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Questions About Ingredients

  • 2 Substituting Whole Wheat Flour Instead of White Flour - Substituting Whole Wheat Flour Instead of White Flour A frequent question I receive is about replacing white flour in a recipe with whole wheat flour. Here is today’s question from Suri: I have made your challah (from A Taste of Challah cookbook) many times and it’s delicious. How can I tweak it by making whole…
  • 096flourpic.jpg Yeast to Flour Ratio - Yeast to Flour Ratio I have read all your info on yeast, but am still confused!! – I have just bought individual 11g sachets of Instant Dry Yeast (manufacturer Dagan) – how do I use it in my challas????- I look forward to your reply – many thanks, An 11 gram packet is about 2…
  • 2 Types of Whole Wheat Flour - A Word About Types of Whole Wheat Flour There are several types on the market, both in Israel as well as abroad. There is regular, stone ground whole wheat flour which is tasty and healthy, but a much heavier, bran-ny kind of consistency. Then there is something called very finely ground whole wheat flour. It…
  • 2 Whole Wheat Flour, Egg Substitution and Kneading - Hello again! I was about to begin baking my challah using whole wheat flour and without eggs. Your recipe says to put the ingredients into a mixer bowl and knead for ten minutes with a mixer. Do you mean a hand held mixer like I use for cakes? Or only the heavy duty bread machine…
  • egg brushing cropped Yeast: Will the Challah Dough Rise to the Occasion? - WHY Don’t My Challahs Rise???? I attended one of your challah demonstrations which I thought was really good. It really inspired me to make challah in a bigger batch so that I can do the mitzva. I used your recipe that you gave out on a printed card and followed it meticulously but the dough…

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Questions About Techniques

  • challahrecipiedo.jpg How to Make a Smooth & Perfect Challah Dough - How to Make a Smooth & Perfect Challah Dough Beyond the Recipe For many people following a recipe to make good challahs isn’t enough. They need to know how to have that “feel” that really makes a dough from something hard or lumpy into something smooth, elastic and wonderful to work with, something amazing to…
  • ara_1110-keter-third Round Keter Crown Challah for Rosh Hashana: Free Shaping Video - Keter Crown Challah Video Tutorial Follow along as you shape your challahs, and enjoy beautiful, delicious results! Want more round challah shaping video tutorials? Enter your details below for free access to the challah shaping video tutorials. * indicates required Email Address * Country United States of AmericaAaland IslandsAfghanistanAlbaniaAlgeriaAmerican SamoaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua And BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBoliviaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish…
  • 109fatchallahalone.jpg Challah Tip: Fully Risen and Light in Texture - A reader named Esther sent in her favorite of Tamar’s challah tips: I have been baking challahs for more years than I can remember and have tried all sorts of tips light and fluffy. I have tried: Soda water Punching down the dough in the middle of rising Using “meshaper” And many more The winner…
  • 5709 square r 24_05_2012 Special Challah Shape: Two-tone Flower Challahs - Two-tone Flower Challahs I love making these for Shavous. They are so easy to do, look so nice and even come out sort of flower-y shaped. There’s no specific “minhag” to make challahs like a flower for Shavous; it’s rather just something I enjoy doing in honor of Shavous. Make a batch of white dough…
  • iStock_4215817XSmallchallahs&raw.jpg Can I freeze challah dough? - One of the most frequent questions I receive is about freezing challah dough. Can I freeze challah dough? How do I freeze challah dough? People all over the world freeze their challah dough. However, I have found that the dough does not bake the same way once it has been frozen as dough, so I…

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Challah Tips

  • My Challahs Don’t Rise After Shaping - Here’s a common query I get from many of you out there and this time, instead of only responding to the person writing to me, I would like to share it with all of you. The answer to this dough and rising issue is one that I know so many challah bakers need to know:…
  • challahrecipiedo.jpg How to Make a Smooth & Perfect Challah Dough - How to Make a Smooth & Perfect Challah Dough Beyond the Recipe For many people following a recipe to make good challahs isn’t enough. They need to know how to have that “feel” that really makes a dough from something hard or lumpy into something smooth, elastic and wonderful to work with, something amazing to…
  • 109fatchallahalone.jpg Challah Tip: Fully Risen and Light in Texture - A reader named Esther sent in her favorite of Tamar’s challah tips: I have been baking challahs for more years than I can remember and have tried all sorts of tips light and fluffy. I have tried: Soda water Punching down the dough in the middle of rising Using “meshaper” And many more The winner…
  • 2 challahs braids sesame seeds Challah Tip: Ideal Challah Baking Temperature and Time - Ideal Challah Baking Temperature The best baking temperature for *most* challahs is about 190°C / 365-375°F. Ideal Challah Baking Times All times are approximate. Small rolls: 12-15 minutes. Medium sized challahs: 30-35 minutes. Very large challahs vary depending on their exact weight. The average baking time for a challah made with 900 grams – 1…
  • hand pulling off dough 2 (2) Help! Why is my challah crumbly and sticky? - My challah crumbles when we cut it. I don’t know why. This is what I do. I never had any issues with it till now but I changed a few things. I started to use distilled water and self rising flour, maybe one of these is the problem. Not sure. But the challah is so…

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Thoughts About Challah

  • ara_0404 ELC’s Jerusalem Challah Bake Recap Video and Feedback - Enjoy the Emek Learning Center‘s challah bake highlights video to see the night in action! Stories that Touch the Heart Thank you to those who sent me warm words and stories of what you experienced at our grand ELC Jerusalem Challah Bake the week of the Shabbos Project. It was so meaningful to me to…
  • Great Big Jerusalem Challah Bake – Thoughts and Photos - This past Thursday night (Nov. 10, 2016) was one of the highlights of my entire challah demonstration career. I was zocheh to give a challah event – far more than just a demo – in front of around 1,000 women from every walk of life here in Yerushalayim, Ir HaKodesh as part of the worldwide…
  • FF 437 - The History of Challah by Libi Astaire-page-001 (2) The History of Challah - A great treat for you, dear readers! An in depth look at the history of challah by Libi Astaire, published in Mishpacha Magazine. Here’s a short excerpt I found fascinating, as the first appearance of challah in the braided shape we know today: At some point during the 1400s, braided breads using the best available…
  • 1170challahs&flowers.jpg How Did You Come to Know so Much About Challah? - How Did You Come to Know so Much About Challah? A Taste of Challah is a cumulative work of many years of baking and experimenting with challah, yeast doughs, and bread, as well as practice with wide variety of techniques for braiding and shaping the dough. I most certainly did not start off knowing anything…
  • Taste-of-Challah-front-bookcover-croppped-2 Why an Entire Book on Just Challah? - Why an Entire Book on Just Challah? Bread is a staple food item that every person, in every culture, is familiar with. Challah is unique in that it is a bread item – yet it is also, or maybe even more so, a spiritual item. Bread is a staple food item that every person, in…

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