The Foodie Tot Bakes Challah {L’shana Tova 5774}

It’s Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, and this year I had a new helper to make the traditional celebratory round challah. We watched a great video to learn the braiding technique (watch here) and the foodie tot begged to help. It looks like a tangled mess when you finish, but then you flip it over and …. voila! A beautiful round braid. Or, a squid, as the tot called it. What can I say, we keep semi-kosher around here. 😉


In the past I’ve just made a regular braid and twisted it into a circle, but the resulting loaves always came out a little lopsided. Here’s this year’s beauty fresh out of the oven:


I use the challah recipe from Peter Reinhart’s Bread Baker’s Apprentice, with double the sugar to make it extra sweet for Rosh Hashanah. Looking for more Jewish holiday recipes? There’s a great group board on Pinterest. L’shana tova to those celebrating!

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One Response to “The Foodie Tot Bakes Challah {L’shana Tova 5774}”

  1. Sandra Goldstein

    Hi Levine, This photo is so cute! It really looks like she did all the hard work in the kitchen! Thanks for sharing this recipe. Only after seeing it on your blog I remembered how much I love Challah. I remember my grandmother making it when I was a kid many odd years ago. It has this unbeatable flavor that cannot be compared with anything else really, doesn’t it? What do you serve your Challah with Levine? I remember having it with hot chocolate for breakfast as a child but would like to find a new use for it now. Thanks