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making challah at the all-night art lock-in at New Urban Arts

April 20, 2009 at 9:17 am

late Friday night/early Saturday morning: while others were sleeping, we were making challah bread. Thanks everybody!

10:34 pm. Mixing the dough:


10:35 pm. “Can I use my hands?”


10:36 pm. It feels soft, squishy, and good.

crazy hands!

10:39 pm. Kneading:

kneading part 1

10:42 pm. The dough is getting smoother:

kneading part 2

1:15 am. It has risen!


1:35 am. Shaping the dough (water bottles = rolling pins):


1:57 am. Brains are extra crazy at 2 in the morning.

crazy shapes

3:53 am. Risen once again:

risen loaves

4:31 am. Starting to come out of the oven:


4:33 am. Chthulu Challah:


4:35 am. All of the bread we made:

all the loaves

5:44 am. Marauded.

we ate it up.

8 am. The tree outside my window is blooming — my favorite event of the spring. It’s time for bed!

tree in bloom!


  1. what’s the recipe?

    Comment by A — April 20, 2009 @ 10:33 am
  2. for a smaller batch than the one we made:

    2 tsp instant yeast
    about 3.5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
    1/4 c. warm water
    3 large eggs
    1.5 tsp table salt
    1/4 c. vegetable oil
    1/4 c. honey or 1/3 c. sugar

    For the instructions for mixing, rising, braiding, etc. you will have to look at the book “A Blessing of Bread”, by Maggie Glezer, which is where this recipe came from (p.94) (I don’t have time right now to write out the full recipe with instructions…)

    You can totally find it at the Providence Public Library! Here it is on amazon as well. Glezer gives tons of good general bread-baking advice, she is very knowledgeable & good at explaining complex things.

    Comment by jean — April 20, 2009 @ 12:25 pm
  3. ‘blessing of bread’ is a great book! my mom got me a copy for hanukkah last year. have you tried the babka recipe? it’s beyond. BEYOND.

    Comment by miriam — April 21, 2009 @ 5:30 pm
  4. I love Challah!

    BTW- does anyone know how to get in touch with Andrew?

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