Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Artisan Bread in 5 - Challah Recipe


I was never good at braiding hair...

I couldn't get the hang of braiding hair I couldn't see with my arms twisted in the back of my head. It was just ridiculous. I don't even know if I can braid other people's hair well because my sister had a scalp as sensitive as a man's ego... (ha ha - sorry boys I couldn't resist)

I loved when my Grandmother who had been a former hairstylist came to visit because she would always french braid my hair and it was perfect. I would try to keep it perfect for as long as possible so I could reuse it... I was desperate...

So enter in Challah...A bread I've always wanted to attempt to make for Easter. And wouldn't you know it was in my Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes book that I'm still baking my way through (seriously I bought this book with my own money - Having said that, you need to get this book) 

So I made the Challah, bad braiding skills and all. They tell you to start braiding from the middle and to the end. My brain shut down for about 5 minutes until I figured that out. (Don't judge I was tired ok?!)
The only other thing I would do is not make the ropes so long so I could have a stubbier, puffier Challah loaf. Besides that - its an amazing loaf of bread. Or if you make the whole recipe at once - 4 loaves...

Here is the recipe from "The Kitchn's" review of it a while back. I got it from my book and seriously you should too.

2 comments:

  1. Looks delish, especially the first picture. I've been making bread from The Bread Bakers Apprentice, but looking longingly at Artisan Bread in 5, every time we're at the book store.

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  2. My Mom always makes a HUGE loaf of Challah for us to eat on Christmas morning! I LOVE it!!!!!
    P.S. I think the braiding looks great!

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