In the world of enriched doughs, challah is one of my favorites to make and to eat.
And this Braided Challah Bread recipe
is not only delicious – it’s pretty, too!
Enriched doughs are breads made with eggs and dairy products, like milk and butter. Like brioche – another enriched dough – they tend to be softer and sweeter than regular dough. Challah, whether in a round, crown shape or braided, is often reserved for special occasions and celebrations. But for me, making homemade challah bread in my kitchen is a celebration in itself.
Challah bread is an unfussy dough – it’s easy to make and handle, and rises quite well. Though I like to braid mine and top it with poppy seeds for visual appeal, it’s certainly not necessary. You can always shape it in the simpler crown loaf shape
and opt out of adding seeds, though I think they add a nice flavor and crunchy texture. You can even make it double rainbow colored
Challah tastes amazing all by itself, or you can use it the next morning to make a yummy batch of homemade French toast. It’s great for Monte Cristo sandwiches, too.
Make this braided challah loaf for your next dinner party or holiday celebration, and your guests will be saying “Challah!” in no time (sorry, I couldn’t help myself!).Stephanie (aka Girl versus Dough) joined Tablespoon to share her adventures in the kitchen. Check out Stephanie’s Tablespoon member profile and keep checking back for her own personal recipes on Tablespoon