It doesn’t take very long to get good at making bread. This first photo is the first challah, which we ate at and ‘s Hanukkah feast. You can see that it’s kind of ropy, because the braids didn’t meld together. Why didn’t the braids meld together? Because the dough wasn’t kneaded enough.
This second one is yesterday’s challah, for dinner with and . You can see that the braids have fully melded under the bread’s skin, and you’re left with bread to be cut, rather than bread to be torn into strands. The difference between the kneading of the first loaf and the kneading of the second loaf was about six minutes, and a little extra flour on the kneading surface.
It’s amazing that such a little thing can make such a huge difference.