Challah or brioche?

Aside from aesthetic differences, challah doesn’t contain dairy products. Challah is also typically leaner, much leaner than brioche. The leanest brioche, aka poor man’s brioche, is typically around 20% butter (in baker’s percentages), while fats in challah amount to no more than 15%, usually. Challah is typically hydrated with a large amount of water and a small amount of egg, while brioche is hydrated with a small amount of milk and a large amount of egg. Challah usually contains an additional 2-3% of sugar compared to brioche. Challah is typically washed with egg only, while brioche uses a milk/egg wash.

Johnathan Law

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