Monday, June 22, 2009

Challah



This week's Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge was Challah, a bread that is often associated with the Hebrew Faith. This is a fast bread in comparison to many we have been doing of late. It took about 4 hours start to finish. It is also a truly BEAUTIFUL bread. I am not doing the step by step photos of the dough process, as this one is quite basic. It is a bread with egg and a little oil, but it was easy to handle and shape.


I choose to do the double braid, in which there is a larger lower braid and a smaller one atop it. You actually start the braid from the middle.


The bread, once formed is given an egg yolk wash and topped with sesame seeds. It is then baked until golden brown and shiny.


The bread tastes great with a bit of butter or jam and I am looking forward to serving it to dinner guests this evening.



10 comments:

susies1955 said...

Just beautiful. You did great.
Love your photos as always.
Susie

haleysuzanne said...

Gorgeous challah - perfectly golden. Nice work!

Devany said...

Thanks Haley and Susie,

We had company for dinner last night and everyone enjoyed it. I sent the leftover loaf home with our guests. I am ready for some more rustic breads!

Janice said...

Hi Devany -

Gorgeous loaf! I, too, am ready for rustic, however. My ciabatta is on its last rise right now, and I can hardly wait for that simple water, flour, yeast, salt magic to happen.

Sara said...

Awesome braiding ! What a gorgeous loaf. :)

The Missing Piece said...

Wow! Love the braid. It's beautiful!

Nico said...

very good job!!!! that is an pretty good bread

ATigerInTheKitchen said...

Your challah was just gorgeous. Beautiful braid!

Chef Thomas Minchella said...

I bet it makes a great stuffed French toast!!

Carrie Rojo said...

Devany, this one is so beautiful and I can see it with melting butter! Well done!!!
Carrie