Happy Sunday Bread Heads! This week we’ll be fulfilling a request for Challa. Now, we have done braided breads before and almost always someone says “Hey Challa!”. The thing is, while all Challa have some type of braid, not all braided breads are Challa. Part of what makes Challa…er..um.. Challa, is saffron.
Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. Below is a picture of what $20 worth of saffron looks like. You can get much better prices buying it in bulk, but who needs that much saffron? Here is the dirty little secret; you can make perfectly fine Challa without the saffron. It makes the bread just a little yellower and it gives only a slight overtone in the overall flavor of the bread. So, if you find that buying saffron is a bridge too far, then just leave it out, no one will ever know.
On to the bread!