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20080727-147 -5- Barb's Homemade Challah

Challah, fresh out of the oven.

Challah' is a braided bread. It is usually a bit sweeter or more decorative than regular bread and often used to celebrate holidays, especially Shabbat. Most challah is a white, egg bread, but that is not necessary. The basic ingredients are flour, water, sugar (or honey), eggs, oil, salt and yeast. Challah is often glazed with egg and may have other special ingredients, such as raisins or poppy seeds. Other variations include the number of pieces that are braided -- commonly 3 or 6 and the shape. While most challah is basically a straight braid, for special occasions, some will braid it into a loop or circle or create a double braid.

The term challah comes from the piece of each bread loaf that sacrificed and given to the priests in the days of the Temple. Some still throw out or burn a piece of the dough in remembrance.

Wintergreen Shabbat

Challah with wine and candles.

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