Saturday, October 6, 2012
This week’s loaf of challah: a six-stranded braid. Looks a bit like a sea of breadly sand dunes.
There is a certain mystical quality to a loaf of challah made by braiding six strands. Traditionalists will tell you that each strand represents one of the six days of Creation: the resulting bread-loaf is served up at the onset of the seventh day, the Sabbath on which the Eternal One Himself loafed.
In this particular instance, I could tell you that each strand represents a decade of my life.
Symbolism aside, I used a six-strand braid for the sheer challenge of it, as well as for the aesthetics. I am pleased to report that I was able to put this bad boy together without having to stop halfway through and reroll the strands... a first.
Was it any good? Why, yes. Yes, it was. Not one crumb survived the evening.