Howie’s Challah Baking Zoom Workshop

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Join Howie Herzog in this four part interactive workshop where we will make challah together in our own kitchens. Please come to the workshop from your kitchen with the ingredients ready to go.

  • Part 1:  11:15am – 12:15pm: Make the dough
  • Part 2:  2:00pm – 2:45pm: “Take challah” and braid
  • Part 3:  3:30pm – 3:45pm – In the oven she goes
  • Part 4:  4:15pm – Challah!

Here are the Zoom links for the workshop

Part 1: Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89056836148?pwd=c0p6UzgvTFNjVU9vVVhpUHZXbHB6dz09

  • Meeting ID: 890 5683 6148
  • Password: 024095
  • Regular Dial-in: Call: 1 778 907 2071
  • Meeting ID: 890 5683 6148

Parts 2,3 4: Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86144645372?pwd=bVM4YkRsakRGc0lTM0w5MlYzbFEydz09

  • Meeting ID: 861 4464 5372
  • Password:  788403
  • Regular Dial-in: Call: 1 778 907 2071
  • Meeting ID: 861 4464 5372

Howie’s Challah Recipe

Makes 2 regular loaves

Ingredients:

  • 6 or 7 cups white baker’s (also called hard or strong) flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 4½ teaspoon yeast + 1/3 cup warm water
  • ½ cup neutral vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup boiling water

Preparation:  

  • Part 1
    • Beat eggs
    • Sprinkle yeast in 1/2 cup warm water
    • Mix oil, sugar and salt in large bowl
    • Add boiling water
    • Add yeast and eggs to mixture, leaving a little egg aside for later
    • Add flour ½ cup at a time then knead
    •  Place in warm place (oven heated to 170ºF then turned off will work) for 1 hour
  • Part 2
    • Ritual Option:  Perform “Taking” Challah (see below)
    • Knead, divide and braid into 2 to 4 loaves
    • Return to warm place and let rise for 45 minutes
  • Part 3
    • Brush with egg
    • Bake at 350ºF for 30 minutes
  • Part 4
    • Cool on rack

Taking Challah:

Separate an olive-sized piece of the dough (the “challah“) and roll it into a ball.  Holding the piece of challah, say the blessing:

בָּרוּך אַתָּה יהוה אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֱלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם אֲשֶר קִדְּשֳנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָנוּ לְהַפְרִישׁ חַלָּה מִן הָעִסָּה

Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu l’hafreesh challah min ha’eesah.*

Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the Universe, who has sanctified us with commandments, and commanded us to separate challah.

Hold the piece of dough and say “harei zo challah” (This is challah).

Burn and discard the “challah“.

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An inclusive, warm, and progressive Conservative synagogue in Victoria, B.C.

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