TwD: Baking Challah with Julia

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Everytime I buy a loaf of artisan bread, I always kick myself for not trying to bake it at home first. Most bread recipes are fairly simple, given the proper amount of time. And, therein lies the problem since I rarely have time to babysit the dough’s lengthy, multiple rises. I can, however, be persuaded if the bread can be multi-tasked. Such was the case with this week’s TwD: BwJ assignment, challah, which was used for last week’s ffwD sugar-coated French toast!

This bread was pretty fun to make because I had time off from work for Thanksgiving, and I’ve been wanting to make a braided loaf for awhile now. I didn’t want to go overboard, though, and only made one loaf. I would’ve hated to have a nice, fresh loaf go to waste during a meal with multiple breads available. I will definitely be making this challah in the future for myself. No more grocery challah for me!

If you’d like to try your hand at this challah, pick up a copy of Baking with Julia: Savor the Joys of Baking with America’s Best Bakers and join the bi-monthly baking group, Tuesdays with Dorie, where we choose recipes to collectively bake each month!

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74 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. cecilia
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 12:48:19

    this looks just beautiful, i can imagine tearing great chunk of it off.. c

  2. Mireia
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 12:53:18

    Wow, yours looks so nice! I enjoyed this recipe too ๐Ÿ™‚ it was delicious!

  3. Tanusree
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 13:05:00

    This looks gorgeous !

  4. chef mimi
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 13:43:29

    Oh, that is so darn pretty!

  5. SandraM
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 14:16:10

    Beautiful loaf! This really was easy to make. I’ll be making it again too. I put all mine in the freezer, so that I can make French toast with it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Amanda Chic
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 14:27:17

    Love it

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  7. Monica
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 15:06:10

    Beautiful! We love Challah and this recipe was excellent!

  8. Inger Wilkerson
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 15:09:35

    This turned out beautiful. Looks like you’ve been braiding bread all your life!

  9. apuginthekitchen
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 15:46:19

    What a gorgeous loaf, you really did it perfectly, I love Challah, never made it myself. I have the book will have to look up that recipe.

  10. isthisakeeper
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 16:16:22

    Your loaf is beautiful!! I think I will try your sugar coated french toast with the extra loaf! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Geraldine Saucier
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 16:19:25

    Beautiful! So much better than store bought.

  12. The Squishy Monster
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 16:55:31

    Love how buttery golden yours is!!

  13. Ckay
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 17:07:41

    It’s splendid!
    We did love Challah as well.
    It reminds me of our Swiss Berner Zopf (one of our favourite breads for breakfast).

  14. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 17:36:22

    That’s such an attractive loaf of bread!

  15. Liz Berg
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 17:38:09

    Perfect braid!!! Just gorgeous!

  16. Mary
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 17:42:09

    Oh this looks amazing!!!! I think I can smell it cooking!
    Mary x

  17. Norma Chang
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 17:43:17

    That is one beautiful loaf of challah. Have not made one in a long time should get to work and make one soon.

  18. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 17:54:21

    my favorite kind of bread- looks perfect!

  19. Cathleen
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 18:24:28

    That is one gorgeous looking loaf! Just beautiful.

  20. oven chaos
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 18:28:03

    Lovely colored crust!

  21. Hotly Spiced
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 18:37:35

    That’s a very pretty loaf of bread. I love how you’ve braided it xx

  22. Zoe
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 18:47:24

    This loaf looks amazing! It looks even better than the store-bought ones.

  23. Michael's Woodcraft
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 19:09:18

    What a beautiful loaf of challah, I can’t tell you how many time I have tried to make bread unsuccessfully. I only wish we had someone i our area that teached bread and pasty classes!!

  24. Ameena
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 19:29:40

    I’ve never had challah but it looks amazing. Even more amazing is that you make it look so perfect!

  25. thekalechronicles
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 20:52:28

    This is a beautifully braided Challah. Good job!

  26. Anita Menon
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 21:09:45

    It is truly a beautiful loaf to look at. Well done. Bread making is a time consuming process but I find it more therapeutic compared to other kinds of bakes. This reminds me I haven’t baked a loaf in a long time.

  27. Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 22:05:10

    That looks great and I love that you were able to make it multi-task!

  28. Three Well Beings
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 22:36:42

    I can just taste this beautiful loaf of bread. I love to bake bread, but often have the same issues with being around for multiple rises. You’ve given me some real inspiration here, however, to make the time! ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Jenn and Seth
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 01:30:42

    this is such a beautiful loaf of bread!

  30. Food,Photography & France
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 02:33:39

    Wonderful looking loaf We have so much wonderful bread here in France, but I don’t remember seeing challah since leaving England.

  31. ivysew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.com
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 03:46:45

    Look so beautiful and the colour is so tempting too.

  32. Johanna GGG
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 03:50:12

    your loaf looks beautiful – I have never made challah and never even think to make plaited loaves so I would love to give it a try – like your comments about multi tasking

  33. Gloria
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 04:35:56

    This loaf seems so good! And it’s pretty!
    xoxo

  34. TrafficDiva
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 05:14:13

    WOW!!! Looks AMAZING!!! L’chaim!!!! =)

  35. Monica
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 05:49:08

    As good as any from a professional bakery! You should be very proud! : )

  36. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 07:33:40

    you won the challenge in my book! It looks delicious

  37. bakeawaywithme.com
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 10:36:26

    Your challah is bakery worthy!! Iโ€™ve been missing TWD so muchโ€ฆI would have loved to bake this one! Maybe this week?

  38. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 11:02:11

    Such beautiful challah bread!

  39. Lail | With A Spin
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 11:34:55

    Beautiful challah. I can tell it is soft, fluffy and delicious.

  40. Tammy
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 11:53:36

    gorgeous. this had been my favorite challah recipe for awhile. Then we recently did a blind taste test and the America’s Test Kitchen recipe beat it (as well as Peter Reinhart’s)! I was as shocked as anyone. Here it is if you are interested: http://www.americastestkitchenfeed.com/recipes/challah/

  41. Cathy Spangler Bruce
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 12:08:56

    Your loaf looks great! I’ll be making this again, too.

  42. Audrey Allure
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 13:41:57

    Looks lovely!

  43. saucygander
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 14:04:37

    Look at that color! I went rogue with a non-dairy challah this week, but I was baking with the group in spirit! ๐Ÿ˜€

  44. tastytreats13
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 14:06:30

    How tasty! I love challah!

  45. Fae's Twist & Tango
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 14:39:54

    You made this Challah in perfection. When I grow-up, I want to be able to make Challah. ๐Ÿ˜€

  46. spicegirlfla
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 14:47:26

    wow…this looks absolutely perfect!! I love challah and have always thought about baking it but assumed it would be too much trouble. Looks like you proved me wrong!

  47. Cakelaw
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 15:00:02

    What a gorgeous challah!

  48. Muppy
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 15:03:25

    Perfection, it is great baking bread I agree, I hardly ever buy it now!

  49. sara
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 15:08:23

    Oooh, I love challah! It has been way too long since I made it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. The Sketched Chef
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 15:48:59

    Wow, this is so beautiful !!

  51. Libby
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 17:31:03

    I love challah! I’ve never made one before but would love to give it a try ๐Ÿ™‚

  52. Karen
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 18:36:57

    Julia would smile and nod approvalโ€ฆlovely loaf of challah.

  53. Mary Frances
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 19:29:55

    GORGEOUS!!!!

  54. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 21:52:10

    I love day old challah, toasted with jam (jelly).

  55. sprinklesandsauce
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 22:25:44

    We use challah bread for our french toast and they turn out superb!

  56. Karen Xavier
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 23:34:52

    Loaf looks fab!

  57. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Dec 05, 2013 @ 02:38:53

    And you made it perfectly. So gorgeous! I truly wish I can make this in my kitchen one day!

  58. MarkD60
    Dec 05, 2013 @ 08:19:34

    I like my bread to have raisins or cinnamon in it, not Julia. (har har)

  59. Culinary Flavors
    Dec 05, 2013 @ 11:38:56

    Perfect sweet bread! We have a similar one called tsoureki!

  60. Sharon
    Dec 05, 2013 @ 13:09:48

    This makes me hungry! Haha

  61. Deepti
    Dec 05, 2013 @ 14:13:16

    Looks delicious! Perfectly baked ๐Ÿ™‚

  62. Tracy
    Dec 05, 2013 @ 21:17:33

    I am a huge carb addict. This bread looks so good.

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  63. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Dec 05, 2013 @ 21:31:46

    Wow, this is a beautiful artisanal bread.. I love a braided bread.. it seems to make it taste better!

  64. dedy oktavianus pardede
    Dec 06, 2013 @ 07:43:57

    big Yum-OOOO

  65. GiGi Eats Celebrities
    Dec 06, 2013 @ 15:29:26

    THIS BREAD was ALWAYS my favorite when I was little!!!! I adored Bar and Bat Mitzvahs!!!

  66. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    Dec 06, 2013 @ 18:02:50

    Perfect bread, makes me want to rip off a big piece and devour it!

  67. SuperCutePetContest
    Dec 06, 2013 @ 20:53:05

    WOW! That is a gorgeous challah!

  68. Amanda Chic
    Dec 07, 2013 @ 11:01:27

    Lovely

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  69. Abbe@This is How I Cook
    Dec 08, 2013 @ 16:45:38

    What a great loaf. This always remids me of why I bake challah. They are just soo good!

  70. Raymund
    Dec 09, 2013 @ 18:59:23

    Wow those are perfectly made!

  71. jora
    Dec 26, 2013 @ 11:27:39

    Beautiful braid!

  72. aastricker
    Dec 30, 2013 @ 11:37:58

    Your Challah looks beautiful!
    I have an artisan round loaf recipe that I make pretty regularly because it takes very little babysitting on my part, but there is something about a nice soft loaf.

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  74. Ayesha (Miss Spicy Hat n' Sugar Socks)
    Dec 31, 2013 @ 01:03:05

    this looks so amazing….i love how perfect this is! Would love to make my own bread once, just for the heck of it!

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