A New Year’s Challah

Tonight at sundown the Jewish New Year begins.

Challah, the traditional long braided loaf at every Shabbat meal, is, for this one holiday, formed into a round to symbolize the circle of life. This is my challah.

It’s lumpy and imperfect. But it’s also beautiful.

L’ shanah tovah! to all my friends celebrating Rosh Hashanah


  1. Happy New Year to you and your family. I love challah. You make it with lots of dried fruit in it??

  2. Wishing you and your family (including the four legged kind) a very Happy New Year. Your Challah is indeed beautiful – as is the symbolism that goes with it. I also really like the cloth that it is sitting on. The falling leaves and the flower stems add a wistful and peaceful element. Apologies though if they are not leaves and flower stems – but something much more important?

  3. Oh Terry, every since I purchased your The Farmstead Egg Cookbook I have been making your wonderful recipe for Challah. I have been making bread for about 60 years, and there is not loaf to beat this one: hot, cold, toasted, it is the best, and so easy and quick with the instant yeast! By the way, I “found” you and hencam.com via that little cookbook; consequently the “girls” have been my virtual flock every day for the last six years. I do enjoy my time at Little Pond Farm. Thanks for sharing!

    • So glad you’re enjoying my little book and that recipe. It took me a year to perfect that challah! Have you turned it into French toast or bread pudding yet?

  4. A Good Year to you! I love the thought of that wonderful Challah made into french toast with those fresh eggs!

  5. It’s perfect — after all, the circle of life does have its bumps. Happy New Year and much joy to you and your family.

  6. mmmm, lovely eggy bread…. can’t believe it’s that time of year already! Hope you had a good celebration – I doubt there would have been any leftovers, but have you made bread and butter pudding with it?

  7. Terry, the challah looks delicious and I am sure it is. Happy New Year to you and your family,

  8. I have your Farmstead Egg Cookbook and after seeing your bread I am inspired to give it a try.
    Happy New Year.

  9. Terry, I would love to see what the inside of the bread looks like…….that is, of course, if there is any left!

  10. L’shanah tovah!

    Do the cochlear implants help you enjoy the music in services more? I really liked the musicians and cantor and our new rabbi’s music this morning. At the family service I went to, their enjoyment of enmusic was infectious!

    • I didn’t go to services this year. But, I am listening to music! I confess to being addicted to the TV show The Voice. So many styles, and the judges’ comments help me to analyze what I hear. Besides, Adam and Blake are funny. It’s been 30 years since I’ve been able to relax and listen to music, so I’m having fun!

      • Glad to hear you are enjoying it!

        Kerem Shalom has a new interim Rabbi who is lovely, flexible, and fun. She is very into the music, and was dancing and signing with the Cantor, just enjoying the music, up there on the bimah. Quite infectious. I’m looking forward to see what she does with the Jonah story on Thursday.