I found a challah recipe that doesn't make 2-3 loaves! I am excited. I love challah, but am not a huge fan of freezing and thawing my bread. So I was excited when I found a recipe for 1 challah loaf. And braiding bread is fun! I would have taken a picture, but before I ate it a chunk before I had a chance and it was no longer photogenic. Oh well, I'm sure I'll try again.
Something seemed a little off about it. The texture wasn't quite right. The instructions did confuse me a little. You start out with a stiff blend of dough, then you knead until its soft? The dough was never soft for me. That is probably the problem. Also, the taste was slightly off, but I expect that is because I used half honey that had crystalized (which I don't think was a problem or maybe that's what affected the texture, anyone know?) and half raw wildflower honey, which has a bit of a taste that is different from other honeys.
This might be a pointless entry with no picture and no recommendations and just a link to the recipe. However, I'll try it again and we can compare, and then it will be more of a base of learning post.
However, I will take this opportunity to mention my new favorite website http://www.tastespotting.com/. I'm trying to reduce my pointless time online, and this is actually good for that because 1) it's slightly less pointless than facebook. I did after all get a challah recipe there. 2) It takes less time to look at pretty pictures and bookmark some of my favorites than I will invariably spend on any other site to get the same amount of "break" quality. After all, sometimes I just feel like killing a few minutes online and reading through one page of that website is satisfies that craving sufficiently.