Jewish tradition dictates that a formal Shabbat or holiday meal should have two loaves of bread, and for many families that means challah! Whether you prefer the classic braided bread, pitas, rolls, or something else, your loaves will be an important centerpiece on your Shabbat table.
For serving your challah, you'll need:
- A challah board or tray
- A challah cover to keep the bread covered until you're ready to recite the Hamotzi blessing and serve - this is often a beautiful, decorative piece
- A knife to cut it (unless your tradition is to tear the bread); some families have a dedicated challah knife that is only used for this purpose
- Once cut, the challah pieces are traditionally sprinkled or dipped in salt before serving - so don't forget your saltshaker, which can also be a special one just for Shabbat
Check out our challah recipe roundup if you're up for baking your own, and get all your challah serving essentials from Israel!