How to Braid a Six-Strand Challah (A Video Tutorial)

In this second installment of AlwaysOrderDessert How To,* I show you my favorite technique for braiding a six-strand loaf of challah bread using a batch of my new favorite Chipotle Challah dough (see recipes details below).

The braiding technique might seem a bit daunting at first, but it really is pretty straightforward. It should only take you once or twice to get the hang of it, and pretty soon I promise you'll be whipping up gorgeous challah braids that will rival those in even the best bakeries!

[Just a warning that I was in a bit of a silly mood when I made this video and kept bursting out into laughter during a few key moments (you'll see which ones!). I was going to edit them out, but then I changed my mind. After all, those of you who know me in real life, know that I really do tend to burst out laughing at the drop of a dime. This way you get to know the real me! ;) Plus editing it would have just been a pain... lol!]

I hope you guys enjoy the video! I posted a couple of my challah recipes below, which you can use to experiment. And if you have any questions, leave them in the comments and I'll get back to you right away!

xoxo

Alejandra



Practice your challah braiding technique with one of these great challah recipes:


Chipotle Challah - A spicy challah with chipotle puree baked right into the dough

Vanilla Bean Challah
- A more traditional challah recipe, with just a touch of fragrant vanilla bean flecks

Pumpkin Spice Challah - Pull out that can of pumpkin puree from the pantry and use it to make this sweet and spicy pumpkin bread.


* I have got to come up with a more clever name for these video tutorials. Any ideas?

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9 comments:

  1. thanks for the tips! i honestly would have never known how to do a six strand braid i can barely braid my hair. I enjoyed all the laughing too made it all feel very real! can't wait to make my first challah :)

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  2. Oh my God that is so cute and funny and informative! LOL

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  3. LOL Thanks guys! It was fun to make.

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  4. This is fantastic! I would never have been able to figure this out without a visual. Great job :)

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  5. Great tutorial, and I loved the laughing!

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  6. that was awesome, and keep laughing :)

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  7. Dear Alejandra,
    I have never before seen, or read a description of, this procedure that was explained with such perfect simplicity. I have never, until this moment (just having watched your video), been confident about being able to correcting create a six-strand braid of dough. But now, thanks to you, I FINALLY GET IT!!!

    Thank you very, very, very much!!
    :) Jane

    P.S. I'm glad you didn't edit it. Your cute personality shines through!

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  8. I LOVED watching this! I make challah several times a year and have always just made the 3 strand version - I'm totally going to make 6 next time. I also loved the laughing - it made me smile. Great job!

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  9. When I learned to braid in school, I had another practice technique that might come in handy for other readers. I bought rope from the hardware store - nylon rope, about the same size as the strands of dough you'll be braiding - and I would practice with those until I could braid with my eyes closed. That way I didn't waste any dough, and I could even take it on the bus with me. I used a rubberband to keep the ropes together at the top, and then I would just braid and braid.

    Your video is *excellent* instruction on this technique - which is very intimidating. Super job!

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