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Three and Six Stranded Braids, Along with a Mutated Starfish and a Spiral

March 22, 2014 | 2 comments

So, you’ve made the dough and now you’re ready to braid. Braiding is my favorite part of making challah. It has a methodical feel to it and spending one to one time with dough and the little yeasties in it is just so…. pleasant. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to braid a three stranded braid, six stranded braid, and a star with six points made from the six stranded braid.

First: The Three Stranded Braid

You’re going to have 3 ropes, about a foot to a foot and a half long. Connect them at the top.

Rolling the dough.

Three strands connected

Put the third strand over the second strand, placing it in the middle of the first and second strands.

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Put the first strand over the strand that you just moved and in the middle of the two other stands strands.

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Place the very left strand over the one you just moved, in the middle of the two other strands.

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Now, just keep alternating, putting the very left strand in the middle of the other two strands then, placing the very right strand in the middle of the other strands.

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I have seen people do it by starting in the middle, but to me its more complicated than it needs to be. It does end up as a slightly more even braid though.

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Sprinkle on sesame seeds!

Second: The Six Stranded Braid.

This braid is slightly more complicated but results in a beautiful braid with more height.

Roll out six strands, about one and a half foot long each. Connect at the top.

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Place the very right strand over all the other ones.

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Place the second strand on the left over all the other strands except for the first strand on the left.

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Place the first strand moved next to the other right 3.

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Place the second to last strand over all the others, on the right side.

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Place the second strand moved, on the right, over in the middle. It should be 4th.

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Place the second strand on the left over all the other strands to its right.

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Place the first strand on the left over two strands. It should be third.

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Place the second to last strand over all the other strands to its left.

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You can now begin to see a braid forming. Repeat this pattern starting from step 3 on the top, until braid is to your desired length.

Third: Starfish with Six Legs, Also Known as the Six Pointed Star.

Do three six strand braids as instructed up there, stopping half way. Place two together like so:

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Place the first strand over all the other strands.

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Place the second to last strand over all the others to its left.

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Place the last strand in the middle. It should be the 4th strand.

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Place the second strand over all the others to its right.

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Place the first strand in the middle. It should be the third strand.

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Place the second to last strand over all the others to its left.

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Repeat from step three until braid is complete.

Place the other braid next to the others like so:

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Repeat braiding, until the other two are completed. It should look like so:

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Fourth: Spiral

Next, we’re going to make a spiral. This can be stuffed with raisins for Rosh Hashanah, or placed on top of our starfish to fill the hole.

Roll out two strands, about a foot long. Connect them together and twist by placing one on top of another. You might have to hold the top.

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Roll one end like a snail to the other end.

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Bake separately or on top of our finished starfish.

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Brush with egg wash and bake. Enjoy!

Contrairy to my parents’ belief, these can be eaten and are not just a decorative item.

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Uh, oh! Starfish is missing a few arms… Why are you looking at me?

Great with honey!

Great with honey!


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  1. kimjoyh on

    April 5, 2014 at 2:37 pm says

    This is amazing, I love how massive it is! You could carve out the centre and fill it with soup even!

    Reply
    • Anne on

      April 5, 2014 at 2:44 pm says

      What a great idea!

      Reply

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