Save it for the dining room.
May’s Daring Bakers’ Challenge was pretty twisted – Ruth from The Crafts of Mommyhood challenged us to make challah! Using recipes from all over, and tips from “A Taste of Challah,” by Tamar Ansh, she encouraged us to bake beautifully braided breads.
Challah? Braided breads? "Ha!" I thought to myself - "I've done this a gadzillion times; this is a no-brainer..."
Yeah, well. Not so much.
As I am sure anyone has spent some time in the kitchen is aware, that is the fatal blow to any kitchen endeavour. Cockiness.
I started along the path to make the honey challah.
It's just an enriched bread dough. No worries. No biggie.
Lovely riser, life is good.
And then, it is time to braid and shape.
This is where my smugness bit me in the rear.
I forgot how to braid.
Now, I have been braiding hair for a very long time.
I have braided many loaves of bread.
And as I stood there with those strands of dough in front of me, do you think I could braid the stinkin' bread for the life of me? No. I totally blanked.
Just that morning, I had braided the Runner Girl's hair into pigtails. But in that moment, my fingers and mind were not interacting.
Three times. Three times to finally get a passable braid on one loaf of bread. The second loaf - I gave up and made a turban (and destroyed any photographic evidence).
And one so-so shaped loaf of bread. And one that we won't talk about.
Fortunately, when it comes to food - as long as it tastes good, it doesn't have to be pretty.
This post participates in Daring Bakers. For links to the recipe for this month's challah challenge, visit The Daring Kitchen.