Monday, May 17, 2010

our daily bread

A Monday meme. Handmade with love, kneaded with strength, baked from the heat of the Earth. A part of each day. Every week I will post a photo of one our doughy creations. From seven-grain loaves to tortillas to hot cross buns to chapati to french bread sticks. If you’re inspired to post a photo of your homemade bread and recipes just leave a comment and link below for everyone to awe and marvel at. You’re also welcome to use the sidebar button if you’d like to.

Braided Challah


1/2 cup warm water

3/4 packet granulated yeast (one heaping tsp)

1 tsp of flaked salt

1 lightly beaten egg

1/8 cup honey

1/8 cup of butter, measure and then melt

1 3/4 cups organic white flour

1 egg + 1 tbs milk, whisked

sesame and/or poppy seeds


Mix the yeast, water, salt, beaten egg, honey and butter and let sit for 2 minutes

Add the flour and mix with your hands until you have a wet dough.

Knead for about 5 minutes as best you can making the dough smoother, however it should be quite sticky and moist so it won’t become very elastic

Place in a bowl and cover with a wet, warm dish towel and let rise for 2-3 hours.

After rising pound it down with your hands, shape into a big ball and put a thin layer of flour on top (to lessen the stickiness) and seperate into three smaller balls. Roll the balls in long cylinders and attach at one end. Braid.

Place braided loaf on a greased or lined baking sheet and let it sit for another 30 minutes, while preheating the oven to 180˚C.

When it’s ready to put in the oven brush it over with the milky egg and sprinkle your desired seed preference on top.

Bake for 20-25 minutes in the oven.



Tracey said...

fabulous, we make our own bread to, using the "artisan bread in 5 minutes a day" method xx

Mrs B said...

They look so yum. I made bread twists yesterday and now wish that I had taken a photo.

And after your black bean post, I found dried and canned black beans at our local organic food shop - very handy :-)

Chicken Willow said...


Corrie said...

ohhhh lovely! I love homemade bread but just lack the time these days....hopefully I'll find the time because nothing beats it!


nocton4 said...

wonderful, love this post but then I am a real bread girl
happy days xx

m.e (Cathie) said...

ohhh, i love home made bread, that looks yum!
I am a bit lazy with making bread though, may have to cheat & get the bread machine out.

Prairie Mother said...

I love, love, LOVE to make bread!! I am working on perfecting tortillas and have just started making pita pocket bread. But my favorite is actually a quick bread recipe from the 1800's called graham bread. You can find the recipe here;

Chloe said...

Hey babe! Making bread freaks me out bigtime! I don't know why it seems so scary :) thanks for taking the mystery out of it. Maybe ill even give it a shot one of these weekends! Xoxox

tamdoll said...

Beautiful. I love to make bread at home, it's so easy and so delicious. It goes very fast & everyone always loves it. Now you're making me think I should do some baking this week, I know my kids will love it.

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

I love making bread at the moment. Just got some sourdough out of the oven and its 7am- can't beat that for a morning smell. I have just posted a turkish bread recipe- (don't want to be spammy though)

Chloe said...

hi Meag! We tried the challah recipe his weekend!!!it was so great! We loved kneading the dough! The only hiccup was when we baked the bread we didn't realize that your temp was in celscius lol!!! Finally we figured out that the oven needed to be twice as hot!!! Hahah it was still pretty good for a first attempt at making bread! Thanks for the recipe an hope you are having a great weekend xoxoxo Chloe

ecoMILF said...

Chloe- Congratulations on your first loaf! Yum! That was a good choice as challah is so nice out of the oven- melts in your mouth. Lots of love. xx

brentasarus said...

just baked this, it's beautiful :) also really nice flavour if you use some leatherwood honey. This was officially my first loaf of bread ever so thanks for the inspiration!


Meryl (Nontoxic Nest) said...

Hi :) Just a question. I'm in the middle of trying this recipe so not sure if it will turn out or not yet. But 1 cup liquid (water, honey, butter, egg) + 1 3/4 cups flour = liquid soup! I have added a ton more flour so now I'm not sure if it will rise. Maybe it's a lot more humid over here in NZ and that affects the moisture balance? Colour me very confused :)

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