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Delicious homemade challah in fun festive colors to celebrate Mardi Gras!
I made this delicious bread as part of our Mardi Gras celebration and it was a beautiful and delicious hit! It does take a bit of patience, but it's a good sturdy dough and you spend most of the time ignoring the bread and allowing it to rise. Dying the dough was easily the hardest part, and without that this would have been almost ridiculously simple.

Posted by MagicalGirlMaya from Dallas, Texas, United States • Published See MagicalGirlMaya's 206 projects »
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  • How to bake a challah bread. Mardi Gras Challah  - Step 1
    Step 1

    The ingredients.

  • How to bake a challah bread. Mardi Gras Challah  - Step 2
    Step 2

    Melt the butter and milk over medium heat while you’ve got the yeast rising in the warm water with a pinch of sugar.

  • How to bake a challah bread. Mardi Gras Challah  - Step 3
    Step 3

    Once it’s melted add the sugar, salt and honey to the butter/milk mixture. Let it cool to about 100 degrees then you can add the yeast mixture into it along with the eggs.

  • How to bake a challah bread. Mardi Gras Challah  - Step 4
    Step 4

    Move the mixture into the bowl of a heavy duty mixer and add 5 cups of bread flour and mix on medium speed for 10 minutes, occasionally adding more flour until the dough begins to pull away from the sides and the dough becomes smooth and elastic.

  • How to bake a challah bread. Mardi Gras Challah  - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cover it with a tea towel and let it proof for about an hour in a warm place, then punch it down and allow it to proof again for about 45 minutes.

  • How to bake a challah bread. Mardi Gras Challah  - Step 6
    Step 6

    Then cut the dough in half. This recipe makes 2 loaves.

  • How to bake a challah bread. Mardi Gras Challah  - Step 7
    Step 7

    Cover the half you’re not using to avoid it drying out, then cut the half you are using into three equal parts.

  • How to bake a challah bread. Mardi Gras Challah  - Step 8
    Step 8

    Roll each of the pieces out.

  • How to bake a challah bread. Mardi Gras Challah  - Step 9
    Step 9

    You’re looking for each piece to be about 16 inches.

  • How to bake a challah bread. Mardi Gras Challah  - Step 10
    Step 10

    Align the pieces and braid one half of the loaf.

  • How to bake a challah bread. Mardi Gras Challah  - Step 11
    Step 11

    Then turn it around and braid the other half.

  • How to bake a challah bread. Mardi Gras Challah  - Step 12
    Step 12

    This is what it should look like when it’s done.

  • How to bake a challah bread. Mardi Gras Challah  - Step 13
    Step 13

    I highly recommend using a scale to ensure that all your pieces are roughly the same size.

  • How to bake a challah bread. Mardi Gras Challah  - Step 14
    Step 14

    This whole next part is totally optional. I used the dyes to dye the bread the colors of Mardi Gras. You really have to eyeball all of this to get the right about of dye.

  • How to bake a challah bread. Mardi Gras Challah  - Step 15
    Step 15

    This is easily the part that takes the most time/work. You REALLY have to knead the dye into the dough to get it all the way through. Also, the purple looks kind of grey until you bake it.

  • How to bake a challah bread. Mardi Gras Challah  - Step 16
    Step 16

    Me and the boyfriend actually started out by braiding both ends of the bread at the same time.

  • How to bake a challah bread. Mardi Gras Challah  - Step 17
    Step 17

    Then he gave up and I went a braided his side of the loaf as well.

  • How to bake a challah bread. Mardi Gras Challah  - Step 18
    Step 18

    Then cover them with cling film and let them rise in their new form for a third time. While they’re rising pre-heat your oven to 375 F.

  • How to bake a challah bread. Mardi Gras Challah  - Step 19
    Step 19

    Traditionally challah is made with a glaze, but I couldn’t decide on a recipe for the glaze that I liked, so I just covered them in butter and put them in the oven to cook for 35-40 minutes.

  • How to bake a challah bread. Mardi Gras Challah  - Step 20
    Step 20

    And this is what the finished product looks like!

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