Tuesday, January 4, 2011

ABC: Eve Lieb's Processor Challah


This month the Avid Bakers Group took on the challenge of making a yeast bread, Eve Lieb's Processor Challah. Have you ever been so excited to eat something you made that you have trouble waiting for it to cool? That’s how I felt about this bread! Luckily I had to snap some photographs of it for my blog post, so we averted burnt tongues. I put off making this bread until Friday, and was wondering if I would have time to fit in, but when I read the recipe I realized the dough comes together incredibly fast in the food processor (with a minute of kneading by hand afterward) and both the rising and baking times were relatively short.



I delegated the bread-braiding to Josh. Whenever we have garlic knots for dinner (which I’m sure Josh would tell you is far too infrequently), he is the one who does that knot-work, so I figured he would be able to take on larger strands of dough. I printed a guide for him from this post on the King Arthur Flour blog and I think he did a spectacular job. We enjoyed this fluffy bread warm with butter, as well as cold with cheese. I loved the crunch the poppy seeds added.



We rated this recipe an 8 for Deliciousness and 4 for Effort, for an EDR of 2. We do not post the recipes for this group. The recipe is on page 184 of Baking for All Occasions, and you can read about the other ABC bakers’ experience with it via the Avid Baker’s Challenge site.

6 comments:

Virginia Taylors said...

Great post, fellow ABC! I will be making this bread again very soon.

Ras Yeti said...

Josh is great at braiding! Back in college, he used to work for hours getting Dave's cornrows just so.

Kayte said...

Gorgeous bread. I have really gotten into making bread this past year and am loving it...so relaxing and magical when it all comes together and tastes so wonderful. This is really pretty.

HanaĆ¢ said...

Beautiful loaf, Margot! Josh did a great job braiding :o) Thanks for including the diagram of the 4-braid. Would love to try that next time (I just did a regular 3-braid this time).

Baking Soda said...

Great bread! Wasn't that great to discover this one came together rather quick?

Tracey said...

What a gorgeous loaf of bread - Josh is a braiding superstar :) Every time I make homemade bread (which sadly isn't very often lately), I want to cut into it immediately, even though the recipe usually says to wait.