, thereby placing each of these “unders” over their corresponding partner, in a clockwise rotation. Practically speaking, this means that the left piece of each set will be placed over the right piece of each set.

When this rotation is done, work in the opposite direction, clockwise. What was formerly the right piece, will now go over the left piece in the counter clockwise direction; the pieces are not yet next to each other as they are still apart from the first rotation; pull them close to each other and bring the right piece, i.e. the one you did not touch in the first rotation, over the left piece of the neighboring strand.

To finish, pinch each set of two ends together firmly, then bring all four sets together towards the center.

Now comes the really fun part: carefully flip over your challah and look!

(I wish I could say that all of those beautiful pictures were from my kitchen, but alas, my challah is not yet done. This was taken from

Happy (Biblical!!!) Holidays to you and yours,

1 comment:

Maureen said...

Wow! I am impressed!!! I was going to make rolls today, and that is in a whole different league ;-) Hope you have a great weekend!!!