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My First Bake!

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ensalter

My First Bake!

Hi there fresh loafers,


I just joined this community yesterday, while anxiously waitin for my first ever yeast bread to ferment and proof! Since hanukkah starts today at sundown, with sabbat, i was excited to try out a challah bread. I didn't get too ambitious with the braiding, and stuck to a 3 piece braid but i was more than thrilled with the results! Since i have an intolerance to modern wheat protein, i used 100% spelt flour (a mix of whole and light unbleached). I took the recipe from "Second Helpings Please!" and adapted slightly - i traded the sugar for honey and the wheat for spelt. This made a very wet, sticky dough so i had to add (what seemed like a lot) of extra flour to make a firmer dough, but with each rise it seemed to form a more workeable dough... now onto the pictures!



it turned out wonderfully- a nice honey sweetness, light flaky texture (which i have never managed to find with storebought spelt which tends to be really dense) and a wonderful nutty flavour from the spelt.



mmm



I am an avid kitchen enthusiast, and work at a cafe, dealing with almost 100% organic ingredients and as local as possible (depending on the time of year, obviously here in canada). I look forward to learning more about bread-making and realy getting my hands dirty trying new things!


best to all in this challah-day season!


en

Comments

Marni's picture
Marni

It so nice when things turn out even better than we expect.  Your braiding is terrific - you're sure you've never done this?


Happy Chanukah!


Marni

Floydm's picture
Floydm

Welcome to the site!  That is a wonderful looking bread.


I hope you have a wonderful Hanukkah.

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SylviaH

And a special congratulations for a first time bake!  Welcome to TFL and thank you for sharing.


Sylvia

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ensalter

thanks sylvia! looking forward to sharing more...

smasty's picture
smasty

Congrats on your first bake!  You did such a lovely job!  You'll become addicted now to baking bread.

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ensalter

i can feel the addiction starting... already desiring to be baking more bread, and craving the fancy tools to do so!


en

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ques2008

don't you love braiding?  when i first went into bread making, one of my dreams was to make a challah.  i have since made a dozen.  it gets easier as you make them more often.


congrats, and yes, happy hannukah!

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ensalter

thank you and happy hanukkah to you too!


i desperately want to learn fancier braids now, and play with other kinds of shaped breads

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jannrn

For your first time, that is REALLY impressive!! I bet it tastes even better than it looks!! I have never tried a Challah but am really wanting to take the plunge!! Beautiful Bread!! By the way....is that Poppy seed on it??

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ensalter

SO delicious! you should try it! jump in! (if you can find a copy of "Second Helpings Please!" get it... it's the quintessential jewish cookbook)


Yes it is poppyseed - there would have been more but about two minutes after i eggwashed and put the bread into the oven i realized that i forgot to put poppyseeds on so i ran into the kitchen and tossed some on the bread (somewhat frantically)


en