Challah with Chef-in-Training Rosie

Friday, August 6, 2010

Challah Baking with Rosie
Pastry Chef-in-Training Rosie from Johnson and Wales
First year students wear green collars. Next year, she'll get a light green collar.

My friend Helen has three absolutely beautiful girls. Oops. They aren't "girls" anymore, but will forever be in my eyes. I met them shortly after the Northridge earthquake (yes, in California, we date things by earthquakes) when Helen and I worked together at Project Angel Food.

Holy Moly. Time flies. Rosie is the youngest and was 3 years old when I met her! 3 years old and, she is going to kill me for saying this, loving her binky. I have watched her and her sisters Emily and Alison grow up to be strong, independent, loving, laugh out loud funny and sincere women. I am so proud of them. Excuse me while I go wipe my eyes...

Anyway, Rosie just finished her first year at the prestigious Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island (Tyler Florence is an alum!). She made incredible - totally incredible - breads, chocolates, desserts in her first year in the baking and pastry arts program.

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Since Rosie is home in Los Angeles for the summer, I hired her to teach a class at my house: The Carb Class. My friend Jessica and her brother Dominic and I made Challah and Cream Puffs with pastry cream filling. Delicious!

Everything is weighed or "scaled." Professionals weigh water, milk, eggs. Made things so much easier. I usually weigh dry ingredients, but will now try the wet ingredients too!

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We made three loaves of six-braid Challah bread

Challah Baking with Rosie
Doing a six-braid isn't that hard...but it does take some talking to yourself..."this one goes over, bring this to the center..." You can find great videos on YouTube to help you out too.

Challah Baking with Rosie
While this Challah was rising, we went to the Counter for lunch. I'll post about that yummy lunch next week!

Challah Baking with Rosie

Challah Baking with Rosie
Can't wait to make some French toast and bread pudding with my Challah!

Challah Baking with Rosie
Pastry Chef-in-Training Rosie with her students Dominic and Jessica

Rosie was a great teacher...explaining the science behind baking and showing great patience with us. She was selected out of a huge pool of candidates at her school to go to Yssingeaux, FRANCE and bake next year! Yes, she is that talented and awesome! It's a Major. Big. Deal. and Rosie simply rocks.

I'll finish our class with tomorrow's post about featuring the delightful Cream Puffs! And it'll be my 39 8/12 birthday giveaway! Come on back tomorrow to enter.
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Mary said... [Reply to comment]

What a great idea to have a pastry class in your house! My college was right around the corner from J&W in Providence (Brown) and I it is a good thing that I didn't know that challah and pastries lurked just around the corner when I was an undergrad because I would have weighed 700 pounds by the end of each academic year!

Rebecca said... [Reply to comment]

Your challahs are so beautiful. I have never tried a six strand braid (even though I have been baking challah for a long time). I will give it a shot. Gorgeous challahs!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Challah is a staple in our kitchen. It is a wonderful soft breakfast bread.

Hearty Bakes said... [Reply to comment]

Very nice soft challah!
Sounds interesting to have class right at the comfort of home. It sure looks fun!

Memória said... [Reply to comment]

This challah has got to best one I've ever seen. Wow. It was braided so tightly and perfectly. Beautiful work!

Sumi said... [Reply to comment]

Wow Mary - awesome challah! And Rosie is a star!

Susan @ SGCC said... [Reply to comment]

Go Rosie! That challah is perfection!

Jessica said... [Reply to comment]

Ah, that looks like fun! Bet it tastes amazing. Congrats to Rosie!

eatme_delicious said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful challah! I've only done a regular 3 braided one and will have to try a 6 braid next time!

The Urban Baker said... [Reply to comment]

I'm envious! Pastry school is on my bucket list. Sounds like a truly wonderful day spent with friends, eating, laughing, and loving!

Katie Jourdenais said... [Reply to comment]

Rosie's bread looks amazing, we miss her here at J&W!

Bren said... [Reply to comment]

Found you through my friend A Chica Bakes. Lovely looking bread!! :)

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