Challah with Cinnamon & Brown Sugar


Saturday morning I woke up to the sound of rain droplets hitting against my window. So, the planned run turned into a spend your morning in bed kind of day.  At first I was a little bummed about the snappy weather but as the morning progressed, I was giddy and felt spoiled to have a good chunk of Saturday morning all to myself in bed with this book. The afternoon slowly rolled around yet the weather remained gloomy and naturally I  wanted to bake a bread. If you have been reading my posts lately, you probably are aware of my recent bread issues – case in point this and this. This particular rainy morning I wanted to make a beautiful loaf  that would waft a cozy, sweet smell all over my apartment. I could not think of anything more beautiful than a braided challah with cinnamon and brown sugar (which by the way is a straight up inspiration from Sarah’s loaf).


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