This is a guest post by Monica of Rose of Sharon Acres, who makes amazing soaps including the tooth ‘chips’ that I love and gentle goat milk soap from her own goats. She describes how she prepares Sabbath challah for her family, and how the Sabbath meal is enjoyed at her home. Our family feels drawn to learn more about the Biblical celebrations and incorporate them into our home, but I don’t feel qualified enough to talk about them yet so I love it that Monica shared!
2 cups bread flour (white)
2 cups spelt flour
1/4 cup melted butter
1 1/2 eggs (set the second yolk aside for later)
Make a cup in the flour for the liquid portions
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup honey
1 tablespoon yeast
let this rise to double size – about 15 minutes
When the yeast water has risen, add it to the flour side and knead for 7 minutes…sprinkle more spelt on the mixture to make sure it isn’t gummy. During this kneading of the dough, I pray for the family (that we would be pliable in His hands) and for health – since Jesus is the bread of Life.
After 7 minutes, let the dough ‘rest’ till it doubles in size. (set in a warm place covered with a towel). After doubling, I punch the dough and knead some then cut it in half. I cut the halves in thirds (which gives me 6 pieces of dough). I then roll each peace into strips and braid the bread – 3 pieces in each loaf. Let the bread rise again – keep covered so that the outside doesn’t get hard.
When it’s doubled again, I take the yolk I saved earlier and add some water. Brush the bread gently (or it will collapse) with the egg mixture. This gives it a beautiful sheen. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or so until it’s a nice brown. Take a long knife and remove bread from cooking sheet (I use a clay sheet from Pampered Chef) and set it on a cooling rack.
At Feast of trumpets I add raisins into it for fruit – you can also add flax but keep it to a minimum as it gets hard for some reason.
When Dad came home late- like at 10 pm the other night – we waited Shabbat for him. He smiled from ear to ear. Blessings for the father after a long week traveling.
One thing that’s nice is that the father of the house prays over each child a blessing. Then he prays over his wife a blessing and I in turn pray blessings over Dad. It’s amazing what happens when we do that which our families.
Update: I do have a soaked version up now! Sabbath Challah made with soaked wheat and spelt, sprouted flour can be used as well. Dairy free options included.
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