Bread — shaping it, baking it, blessing it and sharing it — is part of almost every Jewish holiday.
The bond among Jews, God and bread goes back to the first five books of the Bible: As the Israelites are about to end their exile, God commands them to show gratitude by setting aside a portion, or “challah,” of all the bread they make after entering the Holy Land.
But nowhere in Jewish scripture is it written that challah is a braided, sweet, yellow, deliciously squishy bread of the kind familiar to most American Jews, which comes from the rich tradition of Eastern European baking.
- 400 gm Refined Flour
- 10 gm Active Dry Yeast
- 15 gm Sugar
- 150 ml Water
- 50 gm Butter
- 10 gm Black Sesame Seeds
- 10 gm Poppy Seeds
- In a mixing bowl collect all the dry ingredients, mix them and add water.
- Knead a soft dough, make sure sugar granules are mixed in the dough completely.
- Once soft dough is ready, add butter to it and start kneading it again. Dough should be soft and gluttony.
- Keep the dough for first proofing, cover it with damped cloth in hot and dry place. Let it rest for 45 minutes.
- Once the dough is doubled it's original size, punch it and remove all the air.
- Divide the dough into three parts, roll long strings and combine them using braiding technique. Roll it into circular shape.
- Let the shaped bread rest for 30 minutes, for second proofing.
- Preheat oven at 210 degrees.
- Once second proofing is done, brush water and salt mixture on top of your bread and sprinkle sesame and poppy seeds.
- Bake your Challah for 20-25 minutes at 210 degrees.
- Once its baked, brush some oil on top of it and let it rest for about 2 hours.Enjoy!