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 found myself hooked on Challah baking.
For years, when my recipe read: 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 FINE Baking.
Today, we are BestDressedBread.com. We feature a growing gallery of fresh and evolving design options. Most exciting, because each dough cover is printed individually — especially for you, we can offer designs that you personalize yourself!
The Challah Dough Cover is that hard-to-find gift that is both practical and beautiful. It is the perfect Bridal Shower, Mother’s Day, Thank You, Chanukah, 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.
ARTISAN DOUGH COVERS.
While originally inspired purely by Challah, we recognize that anyone who appreciates the art of fine baking would enjoy a beautiful cover for their rising dough as well. Discover our growing collection of Artisan Dough Covers for bread 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. Find our Artisan Rising Dough Covers HERE.
Bake the World a Better Place.
We feel that our meals are not complete unless there is enough to go around. Since our beginning and in the true spirit of Challah, Best Dressed Bread continues to donate HALF of all our dough cover profits to help those in need put bread on their tables too. (Yad Eliezer). Read more about this endeavor HERE.
wholesale orders welcome!
Many designs don't require personalization. Judaica Stores have found them to be very popular as quick & easy Bat Mitzvah, Bridal Shower, Hostess, or anytime gifts. Please email us for wholesale pricing.
PLANNING A BAT MITZVAH OR CHALLAH BAKE?...
We've got you covered! 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. We will even create a totally new custom design for your order of 75 or more. Have something extraordinary in mind for a really large crowd? We'd love to hear about it. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and let's get started!
Goldie Shulman is the mother of 6 lively kids 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 10th printing. Between articles and inventions, and in order to pay tuition, Goldie works full-time in the Graphic Design field. She created BestDressedBread.com — another Challah-related escapade to tie together all three of her passions: challah, writing, and design.
Dough Covers MAY 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 YOUR dough before covering with cloth to keep it looking NEW.