Tonight starts the beginning of Hanukkah, the Jewish celebration of the Festival of Lights. It’s a beautiful holiday where Jewish families come together for 8 days to light the Menorah, eat a delicious meal, and exchange small gifts.
Challah is traditional Jewish bread and a staple for the Hanukkah table. In the Jewish community, the Challah is seen as a way of feeding the body and soul – kind of like spiritual nourishment.
Challah bread is made with eggs and sweetened with honey. It is then cut in to three rope-shaped pieces and braided together before baking. An egg wash is used to give the bread a rich, golden color. Some Challah is sprinkled with poppy seeds, representing manna that God gave to the Israelites to eat while they wandered the desert.
I found this amazing Challah recipe on Taste of Home. It’s perfect for your Hanukkah table or for using in French toast or bread pudding. Enjoy!
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