Friday, October 31, 2008

BBB: Challah


So I've definitely made challah before. But it's always been that oh-so-boring three strand loaf. And as wonderful as challah is, and as wonderful as it is when turned into french toast, I just don't make it that often. So when Sara of i like to cook picked challah from the New York Times Bread and Soup Cookbook for October's Bread Baking Babes, I knew I needed to be a buddy this month. You see, the recipe was different from my normal one, and it required stacking of braids upon braids. I could just see potential disaster. Disaster makes good blog fodder, ya know?


Unlike my standard recipe, this one doesn't call for any milk and calls for more eggs instead. It also uses instant yeast (which I didn't know existed until a year or so ago - please don't laugh!). And even better? The aforementioned stacking of braids. I'm pretty fumblefingered, so I'm mostly glad she didn't require us to braid a six stranded loaf - now that would have been entertaining!


And as you can see, this wasn't too much of a disaster. The top braid sort of slid a little off, so it's not perfectly on top, but I'm not a really nitpicky baker. Because, well, as long as it tastes good, who cares? And the wonderfully brown crust from the enriched dough and the egg wash doesn't hurt either. Seriously, is there a more beautiful sight?


We'll just ignore the fact that I took these pictures and included my bread knife in them. My bread knife and I, well, we're having a bit of a disagreement lately. You see, it decided to take a liking to my fingers, and I now have a very large gash in one finger that has made me sorta lose feeling in the tip of it. So that nasty knife has been stuck in the drawer until it can contain its murderous feelings. It's probably safer for the both of us.

PS - I'm sendng this off to Susan's weekly YeastSpotting. Every week, there are more breads that I find I need to bake, and I believe I should contribute to the general widening of everyone's hips out there too. Sharing is caring!

30 comments:

kim said...

that is such a pretty braid!! i hope your finger is doing better... yikes :-/

Cristine said...

What a pretty braid! And thanks for sharing that link to yeastspotting... although it could prove to be dangerous! :)

vibi said...

I'm baffled! This has to be the most beautiful Challah I've ever seen! Not even in stores, do they sell it so nice! WOW, what a beaut!

Natashya said...

Beautiful Challah! I love the long, sleek braid. Great work, fellow buddy! Ps, your knife is also very nice, even though it is evil.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Well, shucks Caitlin the entire top fell off one of my loaves. I find your slightly side to side top very fetching! It really is beautiful!

Hope that finger is doing better.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Sharing is caring ;0)

Bunny Trails said...

I think the sliding of the braid actually makes this more visually appealing! It's gorgeous. *sigh* I have so much to learn :) THANKS!

Jamie said...

That looks DIVINE!!!

The Food Librarian said...

This looks so beautiful! I could have challah for every meal. Especially your beautiful loaf!!!

Beth said...

What a beautiful challah! You are officially a Member of the Tribe with a challah like that.

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

What a beautiful looking Challah!

Zoe Francois said...

This Challah is seriously gorgeous!

Yasmeen said...

Kudos for your braiding skills! Challah looks fantastic:)

Sara said...

It looks amazing! Thanks for joining us.

Mary said...

Caitlin, this is a really beautiful loaf.

Tasty Business said...

Beautiful challah! Hope the finger feels better. I really enjoy reading your blog!

Jude said...

Well if you ever get tired of that fine bread knife of yours just fedex it to me and I'll gladly deal with it for you.
Almost ready to make this loaf. I hope it turns out half as good as yours.

Fit Chick said...

I think your braid is beautiful! Great job, but your bread knife needs a long time out!

Sandy Smith said...

This is really gorgeous - so professional looking!

Susan said...

Killer knives have definitely been on the loose this fall... glad your finger injury hasn't kept you from being able to shape dough beautifully like this! Heal fast.

Y said...

Your challah looks awesome - so perfectly braided!

Jules Someone said...

Gorgeous challah. My standard recipe doesn't call for milk either. Hmmm. Nice looking braid! I've never ventured past a three strand braid or a woven one for Rosh Hashana.

Lien said...

Beautiful loaf!! That happened to me too that the top slid off a bit. Thanks for baking with us.

Madam Chow said...

I'm so impressed. I wanted to make this, but time got away from me and I had to take a pass. I think your loaf turned out beautifully, and I, too, leave my knife in a lot of pictures!

Amy said...

Wow, this is beautiful Challah! I would be SO freaking proud of myself if I were you!!! :-)

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

Tara said...

MMMM I love me some challah!!! It looks great!!!

Britin said...

wow..that's all I can say...wow

crumblycookie said...

Whoa, that is some nice looking challah.

Mrs Ergül said...

You bake a really pretty challah!

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