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New to Baking? Try This Bread First (Says Uri Scheft)

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Our Baking Club is baking their way through Uri Scheft's Breaking Breads all month long, and so far, three breads are rising (heh) to the top of everyone's to-bake lists: challah, focaccia, and kubaneh. Read on to see photos from our club members and get Scheft's recipes for them, too.

However, if you join our Baking Club, you can get more than just recipes—Uri Scheft himself has joined and is taking questions from the group. Lindsay Sowa asked, "What would you suggest as a good recipe to start with as an introduction to your book, that will help bakers familiarize themselves with your writing style and instruction?" Scheft enthusiastically replied, "Challah!" So you especially won't want to miss his recently shared recipe for Sticky Pull-Apart Challah Braid.

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Photos by Yukako Asai, Solveig Malvik
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Sticky Pull-Apart Cinnamon Challah Braid

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Makes 2 loaves

Challah Bread Dough (1/2 recipe—about 1 3/4 pounds—challah dough)

  • 400 grams (1 2/3 cups) cool room-temperature water
  • 40 grams (3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons) fresh yeast OR 15 grams (1 tablespoon plus 1 3/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 1 kilo (7 cups) all-purpose flour (sifted, 11.7%), plus extra for shaping
  • 2 large eggs
  • 100 grams (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
  • 15 grams (1 tablespoon) fine salt
  • 75 grams (5 tablespoons) sunflower oil or canola oil or unsalted butter (at room temperature)

Cinnamon-Sugar Filling, Egg Wash, & Simple Syrup

  • CINNAMON-SUGAR FILLING
  • 200 grams (1 stick plus 5 tablespoons) unsalted butter (at cool room temperature)
  • 150 grams (3/4 cup, packed) dark brown sugar
  • 100 grams (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
  • 5 grams (1 teaspoon) ground cinnamon
  • EGG WASH
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 pinch fine salt
  • SIMPLE SYRUP
  • 160 grams (3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon) granulated sugar
  • 120 grams (1/2 cup) water
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Focaccia

Photos by Stanca Lucaciu, Joy Huang
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No-Knead Focaccia

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Makes 8 focaccia (1.5 kilos / 3 1/3 pounds of dough)
  • 680 grams (3 cups) cool room-temperature water
  • 10 grams (1 1/4 tablespoons) fresh yeast or or 3 grams (1/2 teaspoon) active dry yeast
  • 850 grams (6 3/4 cups) all-purpose flour (sifted, 11.7%) or “00” pizza flour, plus lots of extra flour for dusting and kneading
  • 10 grams (2 teaspoons) sugar
  • 10 grams (2 teaspoons) fine salt
  • Extra-virgin olive oil as needed
  • Fresh oregano, as needed, finely chopped
  • Sesame seeds, as needed
  • Coarse salt, as needed
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Kubaneh

Photo by Brooke Baldi
Photos by Oliver Randall III, Joyce Wah
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Uri Scheft's Yemeni Kubaneh

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Makes 16 rolls
  • 290 grams (1 1/4 cups) cool room-temperature water
  • 20 grams (2 1/2 tablespoons) fresh yeast or 8 grams (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 500 grams (4 cups) all-purpose flour, sifted, plus extra for shaping
  • 60 grams (1/4 cup) granulated sugar
  • 20 grams (1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon) fine salt
  • 150 grams (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
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