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Braided Loaves

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by: Chi Town Kitchen






Challah is the classic braided loaf, and shaping it can feel intimidating to the uninitiated. The photographs above use colored dough to clarify the sequence of shaping a three-strand braided loaf. Start by dividing the dough into three equal sections. Round the sections by pressing along the sides near the bottom with the sides of your hands. Roll and stretch each ball of dough into a rope about 24 inches long. Since the dough is very elastic, you'll need to stretch it in several stages, allowing it to rest for 10 minutes between each stretching and rolling. Arrange the three strands next to each other on a work surface and, midway along the line formed by the three strands, spread the two outer strands away from the center strand. Working on alternate sides, bring the outer strand of dough over the center strand, so that it becomes the new center strand. When you reach the end of the loaf, pinch the ends of the strands together and tuck the pinch under the loaf. Working from the center again, braid the other half of the loaf in the same way, until the whole loaf is neatly braided.




ingredients

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serves: 1

1 packet yeast

1 tablespoon water (barely warm)

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1 tablespoon flour

Nutrition Facts
Braided Loaves

Servings Per Recipe: 1

Amount per Serving

Calories: 37

  • Total Fat: 0.1 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 0 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 0.6 mg
  • Total Carbs: 8.1 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 0.2 g
  •     Sugars: 2.1 g
  • Protein: 0.8 g
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preparation

1b6dc9bf7d0343cff8304b2af2b1a1c5a3fb6e9e.jpg 1.  Arrange the three strands next to each other and spread the two outer strands away from the center. Stand behind the strands.

2.  Take the left (blue) strand and fold it over the center (white) and next to the right (red) strand.

3.  Take the right (red) strand and lift it over the blue strand and next to the center (white) strand.

4.  Take the center (white) strand and place it over the left (red) strand and next to the right (blue) strand.

5.  Take the right (blue) strand and place it over the center (white) strand and next to the left (red) strand.

6.  Take the left (red) strand and place it over the blue (center) strand.

7.  Take the right (white) strand and place it over the center (red) strand.

8.  Proceed until you have reached the end ofthe strands, then pinch the strands together at the end.

9.  Returning to the center of the loaf, braid the strands together in this way in the opposite direction.

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