I had a couple of ideas for this week’s challah. First I thought I’d try a flavor. Although “pumpkin spice” everything is in this time of year, you won’t see me on the pumpkin train. I hear that Smitten Kitchen has a great apple challah recipe. I may have to try it in November. I also am a huge fan of this week’s Torah portion, Noah. What’s not to love about animals and a dove showing land, a rainbow and a promise? I looked for images of doves to make into challah and only found sitting birds, not birds in flight. And Noah really needs a dove in flight. So I went for the next obvious symbol for this portion, the rainbow. I divided the dough into 6 parts. Then I took each portion of dough, and added some food color to it and worked it in.
Here’s the second rise:
And all the dough laid out to braid:
Then I did a basic 6 braid: (I made some small challot for my house-mate who is traveling this shabbat!)
The colors were amazing!!
It baked up, maintaining most of the brightness!
And the color goes right through the dough!!
One thing that I noticed about this challah, is that working the color into the dough makes it a bit over worked. I may have to experiment with other ways to color the dough, that keeps the challah fluffy. It still tastes good (I tried the cut loaf) but is denser than what I usually make.