Monday, June 15, 2009

Challah (BBA Challenge)

Let's just get one thing out of the way before I continue with this post. I am braid-challenged.(That's braid, not brain... although there are some who might argue that I'm both.) So when I first looked at this week's Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge recipe, I felt a little nervous. Challah, a Jewish specialty, is traditionally made as a braided loaf, and I was forced to step outside of my comfort zone when it came to the shaping stage of this recipe. Fortunately, I found a resource to ease my troubled mind.


I managed to pull this one off, but I can clearly see that I need more practice with braiding. When I first pulled my loaves out of the oven the first thought that came to my mind was, "Mommy, Mommy, my pigtails are too tight!" I think I must have stretched the dough as I was working it because the braids just looked pulled and strained.
Overall, this was a very easy bread to make. The dough came together beautifully and proofed nicely. I enjoyed the flavor very much, but I must be getting tired of these eggy enriched breads because it just didn't thrill me like I had hoped it would.

I did make Eggs-In-The-Challah-Hole with it this morning. (Sounds like a great name for a country song, doesn't it?)


Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Your braid looks perfect to me! Love the egg in the Challah hole!!!

peteeatemall said...

Your braid looks great! Its a yummy bread so who cares what it looks like. Huh?...mmmm eggs n challah...gotta go make now!! Happy baking!

susies1955 said...

There you go again DOWNING your ability. You are great. The braids are great. I wish I could share a cup of coffee with you with some of that braid fresh from the oven with home-made butta. :)
Is that a real book? I'd like it. :)
Great job. Nice baking with you as always,

Mags said...

Judy and Jennifer.. Yes, try the egg-in-the-challah-hole. It really tasted great.

Susie: That's just one of those "for Dummies" books that I altered a little bit on my paint

susies1955 said...

I thought it may have been altered cause I did a search for such a book and there is no such thing. LOL. SILLY ME.

SallyBR said...

Braid=challenged or not, you did a great job!

better be braid-challenged than bread-challenged, wouldn't you agree?


(sometimes I feel I am both, though)

oggi said...

You did great and I love the Egg-in-the-Challah-hole.:)

Cindy said...

Your challah looks delicious and your "egg in the challah hole" is making me very hungry. Now that you have mastered the 3 braid, time to move on to the 5 braid!!

Mags said...

sally, oggi, and cindy... thanks for the kind comments.

misterrios said...

That Bread Braiding for Dummies book was one of the most hilarious things I have seen! I almost checked on Amazon for it before deciding there was no way it could be real.

I liked the way your braids came out, it seems like the Challah is bursting out of itself!^

Mags said...

misterrios...LOL, Fooled ya, didn't I?