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how does one "take challah?"

Helene Feb 15, 2004 07:06 AM

I want to bake my own challah, but I was told that I have to be sure to "take challah." How do I do that?

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    sabra Feb 15, 2004 09:58 AM

    After the dough has risen, before you form into your challah, take a fistful of dough, hold it over the bowl and say - baruch atah '' elohanu melech haolam asher kidishanu bimitzvohtv vitzivanu lehafresh challah. You only need to take challah if you used over 2lbs. 10oz, of flour.

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    1. re: sabra
      Emet Feb 15, 2004 07:23 PM

      Dont forget to put it away after.

      You should put that portion of dough in a container to burn later. If its not possible to burn, then it should double wrapped and dicarded.

      1. re: Emet
        RachelMolly Feb 16, 2004 10:00 PM

        If you happen to have access to the Spice and Spirit cookbook (purple, hardcover), they have a great explanation in the beginning of the book. Additionally, there are a variety of diagrams for braiding, including up to 6 strand braids.

        1. re: RachelMolly
          elane Apr 26, 2004 06:12 PM

          spice and spirit will walk u through the process. use high glueten flour or bread flour. someone also mentioned early taking a fistfull of dogh. i was told to take a 'kaziet' --size of an egg and in my neighborhood don't know of anyone takeing that much. if you burn it in your house it will smell badly. i double wrap it keep it on my windowsile for a few days an a reminder to do mitzvot then dispose of it. i have a friend who burns it on the grill outside.

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      Zev Sero Feb 17, 2004 12:31 PM

      This applies not just to challah (the shabbat bread) but to any bread, cookies, or cake with a solid dough.

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