Chocolate Olive Oil Challah with Sea Salt

by Shoshana on April 23, 2014 · 10 comments

I have to admit I really do not mind Passover food. We tend not to eat that many grains regularly so the food we eat during the week of Passover really isn’t that different from the rest of the year. I like the creativity it takes to make desserts taste great without grains and, I […]



Fig, Olive Oil, and Sea Salt Challah

by Shoshana on January 14, 2014 · 11 comments

This Thursday is Tu B’shevat, the Jewish New Year of the Trees. It is traditional to celebrate Tu B’shevat by planting trees and enjoying the seven species of fruits and grains of the Land of Israel mentioned in the Bible. This year our synagogue has a bunch of fun Tu B’shevat activities planned throughout shabbat, […]



Rainbow Challah

by Shoshana on October 17, 2012 · 24 comments

This week in the weekly cycle of the Torah readings we read the story of Noach. God plans to destroy the earth with a flood and instructs Noah to take his family and a least two of each animal onto the ark to save them. After the flood God designates the rainbow as a symbol […]



Six Strand Challah Braid Tutorial

by Shoshana on October 15, 2012 · 19 comments

Now that the season for making round challah is over I wanted to post a video tutorial for making a six strand challah braid. I found that colored dough worked very well in my woven challah tutorial so I decided to do the same for a six strand braid. This six strand braid is the […]



Round Woven Challah Tutorial

by Shoshana on September 7, 2012 · 32 comments

One of the most iconic symbols of Rosh Hashana, besides the shofar and apples and honey, is the round challah. The circular shape of the challah symbolizes the cyclical nature of the year and the challah is often dipped in honey before eating to symbolize a sweet new year. I make mine even sweeter with […]



Holiday Challah

by Shoshana on October 4, 2011 · 6 comments

These are the challot I made for Rosh Hashanah this year. Because things were busy I didn’t have a chance to post them until now, but since my family tradition is to eat these festive challot all the way from the New Year through the harvest holiday of Sukkot there is still plenty of time […]



No Stress Challah

by Shoshana on November 17, 2009 · 6 comments

When people ask me for my challah recipe I don’t have a quick easy answer. I have my favorite challah recipe which is the one my family made when I was growing up. That is the recipe I always have to use for my holiday challah. It is a bit of a timing challenge because […]



Rosh Hashana Challah

by Shoshana on October 7, 2008 · 0 comments

This year I didn’t have a chance to make challah for Rosh Hashana and we were stuck eating slightly stale store bought challah to usher in the New Year. Since in my family we eat sweet round challah throughout the holiday season, and my parents were in town this weekend, it seemed like the perfect […]