On falling in love with the beautiful challah bread

I’ll be the first to admit I am quite ill-prepared in terms of recipes for this year’s Holy Week. Being Catholic, my family and I practice abstinence from meat beginning on Good Friday up until Easter Sunday. I wish I could share some meatless dishes with you this week, but from the messy way my year started down to the fact that my mind is already looking forward to my impending Easter-weekend vacation, plenty of things seem to be slipping through the cracks in my memory.

Searching for a recipe to fill the void, I began looking through my archives and found the photos from my first attempt on Challah Bread (pronounced HAH-lah). I was surprised at myself for not posting about it as soon as I made it, given how much I gushed over pretty much every single aspect of this bread. The braiding part is obviously the best part; followed very very closely by the eating part.

Ugh. Me want to make another batch of this suddenly.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, the challah bread is actually a rich-tasting yeast bread typically linked to Jewish cuisine. It might be weird to write about Jewish bread at this point, but since this bread is meatless anyway, I think it’s a safe addition to any Lenten table. I am also quite excited to share this bread with you because it immediately became one of my favourites the moment I had a taste!

I initially had no idea about challah bread apart from the fact that it looks pretty and seems to be challenging to make thanks to the braid. I was prepared to take this bread on since I enjoy trying out yeast bread recipes of all sorts, but not only did I discover that challah is not at all difficult to make, I also really really love how it tastes. I love the richness and slight saltiness of of it. I love the crustiness that contrasts with the soft yet dense crumb. No wonder everybody uses it for french toast and bread pudding! It’s an amazing bread and I was lucky that I found an excellent recipe to start with.

There is no other way for me to describe how I feel about the challah bread apart from being head over heels in love with it. Looooove!
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