Sunday, February 20, 2011

BBA Challah braid.... reminds me of braiding my daughter's hair!

Links to my fellow baker's in the Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge, 2011!  Here are links to their versions of this bread.  They are all very talented baker's, who have gotten together to share their results from baking the Bread's in Peter Reinhart's book Bread Baker's Apprentice.


Our host Chris at A Ku Indeed!
Coz at ScratchBaker
NancyB at Bread&Cake&More
Adam at Within Reason

The crumb was wonderful and the bread tastes great. The crust is flaky crisp, and this is definitely a bread I will be making more often. The best "wonder" bread I have ever had.

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I totally forgot to take pictures till I moved my dough to the greased bowl to rise. Here is is about 15 minutes after it started it's first rise.  I mixed the dough in my kitchenaid, using my dough hook.  It was pretty wet and sticky so I gave it a half hour autolyse, then kneaded the dough for 6 minutes.  It then formed into a really nice handling dough.


Twice the size and ready to be split for braiding.


Made it into a rough split, then allowed to rest for 10 minutes.


Rolled out into thin ropes for braiding.  I made them to long for a single loaf, so cut them into two pieces for two loaves.

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One braided, the other half way done.  The dough was easy to handle, and braided very easily.


All finished braiding, ready for proofing.  They took 75 minutes to proof.


Almost done and ready for baking, they are looking pretty good so far.


I baked these at 350* for 45 minutes on my pizza stone, which worked really well.  They looked and smelled really good when I pulled them from the oven and covered them with the flour sack towels to cool for a couple hours.  I was way to much in a hurry while making these, so I think that effected the entire shaping and braiding process.  The other's loaves are so much nicer looking then mine, but I will have plenty of opportunity to try this again when I am not feeling so rushed. 

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2 comments:

  1. Hi Joanne, I like how your bread turned out! Nice job. I also am excited to play with the spread sheet that you shared a few days ago. Thank you

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  2. If you have questions just ask. I've tried to use others spreadsheets and they were just far to complicated. I wanted something simple and easy to use. Thanks for the compliment on my bread! I really want to redo this one because I was just way to busy to take the time it needed to braid it well. I am happy with the texture and crust though, really awesome tasting!

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