Hello all! I recently started to make bread for the first time and decided to try making challah, for starters. Here are some of my results. Bigger images are available (all linked to flickr) if you click on the ones below. Please enjoy!
Here is the first loaf of bread I ever baked! I accidentally let it rise an extra hour (or two?) so the braiding effect was lost, but fortunately it was still tasty. For this I used the recipe from chaitimeblog.wordpress.com but halved it.
My second challah was my favorite in appearance and taste. This time I used a recipe from www.bakingandbooks.com/ but used fresh apples (grated, with juice squeezed out) instead of dried ones. I also halved the recipe here. The results were dense, soft, and sweet. I should also point out that both of these blogs either describe or link to helpful tutorials on weaving dough.
This third loaf also uses a recipe from Baking and Books, the apricot chocolate challah. This time I decided to use the exact amounts in the recipe but divided the dough up into 4 loaves. Also, I used white chocolate which makes it hard to see in the picture, but trust me, you could taste it.
So that's what I've done so far on my challah-making adventure... once I've tried baking more of other types of bread I'll have to write a new post here but until then, thanks for looking!