I have no explanation for King Arthur Flour’s decision to constantly feature twisted and braided breads as the recipes for the Bakealong challenges. Surely there’s a wealth of other recipes in the KAF archives – muffins, cookies, rolls, pies, etc. That said, I’m content to bake a new variety of bread every month and I love the look of the twists and braids.
This month’s recipe was Classic Challah and I was all about it. I’ve made a few kinds of challah in the past, which allowed me to focus on the appearance of my loaf and not stress out about the recipe.
As far as the King Arthur Flour Bakealong recipes go, this one had one of the shortest ingredient lists. Besides rising time, it was really fast and simple to put together, especially since I used my stand mixer to knead the dough.
I went with a straightforward braid for my challah loaf, but was intentional about making sure the braid was tight and straight. I was really pleased with the result.
This loaf did not last long in our house; we sampled it almost immediately and then used the rest for French toast. Highly recommended.
Each month, the folks at King Arthur Flour post a recipe and tips for the #Bakealong challenge. Anyone is invited to make the recipe and share their creations on social media. It’s a really fun way to try new things and be part of a community. If baking interests you at all, you should join in next month. Let me know if you do!
Just a reminder, by way of full disclosure: I have no affiliation with King Arthur Flour and received no compensation for writing about Bakealong. I’m just participating because I love to bake!