Want to guarantee beautiful challah braids every time?

Watch and learn how to braid a 4 strand challah, bakery style. Tips on how to braid beautiful challha loaves, every time: To achieve beautiful, even loaves, it is important to focus on the strands. First, you want to make sure they are even in size. My aunt, who taught me this particular braiding method, recommended weighing each piece of dough to achieve uniformity. As soon I started I was hooked. It makes all the difference. I find 4.5-5 ounces per strand works for me. Second, roll those strands to perfection. You want to see a gradual increase toward the middle, not a big belly.

• To achieve beautiful, even loaves, it is important to focus on the strands. First, you want to make sure they are even in size. My aunt, who taught me this particular braiding method,  recommends weighing each piece of dough to achieve uniformity. As soon I started doing this, I was hooked. It makes all the difference. I find 4.5-5 ounce strands work for me. The second must-have for beautiful loaves is to roll those strands to perfection. You want to see a gradual increase in width toward the middle, not a big belly.

Watch and learn how to braid a 4 strand challah, bakery style. Tips on how to braid beautiful challha loaves, every time: To achieve beautiful, even loaves, it is important to focus on the strands. First, you want to make sure they are even in size. My aunt, who taught me this particular braiding method, recommended weighing each piece of dough to achieve uniformity. As soon I started I was hooked. It makes all the difference. I find 4.5-5 ounces per strand works for me. Second, roll those strands to perfection. You want to see a gradual increase toward the middle, not a big belly.

• For an extra shine, brush with egg wash, let stand for 15 minutes, and then brush again

Really, Really Good Whole Wheat Challah Ah, that time of year is here again. Shlissel Challah. I always marvel at how enthusiastic we get when baking the first dough after Pesach. You’d think we would want to stay away from a measuring cup until July, but no. Here we are, filled with joy, pulling out or mixers, donning aprons and sprinkling our counters with flour.

• The oatmeal on top of the whole wheat challah is optional, but I highly recommend it for a few reasons. 1) It gives the challah a beautiful, earthy look. 2) It will help you differentiate between the whole wheat challos and the regular ones once they are frozen. 3) It tastes great. Crunchy, chewy, delicious.  

 

For a really really good whole wheat challah recipe click here.

To learn how to braid a round challah click here. 

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Beautiful video. I was able to follow by pausing it between the steps. The braid was easy to do and comes out really pretty. Thanks

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