I like to make challah, but really hate the braiding part. Is it possible to simply put dough in a loaf pan and attain decent results?
Why don't you try it and report back to us how it worked?
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Hamelman and, iirc, Reinhart, state that you can make challah with any combination of braided or unbraided and in a pan or free standing. Other posters here have also offered the same advice in the past.
Thank you. I will make it more often, using the much easier bread pans. I have some Jewish friends for whom I will still braid it, but that is special.
Being particularly interested in bread braiding I would like to ask you, for didactic purposes, to please expound a bit on the reasons why you don't like braiding dough
* too much work forming the ropes?
* haven't been able to learn the braiding moves?
It's much easier to prepare in a bread pan but unless you practice your hand at braiding you can't expect to master the art. You don't say what type of braid you've worked with but a three element braid is really quite easy and still makes a very nice presentation.
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You can certainly bake challah dough as a simple pan bread, but you can also make pan challah like a brioche nanterre. You divide the dough into 3 or 6 pieces and shape each piece as a roll. Then place them in your pan either in 1 row of 3 or two rows of 3, proof and bake.
See NYBakers/Norm's Book - Recipe Tests
I've done Maggie Gleazer's rolled up sun shape. That's three strands coiled and crossed in the middle. Looks more complicated than it is!
That's really nice Zeb; quite festive. I hadn't seen it before. Thanks for sharing. I see how it was done and I think I'll try that soon.
Flourwater hi, thanks back ! I've had a look to see if I had any other photos and I have this one before it went in the oven that shows the layout of the coils a bit more clearly. In case anyone else wants a go. I think the strands were about 250g each. I made it at New Year.
Thank you, all you wonderful people who responded. I am going the loaf pan route to enjoy that wonderful Challah bread, but for special occasions I will braid: I read that for the Jewish Rosh Hashanah, a round braid is done! Maybe by then I will hav mastered the straight braided version.
kind. Challah is braided. if it isn't braided it is just bread.
Isn't half the fun of baking challah in the braiding? I'm also mystified by those who use the bread machine so they don't have to knead. I suppose it's a quicker way to have fresh bread, but kneading sure is fun and therapeutic!