This loaf of homemade Challah bread goes out to my terrific friend. She is a Jew, and a baker. Formerly of New Jersey, currently residing in North Carolina, and always inspirational. She inspires me to bake bread for my family.
My husband recently said that his ideal bread would be soft and moist. Challah is both. I’ve been wanting to bake Challah since I began baking bread again this fall. Today I did.
Mollie Katzen was once again my guide, as I used her recipe from The Enchanted Broccoli Forest. This book has helped me become a baker once again, and I highly recommend it. Her illustrations are beautiful and very helpful.
Challah is a braided bread made with eggs, butter, and a bit of honey. Here are my three stands of dough laid out to be braided.
Here is the braiding in action.
And here is the fully braided loaf before its final rise.
Here it is after its final rise but before it is brushed with egg.
Coated and Gleaming.
Baked. Fresh out of the oven.