Challah, again

November 23, 2010 | Filed Under Baking, Bread, Challah 


The other day, I felt like baking.   I felt like baking challah.   I’d baked challah only twice before — one sprinkled with sesame seeds and a honey-vanilla challah.   My braids always turn out very interesting-looking.   This current braid improved but I could still use more practice.  Also, I didn’t care for the color of my challah.  It seemed to come out darker than my last two.  I wasn’t sure what I’d done differently.  When I complained to Simona, she gave me some tips, which I’ll use the next time I bake.  I learned from her that the color of challah depends a lot on the kind of egg wash used.  She uses Peter Reinhart’s recipe and he specifically recommends not to use the color to estimate the doneness.  Instead he recommends that you use your thermometer.  Simona mentioned that she makes her egg wash with whole egg and her challah comes out a nice color.  Last tip was that the crust softens after it is allowed to cool.    Thanks, Simona!  I’ll keep that in mind for the next time I bake challah.


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9 Responses to “Challah, again”

  1. A beautiful challah! One of my favorite breads!



  2. I think they look beautiful .. and yummy! I can almost smell them and taste them. Wish I COULD taste them. :)

  3. Looks wonderful!

    You might try a milk wash, instead of an egg wash. Just a thought. :)

  4. I think that your challah looks great. The braiding part is still a work in progress for me, especially at both ends of the loaf. Speaking of wash, I use a whole egg mixed with 2 tablespoons of water, one of the options indicated by Reinhart. The other is to use the egg white only, which I have yet to try.

  5. I love this bread!!! What a craving I have now : )

    You did a fantastic job! Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  6. thank you, dear rosa.

    ande, thanks! i wish you could have tasted some with me.

    thanks for the tip, david. i’ll try it!

    simona, thanks so much for the tips. i’m glad to have various choices.

    thanks, mari. thanksgiving was nice, too.

    thanks, everyone, for stopping by!


  7. Wow, your challah looks so yummie, it sure look very professional :-)


    Paz, the challah looks great, but can you pronounce the word?….I know alot of folks who use the “h” sound…which is still OK. It would also be the same pronounciation as Hannuka/Channuka. The Braids look pretty good to me, which doesn’t surprise me because I recall braids as being part of your fashion statement;)
    Hey, are you one of those people that can’t wait for their baked goods to cool off first?

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