Claire Saffitz Makes Perfect Challah and Babka | Try This at Home | NYT Cooking
Claire Saffitz is back for another round of “Try This at Home,” a series where she guides you through different baking projects and techniques. Today’s lesson is on making classic challah bread. No stand mixer? No problem. This recipe is surprisingly simple and perfect for beginners who are just starting their breadmaking journey: The whole thing is done by hand. Claire also demonstrates different ways to shape the bread, as well as another application for the dough: cinnamon babka.
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Challah Bread |
Cinnamon Babka |
0:00 – 0:56: Intro
0:56 – 1:56: What is challah?
1:56 – 3:44: Preferment
3:44 – 8:39: Mix the dough
8:39 – 9:45: The windowpane test
9:45 – 12:24: Adding raisins
12:24 – 12:54: Six-strand braided challah
16:42 – 20:10: How to braid the challah
20:10 – 21:49: Finishing the six-strand challah
21:49 – 24:14: Raisin-studded round challah
24:14 – 26:37: Bake!
26:37 – 34:30: Cinnamon babka
34:30 – END: Eat!
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