Monday, January 3, 2011


I used a heavy duty mixer, I put the flour, made a well, added the water then the yeast, waited 10 minutes, then added the rest of the ingredients. Using the paddle attachment, I mixed it for about 5 minutes until stiff and elastic. After that, I transfered the dough to an oiled deep bowl, covered with plastic wrap, and let it rise for an hour 

After one hour, I punched it down and let it rise again for another hour. I extended the time of  fermentation because I like the bread to be more fluffy and to allow the texture to be more even

On a floured surface I divided the dough into 3 equal balls, I used a scale to make them equal

 After rolling the 3 balls into 3 ropes I did braid them

 I covered the braid with an oiled plastic wrap and  let it rise again for one hour after brushing it with half of the egg-water mixture
 After one hour, I brushed it again with the rest of the egg- water mixture, then sprinkled it with sesame seeds

I  baked in the oven at 350 F for 40-45 minutes

 Result was great!

Those were the changes I made and my tips for this recipe


Hanaâ said...

The bread looks great. I like that you weighed each individual portion :o) And thanks for sharing your tips!
So how did you like this recipe compared to your usual Challah recipe?

Baking Soda said...

Looking good! Real fluffy interior due to the double rise times? And yay for weighing! (I do that all the time and think I'm a sissy for doing so haha)

Hanaâ said...

Btw, if you read my post, you'll see that I did a *triple* rise of the dough (not just a double rise). So not sure what I could do different to make it more fluffy. Any ideas?

Foley said...


try to put the dough in the oven (the oven is off) and put hot water in a pan in the bottom of the oven for 1 and 1/2 hour.
I think the double or triple rise for more even texture than more fluffy,
anyway I promise your bread is great.

assemelgamil said...

ma3lish ya 5alo ana 7a2olk elcomment bl3arbi
2l3ab ya 5alo ya msharfna :D

Ahmed said...

Wow this bread looks really good! what are the ingredients so i can try to make it? pahnsey.

Sarah said...

The bread looks so appetizing, there's nothing like fresh homemade bread. Could we have the ingredients with amounts please.

Foley said...

here is a good recipe
4 and 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 and 1/2 cups warm water
1 TBSP active dry yeast
4 TBSP sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup olive oil
1 and 1/2 TSP salt
1 egg beaten with 1 TSP water
Sesame seeds or Poppy seeds for sprinkling

Bon Appetit


tasteofbeirut said...

I love that bread! I used to work in a restaurant that hired a Jewish man who would come every week to bake challah and his technique in braiding used to fascinate me! I vouched to try it someday too.