The Beauty of Braided Breads

When I was a young girl, I remember my sister Judy braiding a sweet dough interspersed with raisins and chopped nuts. She brushed the top with wonderful sweet icing. The soft sweetness of this golden bread made quite an impression. To this day, whether the bread is a German Stollen, Swiss Kopf, or Jewish Challah, I am captivated by the beauty of braided bread and associate it with that first experience.

During Rosh Hashanah, one of my favorite online sourdough bakers posted a slightly sweet Challah recipe on Instagram*. I have had so much success with her sourdough recipes that I was excited to try making this one. In addition, I was pleased to read that the ingredients included some honey, active sourdough, wholesome milk, two eggs, and oil. I have not enjoyed some recipes with sweetened sourdough bread because the two opposing elements of sweet and sour in sourdough bread often do not complement each other.

This slightly sweet braided bread that I made by everything.sourdough makes terrific French toast as well as sandwich bread. I sliced the bread into thick pieces and put the entire loaf into the freezer. Over the last few months, I removed slices for making French toast or toasted them in the oven creating the most flavorful bread for sandwiches and burgers. It’s not a dessert bread like a stollen, but it has the soft texture of the buttery artistic Kopf.

Deb’s @everything.sourdough’s Challah recipe is an easy sourdough bread to make and tastes great. – Carole

* Deb@everything.sourdough Sourdough Challah Recipe The full recipe including the directions is in my menu under Sourdough Bread

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