16 Feb2010

Challah Bread

by Marketman


Yes, that’s a nice loaf of challa bread spotted and purchased at the Salcedo Saturday Market last Saturday. It’s made with NO butter traditionally, but rather relies on egg yolks for richness. I was trying to convince myself that challah would be a healthier alternative to other butter based options, such as this wonderful brioche loaf, but in the end, I only had one slice toasted and consumed with kalamansi marmalade before smacking myself back into diet reality. At any rate, I thought this was a good deal at PHP180 or just under $4 for the loaf. I suspect it would be terrific as french toast, and I might make the rest of it into a bread pudding (less rich than this ensaimada version) for guests in a day or so…


I purchased it from the unusually named Ginang Bukid table at the Salcedo Market, and they had other baked goods on offer as well. They apparently have a permanent store at the Mazda Compound in Makati, call 474-2600 or 0916-286-0900 or ginangbukid.blogspot.com for more details.



  1. chinachix says:

    That looks really delish!

    Feb 16, 2010 | 8:27 pm


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  3. whackerZ says:

    Ginang Bukid = Mrs. Fields

    Feb 16, 2010 | 9:20 pm

  4. Tricia says:

    Off topic: I got to try Zubuchon today. A friend from Cebu got me the frozen ones and I just reheated it in my oven. Best pig ever nga! Normally, I only eat a little of the lechon laman(flesh) but this time the flesh part I ate a lot. Now I really regret not making it to the Cebu eyeball in 2008 hahaha

    Feb 16, 2010 | 9:48 pm

  5. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    Nice,….Very Nice!!!! Should make this for the weekend too.

    Feb 16, 2010 | 10:40 pm

  6. star says:

    My bf and I are big fans of their very rum cake – they weren’t kidding when they said “very”. :)

    Feb 16, 2010 | 11:31 pm

  7. frenchadobo says:

    mm where does challa bread come from ? we have a loaf here that looks almost the same called brioche tressé.

    Feb 17, 2010 | 12:32 am

  8. ECC says:

    Aha! Challah bread has been my specialty ever since I got the book “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day” recipe book. It is so easy to make — no kneading needed!

    Feb 17, 2010 | 1:37 am

  9. rosemarie says:

    Thanks, Challah is my fav bread. I prefer the ones from Eli’s Manhattan than Zaros. Even my cute pomeranian knows eli’s has the best challah bread. The photo looks so delish. But then again, maybe the one from gng bukid is good too.

    Feb 17, 2010 | 3:43 am

  10. Lilibeth says:

    I love challah bread! I didn’t know it was that rich though. No wonder it tastes so good.

    Feb 17, 2010 | 5:52 am

  11. Fran says:

    That first shot makes my mouth water and you’re right … Challah makes the BEST French Toast. Growing up my mom would actually let it soak up the milk overnight. The crust on Challah is that strong, although you have to be careful getting it into the pan. The only other bread that’s as good and durable is the Chestnut Panetone sold at Williams-Sonoma.

    The nice thing is that as the bread begins to go stale, it is a good way to “save” it.

    I’ve never made bread pudding using Challah, but I’m sure that would be another good use of it.

    Feb 17, 2010 | 7:03 am

  12. betty q. says:

    Artisan: if you have any leftover dough and pastry cream from your napoleons…make a Russian Chocolate Braid…dough rolled into rectangle, then spread with pastry cream and dotted with chocolate chips and rolled up then cut into two bastons and then braided…..soooooo good! ….and esp. paired with hot chocolate on cold, rainy nights!

    Feb 17, 2010 | 11:31 am

  13. Fabian M says:

    HI MM,

    I visit this stall every Saturday I happen to be in the market. It’s one of the better stalls there in my opinion. For a more healthful option, you can try their honey whole wheat or their multi-grain bread.

    – Fabian

    Feb 17, 2010 | 11:53 am

  14. Mom-Friday says:

    looks really good! I haven’t tried one yet…looks like a big Danish bread :) does it have some sweetness to it?

    Feb 17, 2010 | 12:30 pm

  15. Jim says:

    On a related note – don’t know if you’ve seen it, but there’s a new bakery on the ground floor of Greenbelt 5, on the terrace bit outside. Can’t remember the name, but it has a French origin.
    Anyway, I tried a sourdough loaf from there the other day and it was pretty good. The baguettes looked authentic too. Worth a look.

    Feb 17, 2010 | 1:41 pm

  16. j. says:

    Yes Challah is amazing as French Toast, but I love to mop up egg yolk with them when I have sunnyside up eggs. Frenchadobo, Challah is a traditional Jewish bread. My friends grandmother bakes a mean Challah, but when she’s not around the Challah they sell at Wholefoods works just as well- I think Trader Joe’s sells them as well. This is making me hungry!

    Feb 17, 2010 | 5:17 pm

  17. frenchadobo says:

    thanks j ! now i’m getting curious to taste this bread. though i’m not sure if i could find it in paris. i know there are some jewish communities around but not sure if there are some jewish bakeshops.

    Feb 17, 2010 | 5:55 pm

  18. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    BettyQ, That sounds delicioso! I’m not going to wait for left-overs…..hehehehe.

    Feb 17, 2010 | 9:56 pm

  19. NewYorker says:

    That challah looks delicious.
    @Rosemarie: Is the challah at Eli’s really that good? I know Eli’s bread and pastries is good (“The best, anyway you slice it” the man himself says). Have yet to try it and will splurge the $$$ for a loaf. I was going to buy a loaf once for bread pudding, but got sticker shock.

    Feb 20, 2010 | 3:03 am

  20. joey says:

    Agree with Fabian, this is a great stall at the market..their pan de sal is good too!

    MM, challah makes the BEST French toast in my humble opinion :) I’ve had really old challah sitting in the freezer for eons and I tried some slices as French toast and they were amazing! In fact, every time I pass by that big loaf of challah in Gng. Bukid’s stall I keep thinking of buying it, letting it get old, slicing it up an placing the slices in the feezer so I can have great French toast any time I want :) Then you know those blueberries from Baguio they also sell at the market? The ones that aren’t too sweet? Well you can make them into syrup and serve them with the French toast…divine (I’ve done this)! Wow, I’ve rambled…

    Feb 20, 2010 | 9:01 pm

  21. rosemarie says:

    @ new yorker: Yes! Eli’s challah is really very good! Try it and I swear you will crave for it. I just eat it plain with a cup of joe in the morning. also on a different note. I did not realize Payard has moved from Lex to Madison. I was craving for his macarons. Anyway, did you also try the roast chicken at Citarella? Its that good.
    @ MM: have you tried “little owl’ restaurant in the village? It was highly recommended by a family friend in the Philippines who happens to have a restaurant there in Pasong Tamo, Mkt. we tried little owl – very quaint and food was very good. We were lucky they had truffles fresh from Umbria that night. MM, thanks for your site.

    Feb 23, 2010 | 4:44 am

  22. anne says:

    Hi MM, I read your post on the challah bread but what caught our attention is your mention of calamansi marmalade! mmmm i grew up in the philippines but have never heard of this! is this a new product on the market? where could i pick some up around manila? and is there an organic version?

    Feb 26, 2010 | 1:46 am

  23. Marketman says:

    anne, I make my own kalamansi marmalade, but it’s not for sale.

    Feb 26, 2010 | 8:38 am

  24. anne says:

    wow thank you for the link to your post on making kalamansi marmalade MM! i will give that a try while i am in manila (i don’t think we get any kalamansi here in cincinnati, even with international grocery, jungle jim’s, in the area)

    Feb 27, 2010 | 7:25 am

  25. eric says:

    You can buy delicious challah bread online at http://challahnmore.com
    Thank you

    Mar 3, 2010 | 5:01 am

  26. Candygirl says:

    GB = Mrs. Field’s. Funny and catchy name!

    Mar 23, 2010 | 3:36 pm


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