A couple of weeks ago, I shared this picture of my five-strand challah, all braided and ready to go into the oven. I braid five strands every week for Shabbat – one strand for each member of my family.
A few of you asked for instructions and I promised to make a quick video of me braiding the challah, since sometimes its easier to do something after watching someone else do it, rather than just reading an explanation (over, under, over, under from right to left).
Yesterday, I got out my iPhone to video myself (which is harder than you might think!) braiding our challah when my six year old daughter squealed, “I want to do it! I want to do it!”
I thought I was just humoring her, but it turned out so cute – and so good! – that I just had to share. And hey — you know that if a six-year old can do it, it really is as simple as I promised you.
The only thing I do differently than my daughter is I don’t pinch the tops of the challah at the beginning. I leave them open/loose and then I reverse the order (from left to right – under, over, under, over, under) to get the last few bits braided.
If you have any questions after watching this, please let me know in the comments – I’m happy to try to help you out!
Also, for those who have asked, I make my dough in the bread maker every week (actually, my husband makes the dough – I just take it out and braid it and bake it. Easier than going to the store – and much less expensive!)
Personal note from a mom: I very rarely share photos – and have never shared videos – of my kids on the blog. I like to protect their privacy (even though they think their mom having a blog is totally cool and want me to feature them more often!). I’m a bit nervous to be sharing her in such a public way, so please be kind and don’t anybody turn into a stalker.