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Virtual Challah Baking

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  • 14 and older
  • $35
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  • 3 hours

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  • $35
  • 3 hours
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Class Description

Description

What you'll learn in this bread making class:

If you've never smelled challah in the oven, you're in for a treat. We will be covering the basics of challah making, a staple of Jewish culture, starting with a short introduction of its historical beginnings and significance, and then moving to making the dough (no experience required for this course at all!).

We will break for an hour to allow your dough to rise, then meet back up to braid together, learn about each other, add optional flavors (chocolate chip, cinnamon sugar, raisin, or sundried tomato and basil) to your challah, and then bake them.

When you're finished, you will have two beautifully baked, delicious challahs, a kitchen that smells fantastic, a few yiddish sayings under your belt, and a newfound skill.

The structure of the class is flexible, so if you have questions, thoughts, or topics of conversation, they are always welcome!


Materials Needed to Fully Participate:

  • 1.5 tablespoons of dry active yeast
  • 1/2 cup and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (common sugar)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp table salt
  • 9 cups all purpose flour
  • Optional: semisweet chocolate chips, cinnamon and extra sugar, raisins, sundried tomato and basil

About the Instructor:

I am a Jewish undergraduate student at Tufts University who can be found debating foreign policy if I'm not knitting, already talking about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, or singing Jewish acapella. I've been making challah for years, but most recently through Challah for Hunger, a national organization with chapters at colleges that make, bake, and sell challah to fight hunger. I love history and am happy to add to our course by giving some religious and cultural background about challah and its origins. And, of course, I'm always happy to play Jewish geography. I can't wait to get braiding!


Virtual Class FAQ


What will be included in my Virtual Class package?

One ticket includes an access link to your live, online class. The class will be delivered via web conferencing software and feature a live, professional instructor who will walk you through a lesson as described above. You will have the opportunity to ask questions as well as participate from home.

How many people is my purchase good for?

Each ticket is good for one "device" (i.e. one computer, phone, tablet, etc. you'll be logging in from). This ensures we don't get more people in the class than the instructor can handle. Though we understand some people live together and will be working/learning together, the intent is that each class still allows for the same attention to attendees as if students purchased separately. Please be respectful of this!

Will I need anything from home to use in the class?

You will need a reliable Internet connection as well as a computer or device with which you can access your virtual class. We recommend you arrive to class 5-10 minutes early to ensure you're able to set up your device and connection. Additionally, if the class is more than just a lecture you will likely want any materials listed in the course description as "Materials Needed to Participate Fully", though you're welcome to purchase a seat and sit in and just watch.

Am I able to ask questions or interact with the class?

Yes, you'll both be able to ask questions using the chat function in the video hosting software as well as at certain intervals during the class via voice/audio. If the class winds up being on the smaller side, more spontaneous interaction/questions will be encouraged.


Do I have to show my video or speak during class?

While we recommend you do show your video and speak when encouraged to by the instructor, video and audio participation are never mandatory. We find classes have more fun experiences when people are engaging with one another, but understand not everyone will want to do so and that's ok!

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

Refund Policy

  • Cancellations made at least 3 business days in advance of the class will be honored with a refund less 5% cancellation fee.
  • Students who cancel less than 3 business days prior to the start time of the class will receive a credit towards a future class.
In the event that an instructor or the school needs to cancel at the last minute, students will receive a refund less a 5% non-refundable registration fee.

Reviews of Classes at Caroline Wolinsky (92)

(4.8-star rating across 92 reviews)
  • Virtual Challah Baking

    Reviewed by Martin G. on 3/1/2021
    Caroline was terrific.
  • Virtual Challah Baking

    Reviewed by Rebecca L. on 2/15/2021
    Caroline is a great instructor and the steps were easy to follow along. Challah was both beautiful and delicious; overall an excellent class!
  • Virtual Challah Baking

    Reviewed by Charles H. on 2/15/2021
    Great class, enthusiastic instructor. Bread came out really good. Recommend.
  • Virtual Challah Baking

    Reviewed by Saun E. on 2/15/2021
    She was organized friendly and knowledgeable...
  • Virtual Challah Baking

    Reviewed by Adrienne B. on 2/5/2021
    Had a lot of fun in this class and would love to take another from Caroline. For future classes, would be wonderful to have the weight measurements in the breakdown (received the recipe and needs beforehand-but not the gram measurement/weight until the class started!). Thank you Caroline-SO helpful to have the braiding talked through as well!
  • Virtual Challah Baking

    Anonymous review on 2/1/2021
    really fun. very easy to follow along . would love to take another one thanks
  • Virtual Challah Baking

    Reviewed by Paul H. on 12/16/2020
    Awesome. Bread turned out great. Now I have to bake for friends & neighbors.
  • Virtual Challah Baking

    Anonymous review on 12/15/2020
    Class was great. Instructor was terrific. Challah was delicious
  • Virtual Challah Baking

    Reviewed by jill C. on 12/14/2020
    she is terrific teacher!
  • Virtual Challah Baking

    Reviewed by Giovanna G. on 12/14/2020
    This class was such a great experience! Caroline was so nice and so helpful! She talked through every step and explained it so clearly and went over anything that people were confused on and answered all of my questions. If you are interested in taking this class, do it! It is so fun and a great investment!
  • Virtual Challah Baking

    Reviewed by Roseann M. on 12/7/2020
    Course instructor was very amiable. She explained the process concisely and stopped if anyone had a question. My first time making Challah bread and it came out great!
  • Virtual Challah Baking

    Anonymous review on 12/3/2020
    It was a most enjoyable experience, with a delicious challah at the end! Our instructor was friendly, helpful, clear and concise. She made a potentially complicated process seem simple and do-able.....thank you
  • Virtual Challah Baking

    Reviewed by Stan T. on 11/30/2020
    Excellent teacher. Spoke slowly and was very helpful implementing the recipe. Demonstration of technique was extremely good!!!
  • Virtual Challah Baking

    Reviewed by Joyce P. on 11/15/2020
    Caroline did a excellent job taking her time and going over each step needed to assure a terrific challah. Flavor of challah delicious. It’s not easy doing a virtual class but she made it simple.
  • Virtual Challah Baking

    Reviewed by Frances F. on 11/5/2020
    My challah turned out perfect so Caroline must have done a good job teaching! Caroline has a very pleasant teaching manner and explained things clearly. I didn't realize how easy it was to braid the bread- even my Jewish mother-in-law would have proud of my challah! Thanks Caroline!
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Virtual Challah Baking students highly commend instructor Caroline for her exceptional teaching style, knowledge, and friendliness, all of which made the class enjoyable and fruitful. Students noted that they successfully baked delicious and beautiful loaves of Challah as a result of the clear and easy-to-follow instructions provided in the class. Besides the practical baking skills, they also appreciated the rich history and cultural context of Challah shared during the class. Many students referred to feeling a sense of personal accomplishment and newfound confidence in their bread-baking abilities. The class was beneficial for beginners and experienced bakers alike, providing a fun, engaging, and informative experience. The consensus was overwhelmingly positive with many students expressing an eagerness to enroll in more classes. Selected insightful quotes from the reviews: 1. "Caroline was so nice and so helpful! She talked through every step and explained it so clearly and went over anything that people were confused about and answered all of my questions." 2. "The class gave me the confidence to bake my own challah. I was very impressed with both the recipe and the instructor's experience with making challahs." 3. "In many ways, virtual classes are better than in-person classes as the student is in his own kitchen with his own equipment. My challah resulted in a product that would make my grandma proud!"

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Question from Maureen J.
There is nothing about the amount of sun dried tomatos, basil, or chocolate chips if we go that route. Does anybody know?
Answer from anonymous
Hi! It's up to personal preference -- I use about a half cup of sundried tomato, a handful of basil leaves chopped finely, and a cup of chocolate chips when I choose to use those ingredients.
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Question from Maya C.
How many challas will come out from 9 cups of flour?
Answer from anonymous
Hi there! We will be making two challah loaves.
Answer from anonymous
Hi! You will get 2 large loaves of challah at the end of the course -- this is to ensure you can make one straight braid (loaf of bread shaped) and one circular (traditional challah is made this way). You are welcome to halve the recipe!
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What utensils/pans do I need?
Answer from Caroline W.
Hi! Great question - a medium to large sized bowl, a whisk, measuring cups and spoons, a pyrex or something similar for measuring out water, a medium to large sized baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper, a clean dry towel, more aluminum, or plastic wrap, a small bowl for our egg wash, a fork for scrambling the egg, and something to brush the egg (any kind of large paintbrush will do, or even the same fork!).
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Question from Barbara S.
Do you need a mixer with dough hook for the challah class or will we be mixing the dough by hand?
Answer from Caroline W.
We will be making and kneading the dough by hand, so no mixer required!
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Question from Anonymous
I have diabetes 2 TOTALLY diet controlled, no metformin. My question is: wheat flour is a big NO-NO, so I do a lot of substituting wheat flour. Have you used other flours, not JUST gluten-free? But coconut flour, bean flour, garbanzos flour, etc.
Answer from Caroline W.
Hi! Unfortunately, I can't provide a definitive answer for you because I haven't substituted flours for these alternatives. I would recommend doing online research, but I'm more than happy to lead you through the class with an alternative if you choose!
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Question from Gabrielle G.
Hello, we are all Gluten Sensitive Is it possible to make a Challah with gluten free flour?( one that doesn’t weigh 10 pounds.) Thank you Gabrielle
Answer from Caroline W.
Yes, absolutely! You can substitute gluten free flour during the class (we add flour in little by little so your challah won't get too dense or overfloured).
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