Why You Don’t Need a Bread Machine

I’m all for time-saving gadgets (see earlier blog about immersion blenders?!) but the amount of time required to knead challah by hand is actually so minimal that it seems hard to justify the extra cleaning, effort and expense of a machine.

Not to mention that the machines are frequently too small for the quantities we need to make.

So don’t be intimidated. Making challah by hand is as fast, as delicious and as easy as using a machine. You will only have one bowl and one spoon to clean (and maybe a whisk and some measuring cups).

To begin, check out one of the challah recipes in the Shabbos section.

For more recipes, visit www.gourmetkoshercooking.com

3 thoughts on “Why You Don’t Need a Bread Machine

  1. Ha! Thank you! I love making challah by hand. It gives me a chance to really think about the mitzvah I am doing, how I really want my shabbos to be, and to thank Hashem for the blessings of my family. Such challah truly elevates the entire shabbos experience. When we were first married, my husband wanted to buy me a bread machine, but I didn’t want it, so he bought me a kneading board instead. Now that I am able to stay home with our kids, I started making challah again, and he again wanted to buy me a bread machine. He said the romanticism of making challah by hand would soon wear off. I told him I would let him know if it did, so he bought me a massive mixing bowl instead. I have found that it is really not so hard, like Reb. Twersky says, and I would not trade that time of introspection and spiritually preparing for shabbos for anything.

  2. Yes, you have a valid point however, for those of us who want to make whole grain breads on a daily basis for our family, a bread machine is the cheapest and easiest way.

  3. I agree! I had always dreamed about a Magic Mill that was large enough to hold a 5-lb bag of flour (so that I could make a brachah)… and put off making challah by hand. Just recently I thought I would give it a try by hand. It wasn’t so much work after all! Just takes about 10 minutes to knead and mix it all up by hand. I am now routinely making challah by hand, and have stopped dreaming about an electric mixer.

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