Challah – Beautiful Braided Bread

I have always wanted to make a braided loaf of bread – those shiny knots are so beautiful and appealing. As with any kind of home made bread, this requires an investment of a few hours. Which is why it is only quite recently that I tried out a challah bread recipe I found on The Kitchn. It turned out so well and was such a hit with my bread loving husband that I had to make it again. This time I was determined to take a few pictures and share it here. In my naivety, I thought that sharing a traditional kosher challah recipe would be perfect for the occasion of Passover that’s coming up.

six strand challah

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Buckwheat Pancakes

My recent cookbook purchases includes a book called ‘Good to the Grain:Baking with Whole Grain Flours‘ by Kim Boyce. I came across this book while browsing the book section on Amazon (one of my favourite past times ;)) and bought it purely out of curiosity. It’s interesting to read and learn how whole grain flours can be used to produce baked goods with a healthy twist.

I must say I haven’t tried too many recipes yet. However, they all look mouth-wateringly promising and as soon as I have more jars of whole grain flours stocked up, I’ll definitely try out more of them. The one recipe I have tried out more than once is the one for buckwheat pancakes (although in the book it’s originally a recipe for pear and buckwheat pancakes). It was the first time I’d ever used buckwheat flour. The pancakes had a really delicious nutty flavour contributed by the buckwheat flour and that somehow made them a lot more satisfying and filling.

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