For the last few months I've been talking about making challah. Unfortunately, time just hasn't been on my side. That's why I was really excited to finally have time this past Thursday to bake challah (Thanksgiving-->no work). Turns out it's been a bit over a year since the last time I made challah with my friends Paige and Jenn.
This time I found a recipe posted on a well-known blogger's website: Jaden's Steamy Kitchen. Jaden has an absolutely beautiful blog with great recipes and amazing photography...and she posted a recipe for Nutella challah adopted from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.
Unfortunately, for whatever reason, this challah was a pain in you-know-what to make! Like a monster, the dough kept on eating up more and more flour...I think I added at least 4 extra cups of flour, and still it did not become smooth and silky. Part of me wanted to give up, but at that point I not only spent my time, but also eggs, flour, yeast, etc. The only reason for this mess I can think of is that I used margarine instead of butter (I did not have any butter on hand), but would 1/2 cup really matter? Oh, I also substituted 1/4 cup of honey for maple syrup because I ran out of honey.
At the end, I managed to form 3 tubes out of the dough, flatten them out, spread some Nutella on each, "close" them up and then braid them to make challah. Anna made 2 Nutella challas too, and I made currant/orange zest buns out of the leftover dough (buns pictured on the left).
The leftover challah made for awesome French Toast.