Challah

The next bread in the BBA challenge was Challah (pronounced like halla). The easiest way to remember this is Holla for Challah. Challah is a traditional Jewish bread and was usually made so as to use up all the yeast in the home before holy days. Challah is usually made in one long braid, but for special celebrations they make what is called a celebration loaf, which is a larger loaf with a small loaf attached to the top. Here is a celebration loaf (this is not my picture – just one I found online):

This bread was relatively simple to make and only took one day. It had a nice taste and made decent toast, but it was just a little to plain for my liking. Of all the breads I’ve made so far this has been my least favorite. The dough did not come together as nicely as most of the other doughs, but is did bake well. Will I be making this bread again? Not likely unless I am hosting a Jewish celebration of sorts for some one.

flour, yeast, and salt

flour, yeast, and salt

eggs and milk

eggs and milk

Dough before kneading

Dough before kneading

After kneading and preparing for the first rise.

After kneading and preparing for the first rise.

after rising

after rising

Braided and ready for the final rise.

Braided and ready for the final rise.

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I think they baked up nicely.

I think they baked up nicely.

Next up in the challenge: ciabatta.

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One response to “Challah

  1. mylifebydesign

    maybe you should plan a jewish celebration soon….my batmitzvah is coming up šŸ™‚ haha

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