Challah is a powerful woman's mitzvah that brings abundant bracha, blessing, into our home. Cooking for The King's water challah recipe is about much more than its mixture of flour, sugar, salt, water and oil. Interspersed within each step of the recipe are entreaties appropriate to this task.
Just as you may want to use your own challah recipe, you may decide to include personal prayers of your own. Many women find these thoughts meaningful as they mix ingredients in preparation for the mitzvah of taking challah.
Bread, the staple of life, plays a essential role in meal planning and preparation. In simpler times a bowl of soup and slice of dark pumpernickel was a full and nourishing meal. Today, sandwiches are a mainstay in every lunchbox and panera is the newest addition to trendy luncheon menus.
For the Jewish Shabbos and Yom Tov table, the meal begins with hamotzi, the blessing specifically on challah bread. And at every seuda, a meal marking monumental mitzvah celebrations of life, by joining in the hamotzi and concluding blessings of the meal, we share in the family's simcha celebration.
I invite you to try some of the recipes in Cooking for The King, and wander into these pages on challah bread recipe preparation and mitzvah celebrations to see what more is in store for every Queen of the Kitchen.
The Cooking for The King Challah Bread Recipe ~a challah that can bring you closer to Hashem
NEW! How to shape challah like a key for Shlissel Challah~ Find out why we have this Jewish custom and see the "how to" video~
The Rosca ~cinnamon swirl, Sephardic style. I make this each week when I bake challah. We nibble on it all of Shabbat and polish it off as French Toast on Sunday morning.
Cinnayums! ~mini cinnamon roll, mega crowd pleasers
Garlic Onion & Poppyseed Twirls ~I love to serve these fresh baked warm garlic rolls, especially when I haven't been baking for hours that day
~& if you'e a garlic lover, you'll want to try these olive oil dips on your challah, a soon to be tradition at your Shabbat table!