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My First Challah

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smartdog

My First Challah

I've been learning how to bake breads the past month or so (without much luck with the artisan bread types). BUT, today I decided to try my hand at a Challah. Here is the pictures of the results. Needless to say I am extremely happy with this recipe! Great "crust and crumb" on this one! I LOVE Challah, and this one tops any I've had from the bakeries.

and cut: (excuse the darkness)

Bryna
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tigressbakes

That is a beautiful Challah - it looks delicious!

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L_M

Smartdog,

You've done a wonderful job! I live in Israel so I believe that is really "the land of challah". They come in all different shapes and sizes with/without toppings, and some are sweeter than others.  Yours would fit in perfectly -  you should be very proud of yourself!

L_M

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smartdog

Ohhhh! Thank you SO much! Being as I am a new baker any compliments such as these humble me. :)

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browndog

beautiful bread---enjoy your success! The artisan breads can be a bugger, can't they? But you've done a really lovely job with your Challah.

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smartdog

Tell me about it! The first bread I made wouldn't rise...go figure. The yeast was dead! LOL Then I tried the ciabatta recipe from the BBA book, and it had NO HOLES!!! Turned to stone the second day and ended up being PIG fodder for my pot belly. LOL Even she had a hard time chewing that one. hahah Finally, I broke down and bought SAF yeast from KAF...there's no going back now. :)

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browndog

Well, I read THAT twice. At first I thought you were being unduly harsh with yourself...but you have a pet PIGGY? Hearty cheers! I realize this is almost totally off-topic, but you did say the pig eats bread..I want to know all about her.

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smartdog

Well, we live on an 88 acre farm with two horses, 4 pregnant red angus and 2 heifers and 2 steers. Three dogs (two australian shepherds and one shitzu) two cats, 2 rabbits, and one pot belly pig named "Snort" She's a real character! We adopted her and she was a house raised pig that was abandoned due to the original owner moving to an apartment. She's really one of the family, and craves tons of attention...and GOOD home cooked leftovers! LOL

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mountaindog

Welcome to the pack! Beautiful challah, makes me crave it, have not had some in a long time...it makes great French Toast also if you have any left over!