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My first Challah

ashariel's picture

My first Challah

I'm a novice baker who makes sandwich-style loaves for the household (and occasionally a free-formed loaf for special occasions), but this is my first challah and braided loaf. I used the Challah recipe in the Bread Baker's Apprentice.

Challah, from the BBA recipe

I messed up a bit on the four-strand braiding, but I'm sure it tastes just fine. It's cooling in the kitchen right now.


browndog's picture

No mess-up from this angle--what a lovely braid.

Rock's picture


I've seen much less pro looking loaves coming from people that make their livings doing this.

My wife asked why I can't make great looking bread like that, I blamed it on the fact that she won't buy butter and eggs! That should hold her for now.


Dave W's picture
Dave W

Looks pretty good to me, we messed up big style on a six strander out of the La Brea bread book, mind you we had had a few drinks before hand! but tasted good anyhow.

Well done.


Dave W

weavershouse's picture

You did a fine job with your challah, it's beautiful.                                                                           weavershouse

holds99's picture

Your challah is looking Good, VERY GOOD...In fact it looks like a picture right out of a cookbook.  Nice going.


zolablue's picture

You sure did a beautiful job. Isn't it a fun bread to make! Seems like an extra reward with that lovely braiding that springs after the bake and is so decorative.

ashariel's picture

Thanks to everyone for the kind comments. There's just a heel of it left in the house now, enough for two good slices of French toast tomorrow morning.