Freezing Challah Dough

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    i want to make challah for this shabbos. it being already wednesday, i need to do it in 2 parts. can i get suggestions on when and how to feeze challah dough (before the rising, before the braiding?).

    thank you in advance (new to the coffee room).


    This is the shabbos everyone makes challah and pierces it with a key


    I would braid it first (after the first rising)then freeze it.


    EVERYONE??? Many Gedolim would not touch KEY challah saying it is a minhag based in one shtetl as pointed out in Taamei Haminhagim and has no sources in kedusha! Parnassah? Say Baraich Alainu with kavana! Best “segula”.

    shmoolik 1

    what recipe do you use?


    freeze after braiding.


    norene gillete’s challah recipe seems simple enough.

    1 tsp. sugar

    1/2 cup warm water

    1 pkg. yeast

    1/2 cup oil

    1/2 cup warm water

    1/4 cup sugar

    2 tsp. salt

    2 eggs

    3 1/2 to 4 cups flour

    poppy or sesame seeds

    1 egg beaten with 1 tsp. water

    Dissolve sugar in 1/2 cup warm water in a large mixing bowl which has first been rinsed with hot water. Sprinkle yeast on top and let stand for 10 minutes. Stir to dissolve.

    Combine with oil, warm water, sugar, salt, eggs and half of the flour. Beat well. Stir in remaining flour. Dough should be sticky. Cover dough and let rest for 10 minutes. Turn out onto a floured board and knead for 10 minutes, adding flour as needed.

    Round up in a greased bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in bulk, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Punch down, cover and let rise again until double, about 45 minutes.



    braid the challos, put on a cookie sheet and freeze for a couple of hours then put the challos in zip lock bags.


    RABBAIM: My sefer TAAMEI HAMINHAGEN must be different than yours. Mine says that the reason for the “shlissel” challah is that the “MOHN” stopped falling on Tes Zayin Nissan. After that KLAL YISROEL had to rely on “teva” of “parnasa” (sowing seeds, growing wheat, reaping, griding, baking). Since HASHEM holds the key to parsana we have the concept of making shlissel chalah.

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