One of the tasks that I wanted to tackle yesterday (on my day off) was to try making challah bread again. This time, I used the same recipe but decided to hand knead the dough, rather then using the dough hook on my beloved KitchenAid mixer.
I'm happy to report that the challah came out even better than my previous attempt. This time, it was soft and fluffy, and just downright beautiful to look at. I also decided to bake it as a round braided challah rather than a long loaf as that is much easier to handle. I kind of like the round challah better - esthetically it looks much more professional this way.
A sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds added that final touch.
Even Ms. Salty couldn't keep her eyes and nose away...
If you try this recipe, I would definitely suggest hand kneading over a mixer attachment. The end result is worth the little extra effort.