I Ain’t No Challah Back Girl

beautiful-loaf

Let’s just all be honest here. Half the reason I even made this bread was so I could title the post “I Ain’t No Challah Back Girl”. It’s a great pun, right? No? Did you just question my pun abilities? That’s soo not cool.

I promise I am not getting kickbacks from Zoe and Jeff, the authors of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. This book is just that good. There are tons of different breads you can make and all with such minimal effort. As I was perusing through the book one day, I stumbled upon a recipe for Challah bread. Challah bread is a traditional Jewish bread that is made during Sabbath and holiday meals. Some sources say the Challah bread symbolizes the manna provided by God to the Israelites as they wandered through the desert after their escape from Egypt. Easily recognizable by it’s braided appearance, Challah bread is often used in french toast and stuffed with sweet and savory ingredients.

honey-and-book

Because of the no-knead method used in the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes book, this Challah bread was a snap to make. Instead of using sugar, honey is the sweetener for this dough. Yeast, eggs, lukewarm water, salt, honey and flour are all combined in a mixing bowl. And there is no kneading!!!! Simply mix until all the ingredients are combined and then allow the dough to rise for at least two hours. The dough can be used immediately after the initial rise or stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days (the dough can also be frozen).

dough-in-ropes

I will admit that the most difficult part for me was braiding the dough. Rolling out 1 pound of the made dough into three ropes above? Easy. Braiding these ropes into a uniform, somewhat attractive Challah bread? Uhmmmm, not so much.

dough-prebake

My braid ended up looking a little lopsided and was way too long, but OH MY GOD, did it taste amazing! Now can one of my neighbors please come take the rest of the loaf before I eat it all?

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10 responses to “I Ain’t No Challah Back Girl

  1. Yum! I love Challah. (great title btw!)

  2. Awesome challah, punster!

    Jeff Hertzberg (c0-author)

  3. that’s one phat challah! ha! oh god… i kill myself!

  4. @ Sizzle and Jeff – This Challah is amazingly good! I’m doing French toast this weekend with it!

    @ Joy – You are my pun idol!

  5. Eva

    oh man, your title for this blog just cracked me up. 🙂

    Nice challah… maybe I’ll try it one day. I don’t have a pizza peel though, would that be a problem?

  6. Judy Neary

    I love this book also – and I don’t get a kickback either! Jeff and Zoe are geniuses!!

  7. I tried this bread last week , it turned out pretty good and this one is a garlic and herb version

  8. It is a great pun 🙂
    That’s so bizarre: I followed the same recipe and mine completely failed. I did use 1/2 cup margarine instead of butter….but still 😦

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  10. When I saw your post on Tastespotting, I laughed my ass off. That is hilarious…. Challah back girl…. I thought I was the only one that made puns that cheesy and thought it was funny.

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