The perception that challah is a Shabbat bread, made and eaten on Friday to celebrate with family around the Shabbat table is accurate. Challah used to be a festive bread to mark the end of the week. It's an enriched dough, meaning a basic dough with the addition of fat - oil (replaceable with butter) and eggs, providing the dough with a richer flavor and texture.
Now, back to our mini challah story; mini challahs have always been my go-to bread for sandwiches after pita. They are available in any bakery in Israel throughout the week, unrelated to the specific day. While the big challahs typically make their appearance on weekends, the mini challahs shine as school sandwich heroes, stuffed with sour cream, omelette, and sliced veggies.