I’ve always found the concept of bread-making rather intimidating.
Many Newfoundlanders bake their own bread or are accustomed to seeing their parents and grandparents do so. Having never had this experience, I was always fascinated by the idea but a little bit afraid to try it. So, when a good friend of mine invited me over to make his favourite challah recipe I jumped at the chance to learn.
Challah is a sweetish egg-bread that is often braided and usually adorned with sesame or poppy seeds. In St John’s, it can be found at Manna European Bakery & Deli on Freshwater road.
Here is a link to the recipe we used to make our delicious bread (stand-mixer with dough hook required). It was much easier than I thought! Below, you will find my photographic montage and a few tips from our bread-baking afternoon. I highly recommend trying it. There is nothing more satisfying than eating bread you’ve baked yourself!
Pounding the dough was one of the funnest steps in the process…
We decided to make four medium-sized loaves of bread instead of the “two large loaves” that the recipe recommends. Each loaf is made up of three braided strands, or ropes, of bread. Dividing up the dough and rolling it out brought back memories of Playdough from my childhood.
We experimented with both tighter and looser braids, and found the more tightly-braided breads had a nicer appearance once baked.
Have you experimented with bread-making? What is your favourite bread to make?
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