If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you know I’ve been trying to learn how to make my own challah. I’ve been able to put off making my own until now because I live within walking distance of The Bagel Factory which makes some pretty amazeballs challah. Why perfect the perfected?
But this year I got it in my head that I wanted to make a pretty floral challah for Shavuot using cookie cutters. This idea was inspired by Creative Jewish Mom’s floral challah and I’ve been wanting to try it ever since. Well, even though it didn’t turn out exactly like I wanted, cross this one off of the bucket list.
Obviously, before getting to the fun part, I had to learn how to make a basic challah. Although all experienced challah bakers will say it is the easiest thing to do in the world, it took me some errors before I figured it out (and I’m still figuring it out). Don’t worry, I’ll be posting some newbie tips in a few weeks. So, step one is make a challah and braid it, reserving some dough for the shapes.
When the challah is braided and finished rising, roll and cut out the flower shapes. Roll just like you would for cookies but make the dough as thin as you can while still being able to handle them…they will still rise and thicken in the oven. When you have placed your shapes on the challah, brush with egg as per usual and pop in the oven!
I think the trick to this technique is having the shapes rise as little as possible, so you can see the shapes distinctly. I feel they rose a little too much so I’ve got to still figure that out. The bread came out pretty but it still didn’t match the vision in my head. I think I’ll have to keep practicing this one.