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Challah for the Holiday … and All Through the Year

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Challah bread at Beach Bakery Cafe. COURTESY BEACH BAKER CAFE

Challah bread at Beach Bakery Cafe. COURTESY BEACH BAKER CAFE

Challah bread at Beach Bakery Cafe. COURTESY BEACH BAKER CAFE

Challah bread at Beach Bakery Cafe. COURTESY BEACH BAKER CAFE

Challah bread at Beach Bakery Cafe. COURTESY BEACH BAKER CAFE

Challah bread at Beach Bakery Cafe. COURTESY BEACH BAKER CAFE

Challah bread at Beach Bakery Cafe. COURTESY BEACH BAKER CAFE

Challah bread at Beach Bakery Cafe. COURTESY BEACH BAKER CAFE

authorStaff Writer on Nov 17, 2022

Challah bread is steeped in tradition and symbolism. It will find a place on the table in just about every Jewish household on a Friday night for Shabbat.

While the baked loaf is referred to as challah, the word is actually for the small bit that is pulled from the dough and burned as a symbolic tithe.

At the Beach Bakery Cafe in Westhampton Beach, the delicious smell of baking challah streams from the oven all through the year — often working double time on summer Fridays to fill the need. During the holidays, the demand rises again for the bread, which is prepared under the supervision of the Rabbi from the nearby Hamptons Synagogue, ensuring that only kosher ingredients are used for everything made at the bakery and kosher rules are followed in preparation.

Traditionally served with meals on the Sabbath and Jewish holidays, challah is typically made from eggs, white flour, water, sugar, yeast, oil, and salt, and then shaped by braiding. The bakers at Beach Bakery note that their version is sweet and fluffy, making it a popular item throughout the year.

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