(C)hollaback girl

Look what I made in the weekend…

This, dear friends, is a six-strand chollah bread. Here it is from another angle…

Pretty cool, huh?

Good shiksa that I am, I more or less followed this recipe from Belleau Kitchen (which Dom says came from the WI, oddly enough) because I liked the idea of being able to get it all ready the day before, then pull it out of the fridge to be baked in the morning. But when it came to the plaiting I watched this fantastic video to see how to do it. I set the laptop up on one corner of the work surface and went to it with the dough on the other, hitting pause as necessary. I had to rush – the Small Girl was waking from her nap and some friends turned up – but it was still great fun.

The chollah itself was great – and amazing toasted the day after. It might not be very kosher, so to speak, but this would be a great Christmas morning loaf because all the work is done the afternoon before. And, you know, you never have enough to do on Christmas Eve, do you?

Did you make anything new over the weekend?



  1. November 21, 2011 / 6:17 pm

    How scrummy! Also must say.. how scrummy your Kawakawa Shortbread is. That could become a Kiwi Christmas tradition!I'm trying to keep it ..but succumbed to a nibble..or two. I also enjoyed tales about the delight your wee girl is at 2 1/2. xoxo

  2. November 21, 2011 / 9:35 pm

    A lovely loaf Lucy! I really like the idea of preparing a bread the night before then plonking it in the oven the following morning for a fresh tasty bread!

  3. November 22, 2011 / 6:41 am

    Ah a shiksa after my own heart! Looks fabulous. Never attempted a 6 plait one before. You're just showing off really aren't you?

  4. November 22, 2011 / 12:09 pm

    Beautiful bread! Love the colour of it. I used a 6 braid tutorial off youtube too, its so handy! Theres a good one on there for cinnamon knotted rolls, cant wait to give them a bash.

  5. November 22, 2011 / 9:44 pm

    Love the post title. Wow this looks amazing…a friend sent one a chollah loaf for me this weekend but I've never had a go at making one myself.

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