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Cake challah

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Trying to recreate the challah I grew up with. My mother used to buy challah at a bakery in albertson n.y. What was special about it was that it was dense and cake like. Anybody familiar with such a version of challah. Pretty sure the bread was parve. Currently I use Claudia Roden's recipe.

A Jewish baker suggested experimenting with shortening but google cant find a challah with shortening. Any ideas?

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  1. My guess would be challah's cousin in the bread world,Brioche,very rich,borders on cake.

    http://www.ruhlman.com/2010/11/make-b... is a good start for information and a small scale recipe

    1. can u share Claudia Roden's exact recipe with us?