Once fall starts to roll around, nothing sounds cozier than soups, chili, and homemade bread.
Braided Jewish Egg Bread – Challah
Hey everyone! It’s another Food Friday, and this week I am also able to cross it off of my bucket list! Homemade bread is a distinct detail of fall that never fails to make your mouth water. Homemade bread is synonymous with home, and makes the cold weather feel a little more cozy.
This recipe is one of Ina Garten’s, although we did not include saffron. Find the exact recipe HERE, because they explain it better than I ever could!
The ingredients are fairly simple, but be prepared to use six cups of flour. Like most homemade breads, patience is needed as this bread has to sit and rise for several hours. For this recipe specifically, the bread rises for two hours, you braid it, and then sits out to rise for another two hours.
About Challah Bread
For thousands of years, Challah bread has been known as the Shabbat and holiday bread for Jewish religions. “Shabbat” is a holiday that serves as a memorial to God’s act of rescuing the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Two challahs placed on the table during this holiday represents the double portion of manna that fell from the sky to feed the people during the 40 years of trekking in the desert. The Israelites had just been led out of Egypt by Moses, on their way to The Promise Land. They were starving, so God sent down manna to keep them satisfied on their journey.
Numbers 15:18-21 states:
When you enter the land where I bring you, it shall be that when you eat of the bread of the land, you shall set aside a portion for God.
This verse is the first time bread is spoken of in the Bible. When the bread is intertwined in a braid like this bread is, it symbolizes love, truth, freedom, justice, etc. For more information on the history of Challah bread, click HERE.
If you missed it before, here is the exact recipe: HERE.
Follow your own recipe of homemade bread at home today, and let me know how it turns out. Happy cooking, bucket listers!