Challah Braiding Instructions – Le Pain Quotidien – Bakery & Communal Table - Le Pain Quotidien US

If you want to bake to impress, there’s nothing better than a beautifully braided loaf of challah bread to elicit “oohs” and “aahs” from friends and family.

For home bakers, braiding might seem a bit complicated. In reality, it’s pretty simple and yields an impressive result that’s worth the effort!

To help you get started, we present our easy-to-follow instructions for braiding challah.  We promise you’ll be proud of the result!

Step-by-Step Braiding Instructions:

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  1. Roll pre-shaped logs into strands, even in length (approximately 7-8”) with a slightly tapered end. Lay them next to one another on a flat surface.
  2. Begin to braid in the center of the strands by taking the left strand, crossing it up and over the middle strand and then laying it inside the right strand.
  3. Now do the same from the opposite side. Take the right strand, cross it up and over the middle strand and place it inside the left strand.
  4. Continue to braid, alternating sides until all the dough is braided. When you reach the end, pinch the strands together to seal them.
  5. Carefully lift the braid and flip the entire loaf over so that the unbraided strands are now closest to you.
  6. Begin with the right strand and continue to braid, alternating sides until you reach the end and pinch together the strands to seal them.

Give it a try! Remember – even if it doesn’t look perfect, it will still taste delicious.


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