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If two challahs are braided and baked together on one pan, and before they are completely baked, they have stuck together, do I have one challah or two? i.e. can I separate them and still have two challahs for lechem mishneh?

The same question would apply to store-bought challah rolls that come in a six pack where all six are stuck together.

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    related (and the question there kind of answers this one): judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/1055/…
    – jake
    Apr 28, 2013 at 21:34
  • See Tevul Yom 1:1
    – Double AA
    Apr 28, 2013 at 21:52
  • Possibly also relevant: Pesachim 48b, "ככרות של בבל שנושכות זו מזו".
    – Fred
    Apr 28, 2013 at 23:45
  • This was discussed, with regard to matzos backed in a large sheet, on (IIRC) Hirhurim. Will search. May 1, 2013 at 19:25

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You have two challot.

R Simcha Bunim Cohen writes in The radiance of Shabbos (p. 77)

Loaves that become attached during baking may be separated and are still considered whole for the purpose of lechem mishne

In the footnote he refers to Machatzit Hashekel 174:1

Similarly Shmirat Shabbat KeHilchata 55:4:6 writes

Two loaves which became stuck together whilst being baked may be used as lechem mishneh, even if they are still attached to each other.

However there is a view which disputes this and holds that one must first separate them.

In the event that one separates them from each other, and they remain whole, they are indeed considered whole loaves, even if one can tell they were joined together. Where part of one loaf remains stuck to the other, it is well to remove the piece, so that the loaf to which it is stuck should indeed look whole.

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  • It sounds from his wording like this is only where the attachment was incidental. "Pull apart challa" loaves would not be included
    – Double AA
    Oct 21, 2021 at 13:52

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