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The ugliest challah

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I had such high hopes… but it turned out so, so badly.  Well, tasty enough.  But UGLY as sin.It all started with a video that showed a beautiful, trim Israeli lady making the most gorgeous braids with the kind of ease that you only acquire after having made thousands of them.I watched it.  Naomi Rivka watched it.  We were inspired – hooray!As soon as I started to pull of this complicated six-braid, everything began to go horribly wrong, starting with the ginormous octopus contraption you see at the top of this post.From there, I created a not-too-shabby looking braided thingy…And then tucked it together to resemble – um, a mummified dog?Yuck, says Naomi Rivka.Meanwhile, she herself was inspired by another technique she’d seen in the video to create a round challah, wrapped with a band to make it more regal.  Beautiful!Just to make the situation even more ridiculous, it turned out there wasn’t room on my (entire-oven-sized) baking pan for both of our challahs… so, ever the martyr, I sa…

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