My most impressive loaf to date is this beautifully braided challah. I made this in culinary school on bread day, and it was the best tasting bread of the day.
What is Challah (Ha-Luh)?
Known as egg bread, freshly baked challah is made with an enriched dough of butter and egg. Unlike other bread, challah can be made same day in under 3 hours.
It’s rich, slightly sweet, and altogether delicious on its own or smeared with softened butter. It also makes for an excellent sandwich bread.
How to Use Day Old Challah Bread
After a few days, my favorite way to enjoy challah is dunked in custard and made into french toast. Its light and tender texture combined with its rich and eggy flavor is ideal for french toast and sopping up maple whipped cream and syrupy goodness. Try my favorite challah french toast recipe here.
Step-by-Step: How to Make Challah
- Activation of yeast (water+yeast+sweetener)
- Kneading the dough (develops gluten structure)
- First rise/proof/fermentation (45 minutes-1 hour)- poke your dough with your index finger and if it doesn’t fill in then your dough has risen enough
- Fold and turn dough to release gas and redistribute the yeast for further rising
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 once more for a lighter dough
- Scaling/dividing dough to form equal length ropes for braiding
- Braid the ropes and cover,
- Final rise/proof/fermentation (20 minutes)
- Bake dough –Egg Wash–Bake dough OR Egg Wash–Seeds–Bake Dough
This is a great introductory bread for anyone looking to see amazing results right off the bat. I’ll demonstrate how to tie your bread so you can feel like a total rockstar when you pull it off.
While many people opt for a three-rope braid, the eggy dough has a tendency to spread out instead of up during the bake. 6 ropes gives a better rise…
Demonstration of How-to Braid 6 Strands
That’s it folks. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below. Enjoy your freshly baked bread!Print
*Recipe adapted from The Natural Gourmet Institute
Use up day old challah by making this french toast recipe.
I hope you found this challah loaf and 6 strand braid easy and rewarding to make. Please bookmark this recipe or share with your friends. Tag me @thefrayedapron on Instagram to show me all the ways you enjoy your challah loaf.