Make Debbie’s Challah Bread one time and you will be hooked! It is super easy and wonderfully delicious. One recipe makes two loaves!
Homemade bread! Homemade Challah Bread…enough said, right? Close your eyes and breathe in! I bet you can just imagine the smell! Even the aromas throughout the house from the yeasty rising dough lets everyone know what’s happening in the kitchen…let alone the sign of the risen dough flowing over the edge of the bowl!
The first time I made Challah was my very first time hosting Thanksgiving! And it was for 20+ people! Once I saw the recipe in Bread by Beth Hensperger, one of my favorite bread cookbooks, I had to try it! It wasn’t intimidating at all. The ingredients and steps were simple to follow. Hey, I can do this!!
When looking at my cookbook, you can tell it’s well used and loved; when pulled from the shelves, the pages are so loose, some slide right out! But I’m not about to lose the page with the challah recipe…which I think I actually know pretty much by heart now!
Don’t let the idea of yeast scare you. It is easy, it’s fun and the results…OMG! Once you make this recipe, you won’t want to buy store bought egg bread again! Or any bread for that matter! It’s a given that 6 loaves will be made for Thanksgiving at our house, 4 on Christmas Eve for our get together at Phil’s sister’s and 4 again for Christmas Day at my sister’s. Holiday or not, my friends love it, my neighbors and coworkers love it and I sneak some smaller loaves in care packages to our daughters out of state…they love it! And IF by chance there might be a few slices left over, it’s delicious sopped up with Kyle’s White Cheddar Chicken Chili.
I love my traditions and I’ve got a fun challah tradition I started several years ago with my good friend Susan. She also serves challah at her house on Thanksgiving. The night before, she comes over after dinner with her own Kitchenaid mixer and attachments, her eggs, flour, yeast and butter. (I can supply her water, sugar and salt!) Phil serves us cocktails and while we make the dough, we snack on some of the extras that I’ve made for the next day. Measuring, sipping, kneading, laughing and catching up as we go! Our girls (Miranda and Sarah) are best friends, so often times they’re hanging out upstairs or out and about! Since we both do the slow rise in the refrigerator technique, Susan covers her loaves with the plastic, we have our girls help her out to the car and she goes on her way!
Here’s a Gr8 story…I baked a couple of loaves one day recently and wanted to surprise Anneliesa’s boyfriend, Max with a loaf! I wrapped it in parchment, tied some fun baker’s twine around it with a tag, packed it in a priority mail box and hurried to the post office. Up at the counter, the postal worker sniffed the box, looked at me, smiled and said “this may not make it out of here”! Needless to say, it did! Maybe I’ll start a new tradition and bring him a loaf of Challah Bread for the holidays!