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Sep 28, 2011 10:29 AM

Holiday challah

Available today and tommorrow at The Cheeseboard. Plain, poppyseed or raisin round challah. ANyplace else?

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  1. Acme will have it available.

    1. Any ideas for the peninsula?

      Answered my own question - Draeger's has round challah in a bunch of varieties. Plain, poppyseed, sesame, raisin, mixed fruits, and I think one other one. Draeger's makes our favorite regular challah so I have high hopes for this one, too.

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      1. re: artemis

        This isn't a holiday I celebrate, though I enjoy challah. Is there any traditional variety? Or can it be anything ... fruit ... seeds ....plain ... as long as it is round.

        1. re: rworange

          I'm no expert, but I think the raisin one is traditional - you're supposed to eat sweet things on Rosh Hashanah to help bring in a sweet new year, so they put raisins in the challah to help make it sweet. You're even supposed to dip the challah in honey before you eat it. Come to think of it, I think the Draeger's guy mentioned they had a honey variety too. I expect most families would get several varieties and enjoy them over the next two days. I am thinking of making the mixed dried fruit one into french toast tomorrow morning...

          1. re: artemis

            Cool. That's what I bought ... raisin ... gold and regular raisins.

            1. re: artemis

              The dried fruit challah from Draegers was totally delicious. Only downside was that it wasn't a braided round challah, which apparently is a tricky feat. Instead, it was a coil, but it was chock full of dried fruit. It also tasted eggier and sweeter than the usual Draegers challah we get.

              1. re: artemis

                Tricky, what do you think?

                Whar would Alexander the Great do?

          2. re: artemis

            As per usual, Molly Stone's in Palo Alto has a very large stand-alone display of challah from Grand Bakery in Oakland. Poppy seed, plain, raisin. Two sizes. The smalls are $6 -- and excellent. Shana tova to all you Hounds.

            Sushi Monster

          3. Semifreddi's does a really good job.

            372 Colusa Ave, Kensington, CA

            1. Arizmendi SF by order. Have never tried it.

              1268 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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              1. re: stanbee

                same as Cheeseboard....or very similar. Good crust, decent crumb-but not super tight.
                they have Crown only this week

              2. Really great holiday Challah eaten last night that was purchased at the new version of Bonniere Bakery (formerly of Alameda) and now across the street from Grand Kosher Bakery on Grand Ave. in Oakland.