Monday, January 18, 2010

Bamboo Charcoal Challah Bread

Made a Challah Bread with Bamboo Charcoal powder on Saturday. The recipe is from Alejandra Ramos , a blogger from New York. She was using bamboo charcoal powder which she had crushed with a mortar and pestle at home. I communicated with her and offered to send her some Bamboo Charcoal powder as this was not readily available in the US. I am now waiting to see her beautiful Challah.

The six-braid Challah, when nicely braided is really stunning. However, my braiding skills are zilch and I really had a difficult time trying to braid the six rolls of dough together. If you look at the top left of the loaf, you would be able to see where I have wrongly overlap the dough instead of going underneath it.

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Next to Alejandra's beautifully braided Challah, mine looked so deformed. However, do not be misled by looks alone as underneath that awful and digusting looking braided lump of a bread is a very tender loaf which is rich with the flavor of olive oil and slight hint of sweetness. The sesame on the crust gave it a nice nutty fragrance and crunch too.

The star ingredient, the Bamboo Charcoal Powder, only gave it the rich black on the crust and a purplish-grey on the insides. I had used only 2 teaspoons of the charcoal powder and you can see how black the crust is. You don't taste the Bamboo Charcoal at all but you know it is working its miracle as a detoxifying agent as that is what it is good for.
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13 comments:

dd said...

Glad that you are back again..
Happy New Year.

dd

Anonymous said...

Luv the bread ..... I bought back a small bottle of charcoal powder when I was in Spore last year. Got to put it to good use.

Thanks for the link and post.

Ange :)

Alejandra said...

Hi There!! I'm so excited to see your bread. It came out fantastic! I actually think the braid looks nice, but the best part is how beautiful and dark the color is! I love it and am so happy that my recipe worked well for you.

I, believe it or not, haven't been able to make my challah yet! i was waiting until after the holidays but have been so busy that I haven't had the chance yet (I can't believe it's already almost February!). I have my little package of charcoal powder sitting waiting for me on my kitchen counter. Now that I see yours I'm even more excited to try it out!

Thank you so much again.

John said...

wow.. nice:) always thought bamboo charcoal can be used as home air purifiers or water purifiers only. Never know that it can be made into bread :) Impressive!

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That is an odd looking bread, looks as if been stored on a cabinet for 50 years, dont get me wrong it probably taste like heaven, but I'm just commenting on how it looks.

sokeleng said...

This is the second time I make the charcoal bread. At the first time, I put too much charcoal power, ended up I had gotten a burnt or weird after taste from it. The taste really put me off. I had stopped using the charcoal power for few months. This time the bread taste so good. I mix 25g charcoal power with 400g flour. Hubby treat himself with thick Nutella on top of the toast. He like it very much!

Lisa
www.bakingfrenzy.com

Anonymous said...

I'm in Singapore until tmrw afternoon, I am at elizabeth novena hospital, so can only travel to adjacent novena mall or orchard rd, is there somewhere in these areas I can buy bamboo charcoal powder???

Rusti said...

This would be nearest to your location. Give them a call to check stock. Perhaps you could go there on the way to the airport. Give youself an additional hour from your intended departure time.
Phoon Huat at Toa Payoh
Blk 107 Toa Payoh Lorong 1 #01-270
Singapore 310107. Tel: 6353 9136 ...

Grannos said...

This is so interesting and amazing! Will definitely try it! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

That looks like my dogs turd... No really, like a big wad of poop.

Rusti said...

Haha Anonymous, I thot so myself too. Was not skilled in the braiding and the lighting was not ideal too. But the bread tasted awesome nevertheless

Lara Maria said...

Hey, really love the idea. Is there any way you could send me some of the charcoal powder, since I cannot find it anywhere in Germany. Would really appreciate it. Maybe I can send you something German instead?? THANKSSSS Lara Maria

Rusti said...

Hi Lara
Can you email me your address at mars_lasar@yahoo.com.sg