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Hot Challah

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Hot Challah

I have routinely started my Challah below 400 degrees and baked about 30 - 40 minutes until internal temp. reached a minimum of 180 degrees.  Tried an experiment yesterday with good results; thought I'd share the details.

Preheated oven to 550 degrees with stone on middle rack.  Used parchment paper to load the braided loaf onto the stone, closed the oven and baked five minutes.  Then, opened the oven door to second notch, reduced heat to 350, and allowed the oven to cool as the bread continued to bake.  When the actual oven temperature reached 350, closed the oven and finished baking to about 190 degrees internal temp.  (came up to temp. in shorter time than expected).   Cooled on rack one hour before slicing.

Results:  Amazing oven spring, pefect browning, nice open crumb.  I'd love to have some pictures but it disappeared (this family loves bread) with dinner last night and french toast this morning.

 

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CoffeeBreadHead

Great post!

Thanks for sharing - I could almost smell the bread :)

CoffeeBreadHead
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nycbaker11

Thank you for sharing, what do you mean by oven door open to the second notch? Also, do you have pics to share? ok, that was 2 questions :)

 

Ray

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flournwater

#1  The door to my oven opens in three phases.  Slightly open (ajar) it has a place where it stops and holds itself.  Open it a bit further and there's a second stop (notch) where it will remain open unassisted.  The next position, completely open, is that last in the three phases.

#2  Sorry, no pictures.  I am disappointed (but not entirely unhappy) that my family gobbled it down so quickly.  I'll do my best to post a pic. next time I make this wonderful bread.

 

 

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I tried to access your site flournwater.com and could not with I.E. or firefox.  Your site might be down (Just FYI)

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Sorry for not having taken that data off the account file.  I closed the site a while ago.  Will take care of eliminating that link.  Thanks for the heads up.