Honey Challah

by FoodBabbles on May 27, 2012

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May’s Daring Bakers’ Challenge was pretty twisted – Ruth from The Crafts of Mommyhood challenged us to make challah! Using recipes from all over, and tips from “A Taste of Challah,” by Tamar Ansh, she encouraged us to bake beautifully braided breads. Anyone who’s been reading around these parts for any length of time knows the perils I have faced while attempting to bake bread. Although I have had one wonderful success as well!

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This month I can chalk up another WIN! I attempted and succeeded at making challah. When I logged onto the Daring Bakers forum to check out the May challenge, I immediately broke out into a cold sweat at the mere idea of tackling yeasted bread once again. Not only that, but one of the requirements of the challenge was that the bread MUST be braided. Another thing you know about me if you’ve been reading for a bit is that I am not a fan of working with dough at all. A baker, who hates working with dough. Sounds like an oxy moron, huh? It’s true though.

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That being said, I was incredibly intimidated by the idea of attempting to braid dough into a beautiful loaf because surely this would result in disaster. But… surprise! It was not a disaster. In fact, it was gorgeous! I couldn’t believe my own eyes.

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Then I baked that perfectly braided loaf up and it transformed into a deeply golden loaf of bread. I honestly couldn’t have been more proud. I always assume when there’s yeast involved that surely I will fail.

When we cut into the challah, it had a wonderfully crusty exterior. Inside the challah was soft and airy. I shared that bread with my family and my in-laws. It became the perfect accompaniment to our dinner that evening. It was incredibly easy to make and nearly impossible to screw up. In fact, the more I make bread these days the more I truly start to enjoy it. Perhaps I’ll be changing my tune about my loathing towards dough. Bread dough, that is. I still despise working with pie dough though! Who knows, perhaps that will change one day also.

Is there something that you work with in the kitchen that always gives you a challenge?

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I changed nothing from the original recipe. You can find the RECIPE HERE.

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

apuginthekitchen May 27, 2012 at 8:13 am

Congratulations, what a beautiful loaf, I have been wanting to try my hand at Challah. You inspired me!


FoodBabbles May 27, 2012 at 10:05 am

Thank you so very much! I’m so glad you are feeling inspired. You should definitely try it. It was really so very easy to make!


MommaD May 27, 2012 at 9:08 am

Not only did it look great, it tasted wonderful !


FoodBabbles May 27, 2012 at 10:05 am

Aww, thanks!! 🙂


Barbara | Creative Culinary May 27, 2012 at 9:20 am

Wow. I mean WOW…looks gorgeous and love the idea of honey in challah…which I have yet to make myself for what it’s worth. I might just change that today; this recipe sounds perfect to me.


FoodBabbles May 27, 2012 at 10:07 am

Thank you, Barb! You should definitely give it a try. I have had so many mishaps with bread in the past. This is so very easy to make and incredibly tasty!


Deanna Segrave-Daly (@tspbasil) May 27, 2012 at 7:56 pm

This is GORGEOUS! Seriously – looks and sounds perfect. I love love challah and adding honey just sounds divine. My biggest baking challenge is making a decent crust – I usually wimp out and by Trader Joe’s frozen crust.


FoodBabbles May 27, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Thank you so very much, Deanna!! And I’m with you on the challenges of crusts. I mention often, my love of premade refrigerated pie crusts. Best thing ever!!!


Korena in the Kitchen May 27, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Yeasted bread can definitely be tricky but this looks great and I know it tasted great, too 🙂 Good luck in your future bread baking adventures 😉


FoodBabbles May 27, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Thanks! Slowly but surely, I’m getting better at it


Kristin May 27, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Your challah looks very scrumptious – well done! I added poppy seed to mine and that worked well too. I loved this challenge.


FoodBabbles May 28, 2012 at 10:44 am

Thank you so much, Kristin! I can’t wait to see yours. Poppy seeds sound like such a nice addition.


Lisa May 29, 2012 at 5:13 am

You would never, ever know you ever had trouble with yeast and dough. Your challah looks like a Bubbie made it! I saw it on the photo sites this weekend, and it really stood out! I love how long you made your braid, and a perfect braid at that. BTW, did I ever tell you how much I love the name of this blog? I wish I had thought of it, as all I do is babble on my blog – about everything lol


FoodBabbles May 29, 2012 at 5:50 am

Wow! Thank you so much Lisa. That was such a nice comment. And I’m so glad my pictures stood out amongst the photo sites since there are so many talented people whose pictures are featured. As for the name, thank you!! My husband actually came up with it. I had my Twitter name first, since I definitely tend to babble and then he spun off of that when I started the blog. Glad you like it!! I actually didn’t at first but it definitely has grown on me.


Ruth H. May 29, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Is it weird for someone you have nevr met to be realy proud of you? Your challah looks beautiful, and the inside texture is perfect. This is totally a bread baking win for you! Thank you for braving it and baking with me this month!


FoodBabbles May 31, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Not weird at all! Thank you so much for being proud of me!! That means so very much to me.


Anna @ hiddenponies May 31, 2012 at 1:17 am

This is PERFECTION! I’ll have to try this soon!


FoodBabbles May 31, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Thank you SO much Anna! It was so easy to make and seriously, it was just wonderful.


Fernando January 21, 2014 at 2:10 pm

I have a love hate relationship with bread pdndiug. I hate the dry nasty ones and I love the ones that are different like this one! This definitely goes on my list of bread pdndiugs I want to try!


Dr. M April 10, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Help! I was planning on making this beautiful bread today as a gift for someone and the web page with the recipe isn’t working! Does anyone have the recipe written down or saved elsewhere?


Kate April 10, 2014 at 1:27 pm

I am SO sorry!! I had no idea there was an issue with the site where the original recipe lives. I just looked into it and it actually appears that she is no longer blogging and the site is completely gone. I apologize! However, I have used THIS RECIPE from King Arthur Flour in the past and really loved it! It has honey in it as well and tastes the same to me as this particular loaf. Hope this helps.


Dr. M April 10, 2014 at 2:07 pm

I literally just looked at the recipe yesterday and it was there. This morning I went to double check the amount of eggs and it was gone! Thanks for posting a replacement so quickly!


Dr. M April 10, 2014 at 4:16 pm

The original recipe is back! Stupid internet. Sorry for your trouble!


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