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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:…

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ELC’s Jerusalem Challah Bake Recap Video and Feedback

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How to Make a Smooth & Perfect Challah Dough

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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…

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Challah Tip: Fully Risen and Light in Texture

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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…

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Challah Troubleshooting: Challah too Doughy in the Middle

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How to Bake Your Challahs Evenly No more doughy middles! Question: “My challahs rise okay and seem to bake fine but when we slice them open they are too doughy or not done enough in the middle. Other times they seem to sag in the center or fall inwards. How do I take care of…

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Home-made Labaneh (similar to Greek Yoghurt )

Home-made Labenah This comes out really more like thick “Greek” yoghurt. Submitted by Laura, a Challah Bytes reader For this I use a combination of ready made yoghurt, gil, eshel, 9% sour cream. I try to keep the fat content of the yoghurt down as much as possible. Of course the higher the fat content…

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Quinoa with Peas and Cranberries

Quinoa with Peas and Cranberries Submitted by Laura, a Challah Bytes reader Ingredients 1 cup uncooked quinoa 2 cups water Salt to taste (I use 3/4 of a teaspoon to one cup uncooked quinoa) 1 small (or medium) onion — depends on how much you like onions 1 tablespoon curry powder — you can use…

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Homemade “American” Cream Cheese

“American” cream cheese Here’s how to make your own. Ingredients 2 containers (comes to 2 cups of sour cream) shamenet (I use ones with less fat) 2 containers leben (equivalent to 2 cups buttermilk) 2 tsp salt Method Mix together. Place a clean dry cloth with clothespins over a large bowl. Pour it all in…

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Special Challah Shape: Two-tone Flower Challahs

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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…

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Cheesecake Petit Fours

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Cheesecake Petit Fours Now here’s something sweet and small that is not your usual boring cookie cake. Ingredients 1 container / 250 grams of soft white Tnuva 5% cheese 6 oz. of bisquitim cookies – you’d have to actually weigh them before you crush them **once it is crushed, it comes out to 1 &…

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