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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Continue to braid, alternating sides until all the dough is braided. When you reach the end, pinch the strands together to seal them.
- Carefully lift the braid and flip the entire loaf over so that the unbraided strands are now closest to you.
- 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.