As we all get back into our normal post Passover routine (whatever that is!) there is an age old custom to make “Shlissel” (Key) Challah as a Segulah (omen) for livelihood. This year, I added caramel coloring to part of my dough to give a new “twist” to this ancient Minhag.
What you will need:
- 5 lbs challah dough
- Caramel coloring (available in baking supply stores)
- Keys (optional)
Directions for using caramel coloring:
Add 2 1/2 Tbsp caramel coloring to half of the challah dough. Mix well in a mixer until color is evenly distributed.
Here are some variations that I’ve done over the years:
1) Braid as usual and add an actual key. (I picked up these adorable decorative keys in Michaels)
Tip: If you are using an actual key, cover with silver foil for sanitary purposes.
2) Braid challah as usual, then add a key-shaped challah on top.
3) Create the challah in the shape of a key. Shabbat Shalom! For more recipes using caramel coloring check out the two-tone-bread-skewer