I made challah today, following a recipe I’ve used several times before (here). It came out beautifully, but didn’t rise enough. I’ll have to figure something else out next time. For now, though, this will have to do.

My family is Jewish, and challah was everpresent at synagogue on Saturday mornings. Round challah with raisins was a special favorite for Rosh Hashanah, the new year. It lends itself well to sandwiches, or just being slathered in honey. But my favorite is French toast. I can’t wait to share this with my friends on Friday.

Making challah is fun and easy. It takes all day, but most of it is hands-off, and it’s worth it. Mixing and kneading takes up all of 15 minutes, and then the rest is 3 separate risings, during which you can do chores, cook the rest of your meal, or read. It would certainly be easier with a stand mixer, but until I get one…