This recipe makes a decadent and rich 4-strand braided Challah bread. No matter who I serve this to, everyone hails it the best Challah they've tasted. Makes 2 large loaves.
To make a simple 3-strand braided loaf, cut each half of the dough into 3 pieces. Working on a floured surface, roll the small dough pieces into ropes about the thickness of your thumb and about 30cm long. Ropes should be fatter in the middle and thinner at the ends. Pinch 3 ropes together at the top and braid them. Starting with the strand to the right, move it to the left over the middle strand (that strand becomes the new middle strand.) Take the strand farthest to the left, and move it over the new middle strand. Continue braiding, alternating sides each time, until the loaf is braided, and pinch the ends together and fold them underneath for a neat look.
I chose this recipe because it looks very yummy and there were no reviews yet. This was easy to make and the results are delicious! The bread has a very light texture and is full of flavor. I will definitely make this again! UPDATE: My husband has very high standards when it comes to breads... when he got home and tasted this bread, he said, "You could sell this bread!" The whole family loved it! - 06 Mar 2010 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
This turned out perfect and I went onto youtube and looked up a video on how to do a 4 strand braid on challah and it turned out beautiful! I have been doing a 3 strand basic challah bread for several years now for Sabbath and was looking for something new and this was it! Love it! - 01 Oct 2010 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
Awesome! Will only use this recipe from now on. My whole family ADORED it and wants it made again and again! - 17 Sep 2010 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)