In Jewish Holiday Baking, adapted from his Breaking Breads, Uri Scheft shares key classic holiday baking recipes like challah and babka—and provides his creative twists on them as well, showing how bakers can do the same easily at home. But the book is not limited to breads alone. Holiday sweets, whether chocolate‑filled babka, poppyseed hamantaschen, or fruit-filled sufganiyot, are recipes of dessert-lovers’ dreams. And with the addition of traditional Middle Eastern breads like kubaneh and jachnun, this collection of holiday recipes from master baker Scheft becomes an indispensable resource. The instructions are detailed and the photos explanatory so that anyone can make Scheft’s Chocolate and Orange Confit Challah, Za’atar Twists, and Jerusalem Bagels for their next Seder or Apple Hamantaschen for Purim.
About the Author
Uri Scheft runs Tel Aviv’s Lehamim Bakery, which has been in operation since 2001. He is also the founder of Breads Bakery in New York City, which gained an immediate cult following when it opened in 2014. Born in Israel to Danish parents, Scheft grew up in both Israel and Denmark and divides his time between Israel and the United States.
Raquel Pelzel’s work has been featured in Saveur, the Wall Street Journal, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Shape, and Epicurious, among many others. Formerly an editor at Cook’s Illustrated and the senior food editor and test kitchen director for Tasting Table, Pelzel has written more than 20 cookbooks and has judged Food Network shows including Chopped Junior and Beat Bobby Flay. Pelzel lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her two sons.