Last year for Shabbos Chanukah, I made challah shaped like a dreidel and a
menorah. The kids were so excited with it, I did it again this year, and this
time I took step by step pictures so you can see how simple it is to put
together. No really, don't look at me like that. It really is easy.
Here are this year's done challahs, perhaps a little overdone but ready to go anyway.
And this is how we do it.
Make a batch of your favorite challah dough.
Allow the dough to rise according to you recipe's instructions, making sure the dough
rises in a warm place. My house is freezing, especially the kitchen so I did
something you should never ever do. If I had lawyers who'd tell me what I can
and can't say, they'd say not to say this. And if you do, you didn't hear it from me.
But here goes, I turned the oven onto 170 degrees and left the door open.
I let the dough rise on the oven door for an hour and then shut the oven but
let the dough rise some more on the warm door.
Please make sure to keep all little hands out of the kitchen while this is going on.
Braid a long and thin challah for the horizontal center of the menorah.
Braid a smaller and somewhat thinner challah for the vertical center of the
Braid an even smaller but thicker challah for the horizontal menorah stand.
Using a small amount of dough, shape 8 pieces into candles and one more piece
into a longer center candle to act as the shamash.
Carefully move all the pieces onto a foil lined and cooking spray coated
cookie sheet and assemble the menorah. No need to press the dough pieces
together, they will all bake together in the oven. For example, I just slid the
very bottoms of the candles under the menorah's center braid, I didn't press the
Brush with an egg wash and bake at until golden brown, following the
recipe's directions . Keep in mind that some parts of the challah (like the
candles) are smaller and so they will bake faster than other parts. Only you
know your oven so you may need to rotate the pan every once in a while or even
tent some foil over any parts that are getting too brown too quickly.
And now for the Dreidel Challah:
Start with the same amount of dough that you'd use for a medium sized
challah. Shape the dough into a rectangle, with the shorter sides on the top and
Carefully shape the lower half of the longer sides of dough into a V shape
so that the rectangle now resembles a strawberry.
Move to a foil lined and cooking spray coated cookie sheet.
Use a small piece of dough and shape a handle for the dreidel.
Slip the dreidel handle underneath the top of the dreidel. No need to press
them together, they will bake together.
Using some more dough, shape the letter of your choice (nun, gimel,
hey or shin) and set it atop the dreidel. Again, no need to press
the dough together, it will all bake together in the oven.
Paint an egg wash onto the dough and following your recipe's directions,
bake until golden brown.
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