It is well known that in the Common Household family extension on the Jewish side, size matters.
On Sunday a week ago, a group of three women, including me, spent four hours braiding and baking 24 mini-challahs, to have on hand for Shabbat services and shiva minyans when needed.
Since you’re asking, each mini-challah was approximately ten inches long, with a diameter of about three inches. A normal-sized challah is maybe four times larger.
I was able to bring one challah home for the Common Household to enjoy. When my husband saw it, he said, “Oh, what a cute little challah…. Wait, you spent FOUR HOURS making that tiny challah? If I had know you were going to make a challah the size of a toothpick, I would have bought more bread at the store this morning.”
Some of our challah loaves seemed to come out of the oven with personalities.
|The Very Hungry Caterpillar|
|This one is called Moses, because it has horns.|
(Biblical scholars will know that this
is based on a mistranslation, but once
people get an image in their heads it
just won't go away.)
Already, the rabbi has taken one of our challahs to someone who just returned home from the hospital. Last week I felt that my heart had shrunk to the size of a shriveled pea, but knowing that our little challah has welcomed someone home has made my heart just a little bit larger.
The recipe for challah is here, at the end of the post.
|Mathematically-minded readers will notice that there are|
only 23 challah loaves here. We had
to test the product, of course.