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Challah Baking and Eating #SOL20

Ari helped for a few minutes.

This morning, Ari and Zayde worked together (Mostly Zayde.) to bake a gluten-free raisin challah for Shabbat. Since the recipe made one challah and six challah rolls, I had the chance to sample one of the rolls in advance of Shabbat.

It. Was. Delicious.

Seeing as I haven’t baked gluten-free challah in over a year (I buy regular challah for my family and gluten-free oat rolls for myself.), I was delighted to have a gluten-free challah baked for me tonight. So, prior to the Motzi, which is the Jewish blessing over the bread, I made an announcement to my kids.

Look at how gorgeous the challah looked when it came out of the oven.

“Rather than mugging the challah from the top tonight, I would like you to tear pieces from the side.”

Isabelle and Ari gave me looks that made me feel like they weren’t going to respect my wishes. (You know that defiant, I’m-going-to-do-whatever-I-want-to-do look!) I thought about pulling out the this-is-the-first-dinner-I’ve-eaten-downstairs-in-three-weeks card, but decided that would be a little much. Besides, they’re nine and three… my feelings have little bearing on their behavior.

“I’m serious. Don’t mug the challah!” (“Mugging the challah” is what I call it when the kids grab a piece of challah from the top of the loaf rather than removing a piece gently from the side so others can slice the leftover challah for French toast the following morning.)

Isabelle recited the Motzi, removed the challah cover, and began handing out the pieces calmly. But, then, Ari lurched towards the challah plate and grabbed a piece off of the top.

Lurching for Challah

“Hey!” Isabelle yelled.

“May I have a piece?” I asked.

No one answered. The kids were too busy tearing off pieces of the challah as if they were ravenous animals. So, I reached over and helped myself to a piece of challah, which was airy and sweet.

23 thoughts on “Challah Baking and Eating #SOL20

      1. Mine is GF. For a regular one, go to Smitten Kitchen. Deb and I grew up together. I adore her recipes and am confident her challah recipe will be amazing. (Though I’ve never personally tasted it.)

  1. I admire you for asking and I really admire Isabelle for listening. I’m glad you had a gluten free challah and that Isabelle recited the Motzi. And I love your last line – airy and sweet, indeed. What a great first meal downstairs!

    1. Yes, for a few minutes life felt incredibly normal. The routine of Shabbat is so grounding for the kids. This morning we’ll be streaming services from my old synagogue in NYC.

  2. This slice put me right at the table with you. Thanks for sharing. Next time: perhaps *two* challahs, one Sabbath loaf and the other as secret French-toast stash!

  3. Glad you made it downstairs! Your humorous line, “tearing off pieces as if ravenous animals” had me smiling and remembering my preschool grandchlidren tearing ravenously into homemade pizza last night.

  4. You last line had me drooling and almost tasting the challah. Thank you for sharing your traditions with us all! We need traditions in this ever changing time.

  5. That bread sounds delicious! I love the beautiful memories you create with your kids around baking. Those joy-filled memories are planted in them somewhere deep inside. It’s so nice to hear you are able to be in the kitchen with them. I hope not in too much pain.

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