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Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Chacons.

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dabrownman

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Chacons.

With Thanksgiving coming in a week, Lucy thought that it would be a fine challenge to have folks make a centerpiece Chacon for the table and post it here.  We extend it to Christmas and New Years too!  So give it you best shot and lets see all the cool designs!  Happy baking Fresh Lofians

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Lazy Loafer

Hmmmm, our Thanksgiving has come and gone already. However, a friend of mine with Ukrainian roots usually hosts a Christmas dinner in January, and if she does that again and I am able to go, I'll offer to make the kolach again. Will that count? :)

Wendy

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dabrownman

in Canada so we will call it a Holiday Chacon and include Christmas and why not New Years too!!  i I will change the title

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isand66

I'm in Virginia, on the way to NC for our annual Turkey Day visit.  I'm in for Chistmaka!

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cfraenkel

Google was no help to me in figuring out what a chacon was.  Now I need to know. Help?

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dabrownman

will give a bunch of ideas.  Remember that if the dough s too wet it will not bloom the way you want.For white bread I use 71% hydration and for the one below that was 20% whole grain it was 75% but I added bench flour as I shaped the design parts in the bottom of the basket to make sure they would separate properly and take the tacky part of the surface away.  Her is a picture of a design in the bottom before the 2/3 remainder went on top

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dabrownman

by dividing the dough int 1/3 to 2/3'rds parts using the 1/3 [part to make the design.  The one shown has a knotted roll in the cent of the basket bottom and 8 small balls surrounding it with the 2/3 d part of the dough to cover.  You let the dough proof and then it is removed from the basket and baked un-scored.  When it bakes it puffs itself up into the the design you create.  I have used braids, balls, knotted rolls, ropes, twisted ropes, split twisted ropes and who knows what else to make all kinds of fun designs over the years.  They make spectacular centerpieces for special cccasions that you can eat!