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Bread on a fast day

Yesterday was the 17th of Tammuz, a minor fast day on the Jewish calendar. It might seem like a smart decision to avoid all thoughts of food on a day of abstention, but I went in a different direction and instead made fifteen loaves of challah.

It was clay challah,¬†though. I didn’t have to worry about good smells from the oven or the temptation of little leftover lumps of dough.

15 unbaked challot

This was my first attempt to mass-produce. Of course, mass production is relative when you’re dealing with something like hand-braided miniature challah. Just blending the colors, prepping the dough and dividing the clay into twenty-ounce sections was fairly time-consuming.

And then of course, there was braiding, finishing and painting. Painting is important; who wants raw challah on their doll’s Shabbat table?

15 challot, baked

That’s better.

Now that I know how long it takes to make fifteen challot (answer: most of an afternoon), I can divide the time by fifteen and have a good idea of how long it takes to make a single challah. (Answer: about fifteen minutes. Not bad, I think?)

raw challah and exacto knife


It’s a challah day

Here at Tiny Judaica, I’ve been cooking up a lot of holiday food lately. Of course, there are holidays, and then there are challah days.

Raw challah and a measuring tape

Today is a challah day.

It might seem too early in the week to bake challah. Normally, I’d worry that it would go stale before Shabbat. But when you make your challah out of clay, it stays good forever.

Challah loaf and roll on cutting board

Yep, these will keep for weeks and weeks (and years and years)!