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.


  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.

  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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