Friday, December 11, 2009
Healthy Breads: Holiday Challah
Our second bonus recipe for the HBin5 baking group is a Whole Grain Challah with Cranberries and Orange Zest. Photos do not do this bread justice -- it is lovely in appearance and tastes delicious.
Because my braid was on the long side, I decided to form it into a wreath. It just seemed appropriate for the holiday season.
Just before putting it into the oven, I brushed it with an egg wash and then sprinkled the top with an orange zest-sugar mixture. For both the topping and the bread, I zested one of my blood oranges and used my fingers to rub the zest and sugar together. There was a great orange aroma in the kitchen afterwards, and I even have a bit of topping leftover for the future second loaf.
Fresh from the oven.
The topping was orangey and crunchy and yummy.
The crumb was nice, too. I'm not sure how much this bread was supposed to rise, but the insides look good to me.
For the recipe, head over to Michelle's blog. If you have the new HBin5 book, find the recipe for Whole Grain Challah and customize it with dried cranberries and orange zest for a great holiday treat.