Monday, December 7, 2009

Whole Grain Challah with Cranberries and Orange Zest

I did it! I actually made the Bread for the Challenge before it was due. I hope anyone visiting this site from the Bread Group enjoys my pics. I started off with two buckets of flour - one whole wheat and one white flour and one empty bucket to mix in. Then after adding the dry ingredients I got this:

Very fragrant and colorful. I then added all the wet ingredients and ended up with a bucket of dough that I let rise 2 hours. It started like this:

And rose this much. Don't look to closely at the bottom of the bucket - I never seem to get all the flour incorporated. Oh well, it still works. Also don't look at the counters. This is now how my whole kitchen looks all the time - flour everywhere.


I put it in the fridge for awhile and then later made the Challah. I rolled out a 1 pound piece and it was about 5 feet long. I think next time I would take smaller peices and roll out the 3 pieces to braid individually. It braided pretty easily into this (I can't remember if this picture was before it rose again or not.):
After baking, the house smelled wonderful. The orange flavor was really strong. It is really like a bread (not a pastry) which I like because my kids love it and I love it because there isn't any sugar besides honey. I didn't put the egg wash nor the sugar on top as the recipe called for. We sliced and ate it Saturday as we rushed out the door. I also like that it has whole wheat and wheat germ and cranberries. It is a great way to help my kids eat more healthy.
But just so you don't get the wrong idea about us - we do like our sugar and so I made some of the dough into Cinnamon Rolls. I eventually make all of the different breads into cinnamon rolls. I just take a chunk, roll it out, throw brown sugar and cinnamon on top, roll up, slice, rise and bake. This picture is what they looked like after I let them rise and before baking. Of course we ate them before I could take the final after picture. I am going to have to get faster at taking pictures or at least learn how to take a picture while eating.
Happy baking!


As one more note - The recipe makes a lot of dough. I used the dough that was left and baked it in a loaf pan. It too was eaten before a picture could be taken and it too was delicious!

12 comments:

  1. Both the braid and the rolls turned out beautifully! I may have to turn some of mine into cinnamon rolls, actually :)

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  2. My mouth is watering!!! Great job

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  3. So happy that you and your family are loving the fresh bread. I still remember waiting for my Mom's breads to come out of the oven and the house always smelled so good! Nothing like the smell of bread baking...nothing!

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  4. The first time I forgot the egg wash and sugar/orange zest topping but I put it on with the second loaf and really recommend it as it adds an extra dimension of flavor.

    Great job on the recipe!

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  5. It's it rewarding when things get eaten before you can snap a picture? Got to love that! No better compliment can be given. The rolls look beautiful.

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  6. I wonder if you replace some of the water with orange juice if you get more oj flavor. Looks great! Orange cinnamon rolls look great!

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  7. Ooh! Those cinnamon rolls look wonderful! I thought about making some sticky buns. I still have some dough in the freezer. May have to try this. Thanks!

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  8. Love your post and pics! Very curious about what the cinnamon rolls are sitting in. Is that a wooden bowl? You said this was before you baked them, so I find it very intriguing!

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  9. Oh wow - cinnamon rolls would be amazing with this dough! I bet they were fantastic.

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  10. I baked the cinnamon rolls in a Pampered Chef stoneware piece that I have had forever. I love the PC stoneware and it works really well for bread.

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  11. My daughter and I agreed that this recipe would be good dressed up with a little cinnamon. Your rolls look like just the answer!
    ~Jenny~

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