Challah Bread


Last weekend we had been to NASA, something I've wanted to do ever since I got here, but it was such a disappointment. We had to wait in the car for over an hour to get through the gates and there was nothing to see. There were some games n all for kids, lectures about space missions and I could not catch a word of it, there was so much commotion in the tent. I was basically in a sour mood with it being so hot n all, I'm sure I've mentioned that I cannot stand the sun. But the day ended well, we were a big group and went to one of our homes and played games and stayed till dinner.We were really tired at the end and although I had promised I would get back to blogging by Monday I couldn't bring myself to write a post until today.


The oven in this apartment is even bigger that the previous one and I could not wait to use it. So it's great that I have been paired with Tania of Love Big, Bake Often for Taste n Create this month. She has got amazing recipes for baked goods, but the one thing that caught my eye was the Challah. It's been ages since my last bread and this was a braid, something I have seen in so many blogs.
I finally baked it yesterday and everything went so smoothly. The dough was easy and the braid was a breeze....lots of practice with my hair:-). You can get the recipe here.
I used rapid rise yeast as that was all I had and so I could avoid the first rise. I really wanted to take step by step pictures but the camera was still in the car after the weekend trip and so this was all I could manage after Manoj got back from work.


My bread browned within the first 15 mins, so I had to cover it with foil. Baked for 40mins and it was perfect. My home smelled heavenly for hours.
I prefer the bread warm and had some as soon as it had cooled down a bit.


Had some for breakfast today with some chole...Yumm!


Also sending this to Susan's YeastSpotting.

29 comments:

  1. Wow the challah bread has come out perfect! So smooth and spongy inside. I have always wanted to make this. Now I'm more tempted! Thanks for mentioning your experience at NASA. I too wanted to visit :)

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  2. Wow...this looks so good.I have never tried baking such breads....its wonderful.

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  3. Amazing dear..looks so perfect..am yet to try this..will do soon..:)

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  4. Looks awesome. Have come out picture perfect.

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  5. The bread looks wonderful, good work !
    we too experienced the same in NASA on sunday :(

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  6. The braided bread looks perfect. We make a similar braided bread in Greece, with butter and different flavours, called tsoureki.

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  7. hi poornima,
    wow!u'd been to NASA :) tha's great!!
    u've clicked some amazing snaps of this wonderful braided bread :) looks perfect!
    Thanks for the link :)
    TC

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  8. Thanks Pooja..you should be glad you dindn't go.

    Thanks Nithya, SJ, Susan, Varsha, Muskaan.

    Thanks Sathya, wonder if we passed each other:).

    Thanks Ivy.

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  9. Challah bread looks perfect! beautifully baked!

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  10. looks great... the braid is perfect.

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  11. Nice photos Poornima...the bread looks so soft and fluffy...perfect bread :)

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  12. Wow! What a lovely looking roll!

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  13. Poornima, challah is one of my favorite breads too-- I make an eggless vegan version. Love how beautifully the bread turned out.

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  14. I had made Challah Bread ages ago, when I first started baking. That was the first and the last time I baked it, although, don't get me wrong it did rise and bake well. But I don't think it was anywhere spongy like yours. Yours look exceptionally good. And with the chole hmmm, my mouth is watering.

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  15. Beautifully braided and perfectly baked bread!

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  16. beautiful looking bread, Poornima

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  17. this looks PERFECT!! I can imagine how heavenly your house must have smelled - it's that aroma that drives me to kitchen to bake bread so often these days!!

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  18. Mmmm...I love challah. I put up a post pretty recently with my sister in law's challah recipe. Yours look awesome!

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  19. The texture on the inside of your challah looks perfect. Good job!

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  20. Challah bread looks excellent Poornima..:).I haven't yet tasted it but have seen so many simple recipes in the blogs that I really feel like trying it out!!

    The braids have come out perfect too and the colour is such a nice brown..;).Three cheers to you!!

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  21. Wow Poorni,perfect baking..looks divine and can imagine how it tasted..would love to try soon..cant resist..and the chole option makes me drool..nice weekend..hugs,

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  22. Love the braided look poornima,
    I saved the recipe from lo e big, bake often. I should check out more recipes form that site. Thanks
    for introducing me abt it/

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  23. the bread look so perfect it is hard to beleive that you made it at home it looks so pretty..:)

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  24. Love your challah bread. You should submit it to the bread contest on my site. The winner gets a $179 Super Bread bread knife from New West Knifeworks. You can get more info here:

    http://www.phamfatale.com/id_516/title_Pham-Fatale-Bread-Contest/

    Let me know if you're interested. All I need is a photo of your bread (for voting) and the link to your recipe.

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