Challah in different shapes and sizes

One of the most important Rosh Hashanah traditions is the challah bread. Whether buying or making your own challah for Rosh Hashanah, Livonia Glatt Market has you covered.

Challah bread is rich with symbolism and Jewish custom and tradition. Challah takes many different sizes and shapes, all with different meanings. The name challah is believed to have originated in South Germany in the middles ages when it was adopted by the Jews for the Sabbath. According to author John Cooper, the term originated in Austria in the 15th century. Before that, the bread was called berches, which is still used in some parts of the world today.

For Rosh Hashana, challah bread is traditionally baked into rounds, opposed to the braided loaves you see most often for Shabbat. The round loaves symbolize continuity. During Rosh Hashanah, many challah breads incorporate raisins, honey and other sweet accompaniments to continue the hopes for a sweet new year. As part of the Rosh Hashanah tradition, challah is dipped in honey and shared.

Are you up to the task of baking the challah bread for your family’s Rosh Hashanah celebration? Here are a few helpful hints for baking the Rosh Hashanah challah bread.

The dough should be stiff, but not too stiff. It’s important to have enough liquid in order to not affect the yeast
If the bread takes longer to rise than anticipated, lack of water could be the issue
Get creative, raisins, saffron and other add ins can make for a tasty challah bread
Finding a large chunk of time to bake can be difficult, split the process over three days
From yeast to eggs to raisins and everything else you need to make the perfect Rosh Hashanah challah, you’ll find it at Livonia Glatt Market. When it comes to food and meal preparations, Livonia is your Rosh Hashanah headquarters.

Don’t have the time to make your own Rosh Hashanah challah bread? Pick up fresh challah loaves at Livonia Glatt Market for a fast, easy and delicious alternative.


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Blog | May 25th, 2019