Another important Rosh Hashanah food tradition is to serve food that is round. For example, the traditional Jewish Sabbath bread, challah, is usually oval-shaped. But on Rosh Hashanah, we serve a round challah to symbolize the never-ending cycle of years and seasons.
A good loaf of challah should be rich, sweet and eggy. This kind of challah makes your morning toast crave-worthy and your lunch sandwich as good as your favorite deli creation. As for French toast and bread pudding made with challah? Over-the-top delicious!
The best way to get a truly sweet and rich challah for your holiday table is to make it yourself. Even if you are not a regular bread-baker, this is a very accessible DIY project. The hard work of kneading the dough and letting it rise is a snap in a bread machine with a dough cycle, such as the Breadman 2.5-lb Bakery Pro Bread Machine. If you like raisin challah — and who doesn’t? — use the automatic fruit and nut dispenser to add raisins to your dough at exactly the right moment.