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.
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!