It is funny, when she made the maple syrup challah, she broke with her practice and did an overnight rise, and when I did it, I did a single rise during the day of baking. The yeast bloomed so beautifully, that the single rise worked very well.
Braiding the challah was fun. A bit of trial and error. I wish the sides were a bit more even, bit, it definitely looks like a heart.
Maple Syrup Challah
From The Challah Blog
2/3 cup water
2 1/4 tsp instant yeast
1/4 cup pure maple syrup plus about 1 tbsp more for egg wash
1 egg plus 1 more for egg wash (from Farmer Kim)
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
3 cup bread flour
1 tsp salt
Proof the yeast with the hot water and maple syrup. Let rest 10 minutes or until foamy.
Let rest in a covered, oiled bowl for about 1 1/2 – 2 hours.
Braid as you desire (I did my Valentine’s Heart).