Jewish Bread

The most notable types of Jewish bread are matzo and challah. While matzo is usually reserved for Passover, challah can be eaten during holidays, on the Sabbath or with an everyday meal. You'll often see it in its classic, free-standing, braided form, but it can also be shaped into loaves or rolls to use for sandwiches and toast. F&W's guide will introduce you to both these breads with easy-to-follow recipes and tips from expert bakers.

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Halvah-Stuffed Challah
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Blogger Molly Yeh fills this braided bread with a mix of halvah (the confection made with crushed sesame seeds and honey) and tahini. Yeh recommends using an extra-smooth, pourable tahini (Whole Foods’ 365 brand is a good bet), but if your tahini is cakey and thick, she advises mixing it with warm water until spreadable. Slideshow:  How to Make Challah Bread 
Raisin-Walnut Babka
Pastry chef Melissa Weller of Sadelle’s in New York City swirls this light and buttery babka with a golden raisin puree, studs it with dark raisins and walnuts and tops it with a luscious cinnamon glaze. Slideshow: Cake Recipes 
Jessamyn's Sephardic Challah
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Jessamyn Waldman, founder of Hot Bread Kitchen, grew up in Canada eating challah, the Jewish Sabbath bread. Unlike the eggy challahs of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe, this version comes from the Sephardic Jews of the Mediterranean, who flavored their challahs with caraway and anise. Many challahs are braided, but this one is twisted into a round, turban-shaped loaf. More Breads from Around the World
Chicken Soup with Rosemary Matzo Balls
At Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York, chef Dan Barber prepares this soup with seasonal chicken (raised in late spring, summer and fall), using wings, backs, necks and feet. His recipe yields almost eight quarts of broth, so there's plenty to freeze. He likes serving the soup with fluffy matzo balls laced with rosemary. More Chicken Soup Recipes
Challah French Toast
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Start your day with this wonderfully decadent challah French toast, delicately flavored with a touch of vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The recipe is a terrific use for any leftover challah you have. More Brunch Recipes