Challah Mummy plants seeds for 7th Great Jewish Bake Day

16 May 2019

The Challah Mummy, Allegra Benitah, together with her Challah Children, Ezekiel, 5, and Neroli, 3, started early preparations for Jewish Care’s 7th Great Jewish Bake Day by planting seedlings with residents at Jewish Care’s Betty and Asher Loftus Centre.

Nurtured by staff and residents at the Centre, Allegra hopes that over the coming weeks the seedlings develop into fully grown courgettes, tomatoes and strawberries in time to bake some great, healthy challahs at one of the charity’s intergenerational Bake Day activities.

Allegra says, “My children and I were delighted to spend a sunny afternoon planting seedlings with the charming residents at the Betty and Asher Loftus centre. We are so looking forward to visiting the residents soon and seeing how the plants are growing. I love baking with fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables we grow at home. I hope to be able to fill my Challahs with some of the residents’ harvest too at the start of the summer for Bake Day.”

Also getting stuck into the Bake Day planting with the residents was Emma, with her son, Callum Livingstone, 5 whose great grandpa, ‘Pappa Joe’, is a resident at Lady Sarah Cohen House in the Betty and Asher Loftus Centre. Callum said, “I like choosing my own plants and putting in the soil best.”

This year’s Bake Day will take place on Wednesday 3rd July bringing members of the community of all ages together to help to raise funds for the charity to support older, isolated members of our community.

Other star bakers involved include chef and cookery writer, Denise Phillips, Masterchef finalist, Emma Spitzer as well as cake-maker to the stars, Cakes by Rachel Rachel, who will lead the way in creating fun intergenerational baking sessions. Children from schools, cheders, shuls, cubs and brownies and youth groups will be baking with older members of the community from care home residents and community centre members, with volunteers and staff in the run up to Bake Day.

 The 7th Great Jewish Bake Day is designed to suit every taste and level of ability. As well as traditional cake and bread recipes, the charity will be sharing a range of great healthy, gluten free, sugar free, vegan recipes for the community to try out and help everyone to get involved and enjoy baking and tasting for a great cause.

 Adam Overlander-Kaye, Jewish Care’s Director of Fundraising and Community Engagement says, “We are delighted that the Challah Mummy and Challah Children have helped us to plant the seeds of another fantastic Great Jewish Bake Day for people of all ages to get together through baking. So, start planning your Bake Day activities now and invite all your friends to come and unite over food. Community, on your marks, get set - bake!”

 To find out more about Bake Day, contact and 020 8922 2834.