Challah braiding class

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  • #29384
    Mike Nolan
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    The Challah Prince has many interesting ways of braiding Challah, he’s teaching a class on it next Sunday for $35. (Yes, I’m registered for it.)

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    He’s getting ready to move from Berlin to Israel, I wonder what changes that will make in his baking?

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    #29466
    Mike Nolan
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    The braiding class went well, though I’m exhausted after spending a good 3 hours prepping for the class, over 2 hours on Zoom and then another hour and a half baking the things we made in class.

    I’ll get some pictures posted later, I thought the 11 strand and 8 strand braids came out well, the 5 strand one needs work.

    We also made some Challah roses using a simple 3 strand braid, I think one came out good enough to post a picture of, I’ll have to practice that one some more, too. But it looks like a good thing to do with any left over dough and if I can master them they’d make good rolls to set out at everyone’s place at a dinner party or to help decorate a table.

    #29467
    Joan Simpson
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    I can’t wait to see your pictures Mike!

    #29469
    Mike Nolan
    Keymaster

    Here’s the 11 strand braid. All of these came out a bit dark, because it used an egg yolk wash, this one might be overbaked by a minute or two

    challah11

    Here’s the 8 strand braid. I gave this one to our neighbor, as I don’t have space in the freezer for all of them.

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    Here’s the 5 strand braid, which came out a bit wobbly. You turn it on its side after the braiding, and are supposed to pull it open, but I couldn’t figure out where.

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    Here’s the rose, this is made with a 3 strand braid that is rolled up and cut in half to make two rolls.

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    #29477
    Joan Simpson
    Participant

    Mike I think they look good.That’s a lot of braiding!I’ve never done more than a three strand braid.

    #29478
    BakerAunt
    Participant

    Wow! That was quite the class! I’m impressed with the variety of challah braiding that you did, and your breads are impressive.

    I’ve done a 5-strand braid for my version of the KAF Pumpkin Ginger Bread, but that is as complicated as I have tried.

    #29480
    Mike Nolan
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    The 8 strand one seemed easier for me to do than the 5 strand one, which sounds strange.

    After he gets set up in Israel, I think he’s planning on doing a class with a 10 strand braid. Of the ones we made yesterday, I am probably most likely to make the 8 strand, though I do want to practice the rose one again. (I think I left out a step on the batch that I made later in the day, I need to watch the video of the class again.)

    The 11 strand braid was huge, 1100 grams of dough. It’d be good for a large gathering, though.

    His Challah recipe is one that doesn’t have egg in the dough, though it does have sugar. He says doughs without egg keep the bread softer longer. We’ll see.

    #29483
    Italiancook
    Participant

    Mike, you Challah are amazing! Congratulations!

    #29520
    navlys
    Participant

    Very impressive!

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