Last December, I made this cute "Challah 6-Point Star" and served it at Christmas Breakfast. It was the first time I've ever made it and I had lots of fun.
Unfortunately its points are not "geometrically" in the perfect place... I swear, they used to be, before I tragically found out that my star was far too big for the baking sheet (moment of panic!). Increasing the ingredients hadn't been the best idea, that time! I promise, the next time I make it, I'll take a better picture, worthy of being used for a tutorial ;-)!
The star is formed out of:
- 6 x 6-strain braids (please find the instructions here)
- 1 x twisted flower for the top (please find the instructions here)
and the dough I've used is: Challah - fat reduced (but you surely can use any "elastic" yeasted dough).
Lo scorso dicembre ho preparato questa simpatica stella a 6 punte di Challah e l'ho servita alla colazione di Natale. Era la prima volta che la facevo e mi sono divertita molto.
Picture 1: First of all divide the dough in 20 parts, form little balls of about 1.75 oz (50 g) each, cover them and let them rest for 10 minutes.
Picture 2: Roll 18 strands of approximately 18 inch (45 cm) and 2 strands of about 14 inch (35 cm) and cover them (18x 18-inch strands are for the star, 2 x 14-inch braids are for the twisted flower).
Foto 1: Innanzitutto dividere l'impasto in 20 porzioni di circa 50 g, poi formare delle palline, coprirle e lasciarle riposare per circa 10 minuti.
Picture 1: Take 6 strands and form a 6-strand braid but do stop at half way.
Repeat two more times so that you have 3x 6-strand braids.
Picture 2: Arrange the 3x 6-strand braids as shown on picture 2, and position their un-braided strands as follows: 3 to their right and 3 to their left.
In this way 6 un-braided strands are adjacent to each other in 3 separate groups.
Foto 1: Formare un intreccio a 6 capi fermandosi a metà strada.
Lasciar lievitare fino a quasi al raddoppio e cuocere nel forno preriscaldato a 190°C per circa 30 minuti (ho controllato la temperatura al centro del pane: era pronto a 93°C).