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:…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Tip: Crunchy Challah Bottoms-Crunchy Challah Bottoms Line your baking tray with parchment baking paper. To keep it from moving around, spray your tray lightly with a bit of water first and only then put on the paper. It will stay put that way without making your tray oily. Sprinkle a wide line of sesame seeds directly onto one…
Sweet Challah Toppings-Sweet Challah Toppings Sweet crumble topping 100 grams marg 1/2 cup white sugar 1 cup flour 1 tsp. cinnamon Crumble it together until it’s, well, crumbs. If too mushy, add more sugar another 2 Tablespoons and a bit more flour. Recrumble. If it is too dry, add a bit more margarine. I try not to…
The Best Way to Freeze and Defrost Challah-What is the best way to freeze and defrost challah? This is a great question. Before freezing, I recommend completely cooling the challah so that the hot, steamy bottom won’t freeze with accumulated moisture, which will make the underside of the bread soggy. When your challahs come out of the oven all hot and beautiful,…
How to Get Your Challahs to Bake More Evenly-How to Get Your Challahs to Bake More Evenly Get the perfect consistency for your challah. First step in doing this is to preheat the oven so that the temperature is even before you put your risen challahs inside. If you plan to put your challahs in after they have risen 40 minutes, then 20…
Tips for Challah: Shaping, Rising, Cooling and more-Tips for challah Texture, shaping, rising, cooling, and storing: The key to successful challahs is not so much in the braiding as in the actual dough. Dough should be firm, yet not hard, pliable but not too wet, very slightly sticky and easy to work with. Using a rolling pin during the shaping process greatly…
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Your recipe Yum, Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies are just the best ever. I doubled the recipe as I do for all my cakes and cookies for Pesach. I also chopped up chocolate instead of using chocolate chips. They are absolutely the best ever. I know my children and grandchildren will have a field day and want the recipe.
Braid Challah With my Eyes Closed
For years I tried braiding challah with six strands following diagrams and instructions in recipe books, but I could not get the hang of it. UNTIL some years ago when you had an article in Binah that included user-friendly diagrams and instructions. After successfully managing using the paper a number of times, I can now do it almost with closed eyes! Not only have you enhanced our Shabbos but you have also boosted my confidence!
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The highlight of my trip was your challah class. I have already embarked on making challah for the first time-myself!
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Consistently Soft and Tasty
I love your challah book because it's so beautifully produced, and so inviting. Your challah recipe is excellent, consistently soft and tasty - amazing considering it has no eggs. My sister tasted it at my house and became converted ... she switched her challah recipe for mine!
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Stirring Up Recipes with my Grandson!
Thank you for the new release Let My Children Cook. I have just the grandson to share it with. One of our grandsons, Liam is 5 years old and I'm sure he will enjoy some "grandma time" in the kitchen with this new cookbook! …We will let you know what we stir up in the kitchen later this month.
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My Biggest Hits
Thank you so much for the cookbook. I enjoyed it a lot and everything I made came out great. My biggest hit was the stuffed pumpkin squash and the potato kugel with the meat inside!!!
Love Your Cookies!
We love your basic cookie recipe coated in crushed peanuts that came up in Hamodia!
Sheindel, Melbourne, Australia
Such a Lovely Thing
This is such a lovely thing that you're doing, Tamar – ממש מזכה את הרבים! I'm not terribly surprised, you do that quite frequently. And it's an opportunity for me to express my sincere appreciation as one of the "רבים" who benefit from your creative initiatives- Yasher Kochaich.
My Grandson’s Favorite
I've been making your non-gebroks butternut squash kugel and mushroom quiches since they first appeared. The squash dish is my grandson's favorite, and with my daughter now gluten free, it's been appearing ever more often! Chag sameach and keep up the good work!
Barbara, New Jersey
Everything Came Out Great
I want to thank you so much for the Pesach cookbook. I enjoyed it a lot and everything I made came out great. My biggest hits were the stuffed pumpkin squash and the potato kugel with the meat inside!!!
Muffins How They are Meant to be
I am thrilled with your recipe for Pesach Applesauce Muffins. My daughters usually comment “you reduce the sugar and change the recipe so its not how its meant to be.” I didn’t have to this time, it is all wholemeal flour and so wholesome. Miss Critical goes for them whenever she misses a meal! Thank you so much and keep these healthy recipes coming.
Sheindel, Melbourne, Australia
WOW, a New Challah Life!
Ive had your book for years BUT I just started following your directions exactly and WOW a new challah life!!! I’ve been making challah for 21 years or more, thank you so much!! I so wasn’t going to do the rolling pin part, but i did and WOW again!!!
Denise, Philadelphia, PA
Three Generations Enjoying Challah
I bought two of your challah cookbooks and I gave one to my daughter. Well, here is a picture of my twin grandchildren reaching for the bread we baked. They kept trying to grab the bread and saying "hot" as we snapped pictures! They will be 2 years old in September. Enjoy the photos.
Doesn’t Taste Like Pesach Food
I like the Tamar Ansch book *Pesach: Anything's Possible!* My daughter can't tolerate gluten, so I use many of the recipes during the year. The chocolate chip cookies are AMAZING! This is a Pesach cookbook with excellent recipes, easy ingredients that you already have, aren't an extra potchka, and don't taste like Pesach food!
A Treasure and a Wonderful Treat
Your Pesach Anything's Possible Cookbook ended up being a treasure. I made at least 6 different recipes from this sensational book over Pesach and have yet to try out quite a few more recipes.
I bought MANY MANY cookbooks and subscribe to many cooking magazines and mailing lists but I have NEVER encountered a cookbook whose every page had a new recipe that just demanded to be tried .
I'm sticking to my words- what a treasure and wonderful treat this book has turned out to be. I am an absolute FAN !!
A Memorable Challah Show
Thank you sooooo much for the challah show tonight. My kids loved you and my grandchildren will remember you for a long time... May HaShem bless you and yours with many smachot in good health and with good mazal.