This, dear friends, is a six-strand chollah bread. Here it is from another angle...
Pretty cool, huh?
Good shiksa that I am, I more or less followed this recipe from Belleau Kitchen (which Dom says came from the WI, oddly enough) because I liked the idea of being able to get it all ready the day before, then pull it out of the fridge to be baked in the morning. But when it came to the plaiting I watched this fantastic video to see how to do it. I set the laptop up on one corner of the work surface and went to it with the dough on the other, hitting pause as necessary. I had to rush - the Small Girl was waking from her nap and some friends turned up - but it was still great fun.
The chollah itself was great - and amazing toasted the day after. It might not be very kosher, so to speak, but this would be a great Christmas morning loaf because all the work is done the afternoon before. And, you know, you never have enough to do on Christmas Eve, do you?
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