A question about a recipe: Jessica Fechtor's Five-Fold Challah

I have a question about the recipe "Jessica Fechtor's Five-Fold Challah" from Genius Recipes. Better to do a full 16-hour fridge rise and cut down on the second room-temp proof or let it rise for closer to 12 or 13 hours in the fridge and the full room-temp proof?

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Nancy
Nancy November 4, 2016

Pending Jessica's response, I think it's always better (even essential) to fave a second rise. If you're short of time, you can even do both rises at room temp.
Yes fridge rise gives lovely taste and texture, but it's a refinement...

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AJerusalemArtichoke
AJerusalemArtichoke November 4, 2016

Thank you! Fingers crossed it turns out.

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ChefJune
ChefJune November 4, 2016

As an avid bread baker for more than 50 years, I can assure you you don't want to skimp on the second rise. But you don't want to over-rise it the second time, either. The dough does need to come to room temp and then rise before baking.

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