the origin of our challah dough cover
Whenever my grandmother, or ‘Bobbie’ as I called her, baked challah, she would make a small dough ‘bird’ just for me. This was simply a knot of dough with a shorter end for the beak, a longer end for the tail and two carefully placed raisin eyes. It never looked quite as bird-like when it was baked, but the gesture was one of pure grandmotherly love and I was hooked on Challah baking from an early age.
For years, when my recipe said: Cover dough with a cloth and set aside until doubled in bulk, I grabbed any clean kitchen towel for the job. One Friday, over a decade ago, I had a novel idea. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a cloth designed especially for this purpose. A pretty cloth draped over the bowl of rising dough on the kitchen counter would also add a touch of beauty to the uniquely women’s Mitzvah of Challah baking. With time, love & labor, the Challah Dough Cover was born. When released, the Challah Dough Cover won the New-Product-of-the-Year award at Kosherfest. It was available in one design, with a choice of 3 colors.
The Art of Baking.
Since then the world has evolved and so has the Challah Dough Cover. Today, Best Dressed Bread™ has partnered with Zazzle®, a leader in Print-on-Demand technology. This means that your Dough Cover is printed only once you place your order. This production model allows us to feature a growing gallery of fresh and evolving design options. Most exciting, because your dough cover is printed especially for you, we can offer designs that you can personalize.
The Challah Dough Cover is that hard-to-find gift that is both practical and beautiful. It is perfect for a Wedding Shower, Mother’s Day, Thank You or Hostess Gift. The Challah Dough Cover makes a meaningful memento for Community Challah-Bake Events, and is a unique Bat Mitzvah Present or take-home favor.
GET YOUR PARTY ON. Attention Party Planners...
We'd be happy to customize one of our designs to match your Party's color scheme. Send your guests home with a beautiful memory that they will actually use! Genius takes time - so plan ahead and order early. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can even create a totally new custom design for orders of 75 or more.
Have something really special in mind for a really large crowd? We'd love to hear about it. Email and let's get started!
ARTISAN DOUGH COVERS.
While it was inspired purely by Challah, we recognize that anyone who appreciates the art of fine baking will enjoy a beautiful cover for their rising dough as well. So we are pleased to offer a growing set of designs for artisan bakers everywhere. Many of these designs can be personalized, perfect for your own kitchen or as a gift for the special bakers in your life.
Bake the World a Better Place.
Because we feel that our meals are not complete unless there is enough to go around, and in the true spirit of Challah, Best Dressed Bread has committed to donate not just a small piece, but half of all dough cover profits to help those in need put bread on their tables too.
Goldie Shulman is the mother of 6 lively children who B”H provide ample material for her occasional humorous contributions to various Jewish publications. She is the inventor of the Challah Dough Cover and the author of the children's book Way Too Much Challah Dough from Hachai, now in its 7th printing. Between articles and inventions, and in order to pay tuition, Goldie works full time in the Graphic Design field. She has recently launched BestDressedBread.com — another Challah related escapade that ties together all 3 of her passions: challah, writing and design.
Dough Covers should be washed/gentle cycle in cold water and hung to dry before first use, OR if you prefer, always spread a plastic bag or wrap over dough before covering with cloth to keep it looking NEW.