This month’s daring bakers challenge was to make challah – a bread that I’ve eaten many times but had never made myself. The recipe itself is pretty simple – calling for the standard baking ingredients – flour, yeast, honey etc. The interesting part comes in when you need to shape the bread – which is traditionally braided. There are multiple methods for this but I went with the simplest – separating the dough into three, rolling a snake out of each piece, and then making a three stranded braid. Can’t say I’ve ever braided dough before (and honestly it’s been years since I last braided hair) but the process went through without a hitch. The challah browned nicely in the oven and made for a great loaf. I’ve frozen the leftovers and hope to make french toast with it later this month so stay tuned for that recipe!
Daring Bakers May 2012 – Challah