So after seeing Nicole at Pinch My Salt write about making Challah. I further investigated the Peter Reinhart recipe and decided to give it a go. My confidence was bolstered a bit by previous no-knead bread baking attempts, although this was definitely more of a challenge, with the windowpane-ing, the rolling and the braiding.
My braid was a little messy, and it turns out bread braiding (unlike hair braiding) is a one shot deal. After the braided bread rose some more, and then after baking the braid had almost completely disappeared. My main goal was to the use the bread for french toast, so I wasn’t all that concerned with the way it looked. It tastes great.