Monday Morning Cooking Club: Challah
This recipe first appeared in Monday Morning Cooking Club – the food, the stories, the sisterhood (2011). We are so thrilled that we got to share this recipe with over 2500 people at the massive challah bake in Sydney, Australia for the Shabbat Project 2014!
Chanie Wolff, the Rebbetzin from Central Synagogue, Sydney, was kind enough to share her mother in law Sonia’s much loved recipe: “Baking your own challah on a Friday is a special mitzvah (spiritual good deed) for Jewish women. I double the recipe and, before plaiting, remove a small piece of the dough and say this blessing, ‘Baruch ata adonai, elohaynu melech ha’olam asher kideshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu al afrashat chala.’ This is symbolic of the days of the temple and brings blessing to the home and family.”
To start, pinch the six strands together at the top and tuck under.
Take the two outside strands and (starting with the left) cross them to the opposite side.
Take the first from the right and place it in the middle.
Then start the mantra:
Second from the left across
First from the left to the middle
Second from the right across
First from the right to the middle
Repeat until the plait is finished.
Pinch the ends of the strands together and tuck under.
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