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sallyt Oct 23, 2008 05:08 PM

I'm searching for good challah... And mourning the loss of Diamond Bakery (I ate their challah every single week of my pregnancy!). Can anyone recommend a good challah? I live in West Roxbury, and work in Wellesley, so anywhere close to me, or in between, is ideal. Cheryl Ann's makes good challah, but it's far too sweet for me. I got a loaf from Whole Foods, but it was just ok, and too big and round - I want a braided loaf.


  1. StriperGuy Oct 1, 2009 06:31 PM

    Ohlin's in Belmont is VERY hit or miss, but their Challah, when the have it, it actually pretty darned good. I just et some for dinner.

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      teezeetoo Oct 2, 2009 09:02 AM

      Absolutely not Kupels (only their cream cheese is worth buying, not any of their bread and certainly not their nasty, margarine tasting pastry) - Clear Flour makes an excellent challah. Cheryl Anne's is good though a little sweet for me. My friends like Quebrada(?) in Wellesley but I haven't tasted it yet so can't confirm.

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      bfk Sep 29, 2009 07:27 PM

      Another vote for Kupel's in Brookline. Consistently good Challah.

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        eguyinnyc Nov 12, 2008 11:11 AM

        have it shipped to you from Barney Greengrass down in NYC. get a bobka while you are at it.

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          StriperGuy Sep 4, 2009 10:53 AM

          Challah should be eaten fresh. Ordering on line just does NOT do the trick.

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            CookieLee Sep 25, 2009 06:46 AM

            I often ship myself to BG. Yes, it's expensive, but it's so much like the places from my childhood, I can't resist. And, I'm proud to say, my progeny chose it for the site for his college graduation celebratory luncheon!

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            sallyt Oct 26, 2008 10:59 AM

            Thanks for all of your replies! Per the recs, I got some challah at Rosenfeld's, and it was DELICIOUS. I used most of it for an egg/bread souffle, which was appreciably better than when I made it with the challah from Whole Foods. Now I'll have to go on a challah taste test...

            Thanks again --

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              robertlf Oct 25, 2008 06:37 PM

              I had some really excellent Challah bread recently from the Hi-Rise Bread Co. in Cambridge. Highly recommended.

              BTW - I also tried a new product from them - a panettone, an Italian sweet bread with candied fruits. It was good but needed more candied fruit and was more cake like than bread like. If you buy one, let me recommend that you eat it with Marscapone cheese!

              208 Concord Ave
              Cambridge, MA 02138-1335
              Phone: (617) 876-8766

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                cheesenose Oct 25, 2008 09:43 AM

                Blackers Bakeshop in Newton is the best challah i've ever had by far. But i've never been to Rosenfeld's...

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                  emilief Oct 24, 2008 09:48 AM

                  Quebrada in Wellesly makes challah on certain days of the week- call and they will tell you when or look online. It is braided but not traditional as it has some whole wheat flour in it. I prefer Cheryl Ann's which BTW is sold at Dewars Butcher Shop in Wellesley (too bad you don;t like it but it is great toasted). The Cheese Shop in Wellesley sometimes carries an excellent challah which is not as sweet as Cheryl Ann's- not sure where they get it but it is quite good.

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                    cheesehead in recovery Oct 24, 2008 10:07 AM

                    Rosenfelds... the best by far

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                      okra Oct 27, 2008 11:27 AM

                      I third Rosenfelds... tiny store on the days they have it, crowded with racks of challah... you might call before going.

                      Rosenfeld Bagel Co
                      1280 Centre St, Newton, MA

                      1. re: okra
                        veggielover Sep 30, 2009 11:37 AM

                        I also prefer Rosenfeld's for challah, particularly the whole wheat challah.

                        I used to get my challah from Quebrada when I worked in the Metrowest area. Quebrada is located in Wellesley.

                  2. peregrine Oct 24, 2008 07:33 AM

                    Good recs already.
                    Just to let you know that the round challah is seasonal, for the New Year and related holidays. The braided ones are back by now.

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                      Velda Mae Oct 24, 2008 04:46 AM

                      Clear Flour in Brookline makes an excellent challah. It's available after 10 a.m. on Fridays. It's braided and available plain or with sesame seeds or poppy seeds. I also liked the challah from Blue Frog bakery in JP.

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                        addicted2cake Oct 24, 2008 09:50 AM

                        I agree, excellent challah. Friends of ours live near Clear Flour and they always buy their Challah for Shabbat dinners.

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                          BobB Nov 13, 2008 07:38 AM

                          Depends on your taste. I live near Clear Flour and love almost everything they make, but I find their challah a bit too firm & dry. I agree Cheryl Ann's is way too sweet. I used to love Zeppy's but they don't sell retail any more, so my fallback now is Kupel's.

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                        macadamianut Oct 23, 2008 05:43 PM

                        Kupels Bakery In Brookline has excellent Challah. It's Kosher too.

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                          kate used to be 50 Oct 23, 2008 05:32 PM

                          Wilson's Farm in Lexington makes good challah, but that is probably out of your way....

                          1. Science Chick Oct 23, 2008 05:28 PM

                            I agree about Cheryl Ann's...although it is nice for french toast. How about Rosenfeld's in Newton Center? I've never tried their challah, but I see it there on Fridays and it looks quite nice.

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                            1. re: Science Chick
                              addicted2cake Oct 24, 2008 09:47 AM

                              I love Rosenfeld's Challah. Delicious. I like Cheryl Ann's, but hubby thinks it's too sweet, too.

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