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Ten Commandment Challah


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Ten Commandment Challah

It is traditional to bake a challah fashioned to resemble the 10 commandments for Shavuot. This challah represents the 10 commandments--- one letter per commandment. I can't imagine writing them all out in dough. The idea comes from Rabbi Dovid Meisels's wonderful book "Shavuos Secrets." Think of this as edible arts and crafts, fun for you and the kids and certainly a wonderful centerpiece for the day we celebrate recieving the Torah.


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  • 1/2 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg yolk


Instructions for one loaf.

Dissolved yeast in 1 cup luke warm water.  Add 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup oil,  3 cups flour, 1 t salt and one egg yolk. Knead together to form dough. (if the dough is sticky add more flour)

Let rise until doubled. Take challah without a bracha.  Roll out the dough into a circle. Roll two strips of dough to frame
the circle and another strip for the  line bisecting the challah.  Roll  thin one inch strips of dough and shape into letters.
Let the dough rise again for 45-1 hour.

Using a paint brush, glaze the  letters with egg yolk and then add poppy seed . Glaze the frame too. Leave the rest of the dough unglazed.  Bake for 45 minutes at 175 C or 350 F in a preheated oven.


About tzirelchana


I'm a fiftysomething  Mom of young adults, teens and tweens. My kitchen is my laboratory. I experiment a lot though, thank G-d nothing has blown up. I also write and take pictures.

Lately, I've been  writing a cookbook about interplay between Jewish tradtion and Jewish cooking .

Visit me at http://kosherhomecooking.com




3 Responses to Ten Commandment Challah

  1. If one of you makes a prettier 10 commandments please send me a picture and I’ll post it on http://kosherhomecooking.com
    Also I just posted a few more challah shapes on http://kosherhomecooking.com

  2. Hi — I am trying to contact you to request permission to use your 10 C recipe for a charity, but my emails are bouncing back. Do you have another contact? All best, Diana

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