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My first circular braided loaf ("Crown loaf")

kitcar's picture

My first circular braided loaf ("Crown loaf")

I decided to experiment a little today, and attempt a new "style" of loaf - the crown loaf, also known as circular braided chala.

Thank goodness for youtube - no shortage of video tutorials there to lead me in the right direction.

It was a lot easier to braid then I thought, and I'm really happy with the results!

The only thing I would change next time is the top of the loaf got dried out during the proofing stage because I didn't have any cover on it, and I think that resulted in a little cracking in the braids before baking as a result. 

And of course, the final product! (It has an eggwash to enable the sesame seeds to stick to it)

grind's picture

That looks beautiful.  I would get severely lost in that maze ...

dabrownman's picture

6 strand braid since that is the only one I can do from memory.  I love the color you got too.  Not too dark!  Nice baking.

The stupid spell checker says I should replace challah with Allah!  

mariana's picture

wow! beautiful!

studiowi33's picture

Braids are so elegant.

Thanks for the great pics.