“It’s like cake!” is the standard exclamation whenever someone tries my mom’s challah for the first time. Now it’s a bit of a family joke to be the first one to shout it out at Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Over the decades, my mom has become rightly famous for her large, round, sugar- topped loaves. She, along with her friend Marlene, makes challahs for about 20 households of family and friends who now expect this annual gift. Mom and Marlene wouldn’t have it any other way.