Shape a Round Challah Bread Loaf

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Learn tips and techniques on how to shape a special round Challah with raisins in this free recipe video clip on bread baking.

Part of the Video Series: How to Bake a Traditional Challah Bread
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now we are going to make a traditional round challah loaf with raisins. First we would dust our board again with flour just lightly you don't want to much and place our dough on the board and push out the air the best you can. This is a traditional bread for Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah and so we put raisin in it for extra sweetness for a sweet New Year. Okay just roll that dough out to about a half inch thick. Getting a lot of air out of it and then we are going to sprinkle it with some raisins. These are some nice golden raisins to go with the nice golden color of the loaf it is about half cup a quarter to half of cup of raisins and we are just going to roll that dough up. Start by tucking it in on the sides and then rolling it up like that. Do it nice and tight and pinch up the ends, pinch the whole side and then again you want that shape even dough this is all one strand you want to spin out the ends of the strands so you have a fat middle and skinny ends. You can even do it between your hands like this and this would give it a nice shape as you see when I turn it into a round loaf. Now you take start with one of the skinny ends and you just roll it up. Don't stretch the dough as you roll it just nicely wrap it around and then pinch together on the side and we will place that on a baking sheet with a piece of baking paper and you get a nice shape skinny in the middle and it gets fat and then it just kind of rolls into itself. Now we would cover that with plastic wrap to keep it moist you don't want it to get dry and crack as it is rising and we would set that aside for a half a hour to rise before we bake it.

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