In preparation for the first Shabbos after Passover, many Jewish women (mostly of Eastern European descent) have the lovely custom of baking challahs in the shape of keys, or baking challah with a key placed under the loaves or in the pan. I've done all of these versions, but have settled on the idea of making the challahs in the actual shape of a key, as you can guess!
I am rushing to clean up the kitchen and still do some more household tasks, but I had to share these photos with you, in case you too will grab some moments of precious time for this fabulous custom. And if you'd like to learn more about the Jewish women's mitzvah of "taking challah", there's plenty of info out there, or drop me a line!
I took this photo with my nine year old dressed in his shabbos best just as he was running out, and am posting this photo now, after the key challahs were devoured and a beautiful shabbos has come to an end, Shavua Tov !
P.S: Key shaped challahs are quite fragile at the neck, so handle carefully or they can break easily. Good thing I made two, this is the one that survived intact!