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keeping the challah braid even

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theprudenttart's picture
theprudenttart

keeping the challah braid even

Any tips for keeping the challah braid even during the final proof?

Here's the link to how I made the loaf. It looked even when I braided it, but after the final proof, one side rose more than the other.

 

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golgi70

Looks like you didn't get that final end sealed and that's where it came loose.  When i get to the ends I like to pinch real well and then tuck them under a bit allowing the weight of the loaf to hold the pinched ends down through proofing.

 Also looks like the dough could have been developed a bit further.  Since this is straight dough with a relatively quick bulk ferment and no folds it needs full gluten development.  I'd also shorten the bulk ferment to 1 maybe 1 1/2 hours as from the looks it may have been ready to shape sooner.  With a stronger dough shaped at the right time you'll have an easier time shaping and when it rises you'll get more of an upwards than outwards movement.  Or at least a better balance of the two.  I'll bet it tastes great though.  Hope this is helpful and good luck with your challah.

Josh

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Antilope

Braiding Challah Bread with Ciril Hitz

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUZEz4elX8E

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Antilope

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JennyD05

I find that multi-strand challah loaves rise more evenly than do three-stranded ones.  I generally make six-stranded challah; here's the braiding method I use: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/2012/03/09/shaping-braids-6-strands-without-using-6-hands/

Second, I think it's crucial to roll out the ropes, rather than pull on them to make them longer.  For me, at least, this often means rolling them out to about 6-8 inches, then letting them rest for a few minutes, then rolling them out further.  But if I get impatient and pull on them, the resulting loaf just doesn't look as nice.

As I have learned many a time, though, even cockeyed challah is delicious.  I'm sure yours was as well!

 

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theprudenttart

And thanks for the helpful link.