All accounts I read about taking Challah refer to pounds or kilos of flour used.

Here’s my question: How do these amounts translate into actual loaves of bread? (As a non-baker, those kilos etc don’t mean anything to me.)

If I bake one loaf of challah (the size of an average store-bought challah), is that enough to take Challah? If not, two loaves?

Can someone put this in loaf terms?

Thank you!!

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    "Loaf" is not a well defined unit, especially since dough can rise a lot or a little depending on a myriad of factors
    – Double AA
    Commented May 21 at 1:14
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    It's impossible to know ,since every loaf is shaped differently and weighs a different amount . It goes based off the flour amount,just for example ,if you baked a small challah only chances are you aren't required, but of you made a very large challah for a wedding than certainly it would be the required amount, that is why loaf amount isn't a good measuring example
    – sam
    Commented May 21 at 1:17
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The New York Times Challah recipe uses 8 cups of flour and makes two loaves.

1 lb of all-purpose flour has a typical volume of 3.66 cups, ergo the Times recipe calls for ~2.2 lbs = ~ 1kg of flour.

The Star-K notes that there is definitely no obligation to take off challah from a dough less than 2.6 lbs of flour, or approximately 8.67 cups.

The New York Times recipe yields two decent-sized challahs, and is below the threshold.

  • 8 cups and 8.67 cups is pretty close. Settling may account for the difference. Note you used 1lb:3.66cups but the StarK is assuming 2.6lbs:8.67==1lbs:3.33cups
    – Double AA
    Commented May 21 at 12:14
  • @mbloch I assume she is taking challah with a blessing, which requires nearly 5lb of flour, not 2.6. For 2.6lb of flour, you'd take challah without making a blessing.
    – Esther
    Commented May 21 at 19:22
  • @Esther yes you are right of course
    – mbloch
    Commented May 22 at 3:07

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