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Challah braid.... reminds me of braiding my daughter's hair!

Jo_Jo_'s picture

Challah braid.... reminds me of braiding my daughter's hair!

The crumb was wonderful and the bread tastes great. The crust is flaky crisp, and this is definitely a bread I will be making more often. The best "wonder" bread I have ever had.


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I totally forgot to take pictures till I moved my dough to the greased bowl to rise. Here is is about 15 minutes after it started it's first rise.  I mixed the dough in my kitchenaid, using my dough hook.  It was pretty wet and sticky so I gave it a half hour autolyse, then kneaded the dough for 6 minutes.  It then formed into a really nice handling dough.

Twice the size and ready to be split for braiding.

Made it into a rough split, then allowed to rest for 10 minutes.

Rolled out into thin ropes for braiding.  I made them to long for a single loaf, so cut them into two pieces for two loaves.

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One braided, the other half way done.  The dough was easy to handle, and braided very easily.

All finished braiding, ready for proofing.  They took 75 minutes to proof.

Almost done and ready for baking, they are looking pretty good so far.

I baked these at 350* for 45 minutes on my pizza stone, which worked really well.  They looked and smelled really good when I pulled them from the oven and covered them with the flour sack towels to cool for a couple hours.  I was way to much in a hurry while making these, so I think that effected the entire shaping and braiding process.  The other's loaves are so much nicer looking then mine, but I will have plenty of opportunity to try this again when I am not feeling so rushed. 

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earth3rd's picture

Looks real nice... I'll have to give this a try.

highmtnpam's picture

doesn't say "ouch!"   Lovely bread.


Jo_Jo_'s picture

Lol, I used to french braid my daughters hair almost every day.  I miss those days, but the mind plays funny tricks on you and you don't remember the ouches so much after you haven't done it for a long time! 

I really liked this loaf of bread, and will definitely make it the next time I am craving a white loaf of bread.  The kind you would use to make french toast, or a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich on.  Guess that put's it on the kids favorite's list....