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art and lemons

Thanks for the sweet bread tip. I've been wanting to make homemade challah for some time, and since I tend to focus on savory breads this is so helpful.


Also, I think if you refrigerate the dough for a little while it will be easier to braid, etc.--a big help when it's nice and sticky as you say! Dipping your hands in water periodically helps too. (I generally knead these doughs in the mixer though!)


Love this tip Melissa! Making challah at least twice this week so will put this into practice...


Thanks for the great tip Sara! And happy challah making Winnie, let me know how it goes....

Rivki Locker

I make challah every week and follow just the same principle! In fact, now that my daughters are old enough to pitch in with the braiding, I find I have to remind them not to add flour to the counter like we do when rolling other doughs. I leave the dough a bit on the wet side and the challah comes out moist and soft.

Sally - My Custard Pie

I find that my dough hook is my best friend with this type of dough. Really good advice as to just the degree of stickiness required. A little ragged round the edges is always a good thing in my book!

PS Came to your blog from the excellent interview by Dianne J.


Hi Melissa, I found your blog through Dianne J's site - and am so glad I did! I love the scrambled eggs + pesto + ricotta video on your site... I think that is going to be my dinner one day this week!

Also love the handy tips sprinkled through your blog - those are so valuable.

Katherine Martinelli

Great challah tips, thanks so much! I always get nervous when it's that sticky and end up adding more flour, resulting in a dryer challah. I need to break the cycle! :-) Shana Tovah!


I've wanted to try this ever since the episode of Sex And The City where Charlotte cooks a Jewish dinner for Harry. I'm definitely trying this sometime soon.

Jessica / Green Skies and Sugar Trips

I miss challah french toast! I'm going to have to make some soon!


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