Chocolate and Pistachio Marble Challah

I hate humidity.  I hate muggy.  I don’t hate it because it makes me feel sluggish, sticky and sweaty.  I don’t hate it because it transforms my hair into a limp, Medusa like ‘do’ of curly rat tails, or frizzes it out.  I hate it because it affects my baking.  I’ve complained about this for many summers on this blog; this blog that is now officially 4-years-old today!

Okay..now that I got that over with, more kvetching.

Chocolate and Pistachio Marble Challah
Humidity can really affect bread baking, especially if you want to braid or knot loaves or rolls.  You add the amount of flour approximated in the recipe, plus a little more, going by feel as you knead, which is usually the norm.  When it’s humid, you keep adding flour, and the stickiness resurrects with each fold and push.  The moisture in the air transfers to the dough, which absorbs cup after cup after cup of flour, and it seems to melt into the never-ending moisture as if you’ve barely added any flour at all.  THEN, when you shape the bread and set it aside to rise, it spreads like a soaking mop across a fried chicken joint floor, obliterating any shape you created, and you can forget about oven-spring.

Humidity is the succubus of dough.

Of course a wave of humidity hit, and is still going strong as I type this, right when I decided to create and bake my challah for this month’s Daring Bakers challenge.

May’s Daring Bakers Challenge was pretty twisted – Ruth from The Crafts of Mommyhood challenged us to make challah! Using recipes from all over, and tips from “A Taste of Challah,” by Tamar Ansh, she encouraged us to bake beautifully braided breads.

Chocolate and Pistachio Marble Challah
I decided to make the dough into two flavors (chocolate and pistachio) along with the basic honey white challah recipe Ruth provided us with, using that basic honey white recipe as a base for the two flavors.  I split the recipe in half, keeping one half white, then boiled water and stirred in 3 tablespoons dark cocoa, letting it cool before mixing it into the batter for the other half of the challah dough.

I now had a basic white challah dough and a chocolate challah dough, the latter in which I kneaded about 1 cup of grated dark chocolate into before letting it rise.  For the pistachio dough, I made half the recipe, adding about 2 tablespoons pistachio paste to the boiling water, plus a drop of green gel food color, letting it come to room temperature before adding it in.

After the initial rise of each dough, I realized that all three were way too tacky to braid, so I started adding flour to each batch again, kneading, then more flour, kneading, then more.  I finally reached a point where I felt all three could be braided and/or twisted into a cool knot, since there was probably enough dough for three large challah braids.  I let them rise again; visions of the perfect marble braid dancing through my head.

At this point I didn’t care about a tough loaf of challah, I just wanted it to look pretty! This goes against every cooking, baking, blogging rule I hold near and dear, but I didn’t give a shit. Humidity also affects my mood. Not in a good way.

Chocolate and Pistachio Marble Challah

So, once each dough had risen, it was time to braid. I started with the twisty knot and covered it to rise.  When I returned an hour later, it had not only spread, but the three strands in my braid had amalgamated into one freakin’ ball of mosaic! No high twisty bumps, no distinct ropes of dough, just a flat, mosaic boule, as you can see above and below. I finally gave up and baked it as is.

Chocolate and Pistachio Marble Challah

So, I decided to add more flour and try some braids with the remaining dough, using this 6-strand method, my favorite, alternating the pistachio, chocolate and white dough.  Within 15 minutes the damn braids were already starting to flatten and spread.

Eff you, humidity! Why must you seep through the walls no matter how high I crank the AC?

When an hour was up, I had two 6-strand braids that looked like this..

Chocolate and Pistachio Marble Challah

LOVE the sinkhole in the middle! I knew they were going to bake up flat, so no pretty braids here.

Obviously, I couldn’t separate them back into three colored portions of dough, so I cursed up a storm as if my foul-mouth might perform magic on them, turning them into perfectly separated, braid-worthy dough.  Nope, didn’t work.  I dumped both flat braids into an oiled bowl and let it chill in the fridge overnight; not even a modicum of an idea of what I was going to do with this mess.

When I got home the next night, this is what I was greeted with…

Chocolate and Pistachio Marble Challah.
Just as I was about to give up and surrender to another boule, an idea struck.  Thank you, baby jeebus.

Remember those tubes of multi-colored plastic goo from the 80’s, where you would put a glob on the end of a straw and blow it into a funky, psychedelic balloon? It smelled like carcinogens, and was probably akin to breathing in lead paint, but it was fun! I just looked it up; my search term “blow goo on straw”.  Voila – Super Elastic Bubble Plastic by Wham-O!

So, I decided to divide this lump of Super Wet Elastic Boule Doughtastic into 12 pieces, each piece a swirl of all three colors, like a glob of Super Elastic Bubble Plastic, then roll them into ropes, braid them together and pray.

Hmmm..this braid was looking okay since only the ends ‘melded’ into mosaic, braidless globs, but it had not flattened within 15 minutes, which was a good sign.

Chocolate and Pistachio Marble Challah

When it was fully risen, it was nowhere near as bad as the first two, but I knew I wasn’t going to get my usual, high, humpy, tight-braided challah.  One turned out pretty flat, and the other held some humps and looked okay, and that’s the one I photographed.  I had to slice it because I couldn’t fit the whole challah in my measly little Lowel Ego Light space.  Surprisingly, they weren’t tough at all, and I think the humidity played a role in that too.  At least it was good for something..for once.

Enough cannot be said about climate controlled kitchens.  I will have one – one day, when I hit the lottery.

Chocolate and Pistachio Marble Challah
Now, because of the humidity gremlin reeking dough havoc, I can’t give you an exact recipe (although I did explain what I did in the 5th and 6th paragraphs, and I’ll explain again briefly), but, I can tell you to add dark cocoa to the amount of water in your favorite challah recipe (boil the water first, add cocoa, stir, then let cool before continuing), and knead a bunch of grated dark chocolate into the dough, for a chocolate dough.

For a pistachio dough, make or buy pistachio paste and add a couple of tablespoons into the amount of water listed in your recipe, boiled first so it dissolves, like for the chocolate dough.  Add a bit of green food color, if desired.  Let the pistachio water cool, then go ahead with your recipe. After egg washing the loaves, I sprinkled turbinado sugar on top of  both for a sweet crunch.

If you’d like the recipes Ruth provided for the Daring Bakers Challenge, which includes the one I used for my Chocolate and Pistachio Marble Challah,  CLICK HERE.  If you’d like to see some gorgeous, braided challahs that didn’t flatten, click on the links to other Daring Baker’s blogs, HERE.

I’m submitting this Chocolate and Pistachio Marble Challah to Yeastspotting, hosted by the talented Susan of Wild Yeast.

Now to the Giveaway.  It’s a Giveaway you see all over the blogosphere, but in this case, it’s from ME to YOU..no one else involved, to say thank you for a great 4 years.

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It’s  a KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer – your choice of color.

To enter this giveaway, just leave a comment.

For three extra entries you can..

1. Follow me on Twitter @parsleynsage

2. Tweet this giveaway – I just entered to win a Kitchen Aid 6 -Quart Stand Mixer at http://bit.ly/KztFYz .  Leave a comment to enter.  Ends June 4th, 2012.  June 8, 2012.

3. Like or share this giveaway on Facebook.

Leave a separate comment for each of the three bonus entries you do.

Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day Weekend!

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623 Responses to Chocolate and Pistachio Marble Challah

  1. amy marantino says:

    i would love to win this prize. thanks for the chance

  2. It looks fantastic! I hated the humidity when we lived in GA. I take the rain in WA any day! Not humid at all!!

  3. amy marantino says:

    i Follow @parsleynsage on Twitter

  4. Following you on Twitter – not sure how I missed your awesome blog before now.

  5. amy marantino says:

    i Tweeted about this giveaway

  6. Margaret Smith says:

    I’m a twitter follower (peg42)
    Thanks so much.

  7. Margaret Smith says:

    Liked on FB (Margaret E. Smith)

  8. Margaret Smith says:

    What a wonderful prize. Thanks so much for this giveaway.

  9. Happy blogiversary! What a generous giveaway! I’d love to win. 🙂

  10. mlmoise says:

    Amazing bread! Happy Anniversary!

  11. alyce poalillo says:

    I have always wanted one of theses mixers. That bread looks amazing!

  12. susie says:

    I shouldn’t have left the Daring Baker’s! I have always wanted an excuse to make challah. My neighbor bakes it every week without fail….some day. Yours is gorgeous regardless of humidity or anything else. Congrats on your anniversary!

  13. Suz says:

    Happy blogiversary, Lisa!

    Oh, that is a NICE challah. I knew you would do something cool. I love the chocolate & pistachio flavours, and the swirls look lovely.

    Effing humidity. Oh well, at least it turned out well in the end. 🙂

  14. Shelley C says:

    Happy blogiversary!
    Your challah looks pretty darn cool, humidity be darned!! LOL. I love the color swirls. And way to save that loaf with a blast from the past inspiration! 🙂 I bet the flavor combination made for some fun eating 😉

  15. Ruth H. says:

    I am so glad you were able to participate this month! I totaly think you made lemonade out of the lemons the humidity threw at you, though. The marble loaf looks way cool! And the flavor sounds yummy…! I’ll be coming for leftovers any day now!! Thank you for playing along with me!!

  16. Happy, happy, happy Blogaverssary! 4 years wow. Well I think your bread looks great. I don’t make bread much and not sure I ever did it on a hot humid day but I’ll take your word for the trouble of it. I would eat it up.

  17. I already follow you on twitter

  18. Now you make me feel so grateful for our dry climate. It might leave my skin dried up and wrinkly but at least it doesn’t mess with my dough. I love how creative you were with this challenge. I’m so glad the bread tasted great after all that aggravation.

  19. Would love to win a new mixer! New to your blog- popped on from FB and plan to stay a while/

  20. Cindy B. says:

    Happy Blogiversary!!! and many, many more. Your challah looks delicious. I’ve got to conquer my fear of it and make one soon.

  21. Gigi says:

    Happy Anniversary! Here’s to many more happy stories and recipes!!!

  22. Cindy B. says:

    I follow you on Twitter.

  23. FoodBabbles says:

    I am in love with your challah!! How wonderfully creative and absolutely gorgeous! Did you love this month’s Daring Bakers’ Challenge? I did!! I’ve had such terrible luck making bread on other occasions so I was thrilled by how easy this all came together. Oh and I really really want to win the mixer too 😉 I need it desperately. Congratulations on 4 wonderful years!!!

  24. FoodBabbles says:

    I already happily follow you on Twitter.

  25. Cindy B. says:

    I tweeted this giveaway.

  26. Cindy B. says:

    I like this giveaway on Facebook.

  27. kate C. says:

    I’ve been following your blog for a little while… since part 4 or 5 maybe? And, while I admit at first it was just for the love story (I’m a sucker for a good love story!) I’m sure I’ll stay because of the good food, too! 🙂 Congrats on your anniversary!

  28. kate C. says:

    Oh, and I just liked this on FB too. 🙂

  29. Mary says:

    That looks so cool! I used pistachio paste as well and tried to stuff rhubarb stalks in to my filled challah, creating a messy explosion of challah, so I feel your pain. it wasn’t even that humid here. Did you know that I haven’t got a stand mixer? I’m sure I could find space!

  30. Mary says:

    Liked on Facebook too.
    😀

  31. Jenny says:

    Today I made your Levain copycat recipe – but stupid me – didn’t use the updates — they were good – but next time I’ll incorporate all your changes. First thing I thought was dark brown sugar! Haha – and there you had it in black and white. I would love a chance to win the mixer – happy blog-birthday, Lisa!

  32. Debbie Bellows says:

    Happy Blogiversary! and Thanks for the great giveaway !

  33. Jenny says:

    I follow you on twitter @icywit!

  34. Jenny says:

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    I started following you on twitter @bellows22

  36. Jenny says:

    I liked the post on FB – and I shared it with my group – The Cookbook Junkies!

  37. Esi says:

    Congratulations on four years of blogging! You have a great blog and I always look forward to your posts. I am loving this marbled challah!

  38. Lana says:

    Happy anniversary to your wonderful blog, Lisa! I feel like a toddler compared to you! Congratulations and here is to many more blogging years to come! Cannot wait for the next installment of the Bad Boy Saga!
    I hope your weekend is great:) Hugs!

  39. Lana says:

    You know I have been following you on Twitter for ages:)

  40. Lana says:

    I would love to win this KA in scarlet, so I tweeted about the giveaway:)

  41. Annette D says:

    Happy Anniversary! Love your blog! This recipe is fabulous! I would love to give it a try. Thanks for the opportunity to win this wonderful prize.

  42. Annette D says:

    Following on twitter @annedoggett

  43. Dan says:

    Congrats on your 4 yr anniversary…this post epitomizes your skill level with no matter what challenge may befall you, you end up with a gorgeous end product. Your photos are gorgeous and the challah is fit for any rabbi’s dinner- well done and stay cool in this muggy weather : )

  44. Staci Ojeda says:

    been wanting to get more involved in baking, cakes, cupcakes, breads mainly and can’t afford this sweet Stand Mixer!! I would love to win this so I can follow my creative juices wherever they may take me! Thanks for the chance to win.. it would get used daily in my house, about to burn up my hand held mixer.. LOL

  45. Clara says:

    Followed you 🙂

  46. Clara says:

    Tweeted your giveaway.

    That bread looks awesome. Love the colors. Congrats on your 4th blog anniversary 🙂

  47. It is my DREAM to own one of these!

  48. I follow you on Twitter as @Weidknecht.

  49. Oh my goodness. I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing this looks! Congrats on your 4-years! I commend you on your commitment to your blog. I look forward to many more years with you. Maybe even forever? 🙂

  50. what a gorgeous loaf! congrats on 4 years!

  51. Will says:

    My wife and I keep hoping to win one of these KitchenAids in a giveaway some day, but in the meantime we get to enjoy some wonderful blogs! Thanks!

  52. Stephanie V. says:

    looks lovely! Need a stand mixer . . .
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  53. Oh Lisa! I hear you about the humidity! I struggle with it EVERY SINGLE DAY… and the a/c doesn’t help me one bit 🙁 I think the bread looks yummy especially with those three colors and I would gladly take it off your hands if you don’t want it 🙂

    Congrats on four years, my friend… you have done a fantastic job and I just love your blog! You know I’m a fan 🙂

    Can’t wait for part 12!!! 🙂

  54. Can’t believe I wasn’t already following you on Twitter! I am now 🙂 @theharriedcook 🙂

  55. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  56. Stephanie says:

    I now follow you on Twitter! @SMunchimunch

  57. Stephanie says:

    And tweeted about your giveaway! @SMunchimunch

  58. Interesting blog! Hope i win!!!

  59. Emily Morelli says:

    That bread sounds and looks amazing! And I could sure use a KitchenAid Mixer, too!

  60. Emily Morelli says:

    I’m following you on Twitter @sweephappy

  61. Emily Morelli says:

    I tweeted @sweephappy

  62. Thank for a chance to win.

  63. Acacia Daniels says:

    My brain short-circuited when I read what the give-away was. I felt like Homer Simpson thinking about donuts n beer! I would LOVE to win!

  64. Acacia Daniels says:

    I tweeted I just entered to win a Kitchen Aid 6 -Quart Stand Mixer at http://bit.ly/KztFYz .

  65. Acacia Daniels says:

    I followed @parsleynsage on Twiiter

  66. Acacia Daniels says:

    I “liked” this article on Facebook

  67. Jeff says:

    Followed from @exceptionalfood (I’ve been a longtime follower)

  68. Jeff says:

    Tweeted from @exceptionalfood

  69. Also following you on Twitter.

  70. And liked on Facebook. Thanks.

  71. Tracy says:

    Congratulations! (And great story. I needed a chuckle!)

  72. Tracy says:

    Saladgoddess now following on Twitter.

  73. Marilyn Wons says:

    I would love a standing mixer – I have never owne one!

  74. Julia says:

    Happy 4th anniversary!

  75. Julia says:

    Followed you on twitter. @ickypix

  76. Daisy Cho says:

    Awesome giveaway! I would love to get a kitchenaid

  77. Jeff says:

    Liked on Facebook 🙂

  78. Katie R says:

    I’ve never had a stand mixer but have always wanted one. Thanks for giving me the chance to win one

  79. Katie R says:

    I follow you on twitter @Katier6678

  80. Katie R says:

    Liked this giveaway on facebook (Katie Roch)

  81. Daisy Cho says:

    Awesome giveaway!
    I followed you on twitter
    I tweeted about the giveaway
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    And liked this on facebook
    Hope I win!

  82. I love homemade bread and would love to win this giveaway!

  83. I follow you on twitter as ptowngirl25.
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  84. Amrita says:

    That bread is so pretty! My jaw’s hanging open here…I’m seriously waiting for the day I make great food like that! And Happy Blogoversary! Four years!

  85. Jo-Anne says:

    Thanks for the reminder about humidity & yeast. I made a 7 grain bread last week that didn’t ‘poof’ in the oven. It tasted great though.

    I would love to win a new mixer. Thanks for the chance.

  86. For all the same reasons as you, I hate humidity! Your challah looks beautiful. I love those colors.

    Happy Bloganniversary!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  87. I liked and shared this giveaway on FB!

  88. Manu says:

    Oh my! 4 years! What a great milestone! 🙂 Congrats!
    I hate humidity too… once I had to make a batch of macarons on a humid day and they came out horrible! :-((((
    Your challa still looks pretty though! I love the flavours you chose!

  89. Manu says:

    I am already following you on Twitter!

  90. Manu says:

    Just tweeted about the giveaway! <3

  91. jules p says:

    Wow! this bread looks amazing. I will try it…if I win the mixer!

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  92. jules p says:

    I follow you on twitter

    (julespahso)

  93. jules p says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway

  94. jules p says:

    I liked you on facebook

  95. jules p says:

    I shared this on facebook too

  96. moonsword says:

    Oh just stunningly gorgeously deliciously beautiful! Challahs were a real treat when I was a kid, brought straight from New York by my grandparents when they came to visit. Yours is truly a work of art…Cheers!

  97. Lillea says:

    Very creative. 🙂

  98. Danai says:

    I would love to start making homemade bread and this would be the perfect tool to start doing that. Your challah bread looks amazing!

  99. T. Lawson says:

    I would love the dark pewter.

  100. johanna says:

    nice! happy 4th!
    i’m not a big one for challah but everything you make looks awesome!
    thanks for the cool blog and entertainment via stories-
    jg

  101. andrew gordon says:

    this would be awesome

  102. Cynthia C says:

    This would be an amazing wedding gift for my friend’s daughter. Thanks for the chance.

  103. Congrats on 4 years! Would love to win this mixer. Thank you, it’s extremely generous of you!

  104. I’ve followed you on twitter.

  105. Leann Lindeman says:

    Congrats! This is a nice giveaway.. thanks so much!

  106. Ann Fantom says:

    Thanks for offering this awesome giveaway. I’d love to win!

  107. Ann Fantom says:

    I liked this giveaway/post on FB: Ann Fantom

  108. Teri McHugh says:

    I don’t have a mixer but surely can make room for one!

  109. Leann Lindeman says:

    Liked this on Facebook.

  110. Teri McHugh says:

    tweeted!

  111. Teri McHugh says:

    Liked on FB!

  112. Renski says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  113. Renski says:

    Twitter follower (@facetwit17) Please follow back.

  114. Renski says:

    Renski P liked on facebook

  115. Christine says:

    It’s very humid here too and I agree with you completely, not fun. I’ve been wanting a Kitchenaid forever and thank you for this great giveaway!

  116. Christine says:

    I follow you on twitter (@Tina12312)

  117. Athena says:

    What a gorgeous loaf of bread!

  118. Athena says:

    Following on twitter @GoddessFoodie.

  119. Athena says:

    Liked on FB.

  120. Molly says:

    Yay for four years! I love your blog!

  121. Ariel says:

    Humidity or not, I think it still looks really pretty! Kudos to your determination in this challah baking endeavor! 🙂

  122. Happy Blogiversary! 4 years is a lot of posts!

    This is some pretty wacky bread. I love it. I hate humidit too. I have fine, thin, curly hair and just a whif of humid air off the water out back and I look like a pot scrubber. 🙂 …and not in a good way.

    The giveaway sounds fantastic.. what a wonderful prize. I couldn’t live without my mixer.

  123. McKim says:

    I have wanted a Kitchen Aid mixer for years now, but could never fit it in the budget. It would be a wonderful gift to me to win this!

  124. Love how pretty this is. I am going to have to test that recipe.

  125. Jo Ann Buller says:

    oh! i’ve always wanted one of these. i hope i’m fortunate enough to be picked as the winner. thanks for offering it.

  126. Kris says:

    I thought all the breads looked kinda neat 🙂 Would love this mixer! I have a hand mixer that is super-old. That’s it!

  127. Abbey Chapel says:

    Oooh shiny Kitchen Aid! 🙂

  128. Abbey Chapel says:

    Following you on twitter @writetoabbey

  129. SugarDumpling says:

    Love the funky swirl of the challah and the best thing is that is the most natural way to color your food. Perhaps if I can win that beautiful standing mixer, I can try my hand at making my own challah. By the way, it is an uncharacteristic 70% humidity (and rising) where I am right now.

  130. cnuland says:

    Congratulations on your blogiversary and thanks for the chance to win!

  131. cnuland says:

    I follow @parsleynsage (@cmouse01)

  132. Doris says:

    Please count me in! Would be awesome to win it.

  133. Eric says:

    Man, I am praying hard to get it.

  134. mariam says:

    Put my name in the hat! God bless!

  135. Wade says:

    I want it so bad!!!!!!!!!!

  136. Linda says:

    Put me in the drawing. Have a good day.

  137. Tarah says:

    I’d love to win this – I’ve wanted one for years!!!

  138. Tarah says:

    I follow you on Twitter (TarahM716)

  139. Pat R says:

    Could really use a new mixer!
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  140. Pat R says:

    I lie you on FB
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  141. Winnie says:

    Happy Blogiversary!
    Your challah looks beautiful and it’s very unique!
    I really like what you made (although we cannot bless on it on Sat. meals)
    I’m nor here for the giveaway – only to tell you that your challah looks amazing!!

  142. tcarolinep says:

    Thank you for the great giveaway and happy blogiversary!

  143. tcarolinep says:

    Like this giveaway on Facebook.

  144. tcarolinep says:

    follow on twitter

  145. MaryAnn D says:

    Thank you for the chance to win!

  146. Oh, that marbling is amazing! Gotta try this!

  147. I follow you on twitter

  148. I tweeted the giveaway 🙂

  149. Katherine says:

    I so want a mixer~ Congrats on 4 years

  150. Katherine says:

    Follow you ontwitter @Mkjmc

  151. tennille says:

    just discovering your blog for the first time—liking it! Thanks!

  152. tennille says:

    follow you on twitter

  153. tennille says:

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  154. tennille says:

    liked the post on FB

  155. Scott Martin says:

    I really want this.

  156. Alaine88 says:

    Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!
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  157. Alaine88 says:

    I follow via twitter 🙂
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  158. Amanda Thompson says:

    Happy blogiversary!! I’ve really enjoyed your “bad boy” stories!!

  159. Haha sadly it never gets that humid here in the UK but I do feel your frustration with this loaf! Turned out gorgeous in the end though, and I love the idea of all those different doughs.

  160. patricia says:

    Humidity really ruins merangue also. Oh, and cream puffs hate humidity too. Love to win and I enjoyed reading your journey through humidity.

  161. Alyse says:

    We moved from TX to Rhode Island, and I am so glad to have much less humidity. I feel your pain!

  162. Ilene says:

    That bread looks great!

  163. bunkycooks says:

    Happy Anniversary! Four years is a heck of a long time in the blogging world. You should give yourself the mixer! 😉 I don’t need to enter your contest, but wanted to stop by to wish you a happy one and to tell you what an amazing baker you are. Here’s to four more!! xxx

  164. Tina M says:

    Thank you for the giveaway

  165. Tina M says:

    follow u on twitter

  166. A labor of love for sure but what a beautiful result. I just love the flavors you selected. you are so creative.

  167. I Tweeted this giveaway. Happy Blogaversary!

  168. I shared this giveaway on Facebook.

  169. Candice Hull says:

    You make that look so easy to make! Thank you for the chance to win!

  170. Candice Hull says:

    I follow on twitter (@CandiceHull)
    Thank you!
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  171. Jennie says:

    Thanks for your time and happy anniversary!

  172. Kimberly says:

    Congrats on your Blogoversary! 4 years is huge!
    Somehow we didn’t get one of these as a wedding gift. I’d love to win one because I’m pretty sure that’s the only way I’ll be able to pick a fun color without my husband objecting. 🙂

  173. Rose says:

    Happy blogiversary!

  174. Jennifer McKay says:

    I would love to win this.

  175. Jo says:

    I’d love to win!!

  176. Burcu says:

    Great prize!

  177. juanitascocina says:

    I would LOVE to win this mixer! What a great giveaway! Happy bloggiversary!

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  178. juanitascocina says:

    I follow you on Twitter!

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  179. juanitascocina says:

    I tweeted your giveaway!

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  180. juanitascocina says:

    I shared your giveaway on my FB page!

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  181. JoAnne says:

    I love your blot…wish I had found it earlier.

  182. Liz says:

    I should have come out of DB retirement for this one…and I know what you mean about sabotaging the taste for the look when the pressure is on. But I bet this still tasted great…and I love the mosaic look of your boule…lovely!!!

  183. Liz says:

    Follow you on Twitter~

  184. Liz says:

    Shared on FB~

    PS…what an amazing giveaway, Lisa!!!

  185. Samuel Fred says:

    I would love to win this!:)

  186. Timbo says:

    What a gorgeous mixer 😀

  187. Timbo says:

    I am following you on Twitter 😀 @TimboSquad

  188. Candace says:

    I ‘ve been a lurker of your blog for a year now, love it and hoping part 12 comes soon! The humidity story was so fun to read! The bread look so pretty. I don’t think I could ever pull that off, especially in muggy weather, KA mixer or not! Thanks for this giveaway!

  189. Candace says:

    I just tweeted the giveaway

  190. Candace says:

    Liked and shared it on Facebook

  191. caroneko says:

    I’d love to own one of these. Thank you!

  192. caroneko says:

    I follow on Twitter with @caromorin.

  193. caroneko says:

    I like this giveaway on Facebook.

  194. ronna f says:

    I would love to win this contest! I’ve always wanted a Kitchen Aid Mixer!!!!

  195. ronna f says:

    I like this giveaway on Facebook!!!!

  196. Congrats on 4 years! As for your challah, you are a daring Baker! I’ve always been afraid to try it and I think I’ll hold off a few more years (maybe till the kids are all grown and gone!)

  197. Wow! This challah is sooo cool!! Happy 4 years!

  198. I follow you on Twitter! @eatdrinkluv

  199. Hoa Le says:

    I have always wanted a KitchenAid mixer. Thanks for the giveaway!

  200. eleanor q says:

    Your bread looks fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway!

  201. intensev5 says:

    Thanks for the chance to win. That bread is visually beautiful.

  202. tracy davis says:

    great giveaway

  203. I hate humidity too! I was unaware of humidity-controlled kitchens…I’d love to have one as much as the lap pool I’ve always wanted!

    We eat challah often, and this recipe is one I must try…it just has to taste great…your photos are so beautifull!

    You are just too much…happy fourth blog anniversary! I always get such a kick out of your blogs, along with the bonus of very special recipes!

  204. Rebecca Graham says:

    I like the swirls of color in your bread. Woiuld love to win this mixer for my kitchen.

  205. Jessica Williams says:

    I am so excited about this giveaway! I am getting married in Sept. and I have to bake everything for the reception, so this could truly help!! Oh yea, and it matches my kitchen!!!

  206. Angela Spengler says:

    I would love to win this!

  207. Micaela P. says:

    I admire your persistence! I would’ve just cried in a corner, LOL. Thanks for the giveaway, I’d love to win the mixer 🙂

  208. Micaela P. says:

    I follow you on Twitter

  209. Toni frangipani says:

    Great blog congrats on 4yrs ,

  210. Sarah Esty says:

    Even though the initial braid didn’t work out, the multicolor challah looks quite cool – I bet kids would love it. Great giveaway too!

  211. Vivian Q. says:

    Follow you on twitter. Would love to win!

  212. Sarah Esty says:

    I also follow you on Twitter

  213. Lisa, You are such a go-getter! I would have given up after the first attempt, at least until another day. You always manage to hang in there until you are successful! They all look pretty though, with the multicolored loaf:) I bet it’s so tasty! How do you come up with this stuff? Very generous giveaway, by the way:) Happy 4th Anniversary!!!

  214. I liked this on facebook. Actually I liked it by pushing the “like” button at the bottom of the post, but it went through on my husband’s facebook (James Sparks) log in-oops! I couldn’t find your fb page when I went looking, Lisa, or would have shared the giveaway, but I still can by linking to it:)

  215. avid baker says:

    Here I thought I was the only one that had issues with humidity! Congrats on not throwing up your hands and giving it a toss to the trash!

  216. Nicole Crull says:

    Oh I would love to win this!

  217. mari uchishiba says:

    Happy Blogiversary! Thx for the opportunity!

  218. mari uchishiba says:

    I follow @parsleynsage on twitter!

  219. mari uchishiba says:

    Liked the giveaway on FB!

  220. Denise says:

    I would love another kitchen aid! It would make my life that much better!

  221. Kyl Neusch says:

    very nice mixer!

  222. David Gossett says:

    I would love nothing more than to win this for my wife who wants one of these so bad! Thank you for the chance!

  223. David Gossett says:

    I am following you on Twitter as @slg915

  224. David Gossett says:

    Liked the giveaway on FB as David Gossett

  225. Kathlean Owens says:

    I think you did a pretty good job at your bread! Thank you for the giveaway!

  226. Kathlean Owens says:

    I shared your giveaway on Facebook.
    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003918792165

  227. Kathlean Owens says:

    I also liked this giveaway on Facebook

  228. Emily C says:

    i feel your pain, or at least some of it. We have a lot of humidity here too and our apartment buildings AC failed. So i get humidity and 80 – 100 degree heat.
    Bread looks great though, good job fighting the weather.

  229. Emily C says:

    I shared this giveaway on facebook.

  230. Debbie Bashford says:

    Would love to win I make lots of bread, cakes and cookies and such but mix and knead all by hand this would be a dream to use!

  231. Debbie Bashford says:

    I tweeted @skeetersden

  232. Debbie Bashford says:

    Liked this post on Facebook

  233. Katherine Halliday says:

    I now follow you on twitter. The blog looks great. Well done with the bread – it looks very difficult!

  234. Katherine Halliday says:

    Also, I have wanted one of these mixers for ages! I have posted the giveaway on twitter. Fingers crossed 🙂

  235. Katherine says:

    LIked this giveaway on FB kathy P

  236. Janice Elder says:

    Happy fourth — and many, many more. Love the blog….

  237. 4 years is quite a milestone. It’s longer than any relationship I had besides my hubby;) Your dedication to writing here is appreciated by all of us. I love your creative posts. Like this challah…wow! I’m with you on humidity and agree w/Maureen…awful for the hair and also not great for baking pretty breads. I deal with it every day down here in humidity central. Fabulous focaccia, my dear. Happy Blogiversary (did I spell that right.?)xo

  238. mirela skinner says:

    I would love to win this. Thank you fo the opportunity.

  239. Susie Powell says:

    I’m a fairly new reader to this blog but love it. Would also love the mixer.

  240. Katherine S says:

    Happy Blogiversary!

  241. Katherine S says:

    I liked this on Facebook!

  242. Katherine S says:

    I follow on Twitter

  243. Congrats on your 4 years!! What a great giveaway!! Good luck to us ALL!!

  244. Susan says:

    Congratulations on 4 years! Adore your blog! Adore the Bad Boy Love series! Adore Kitchen Aid!

  245. Susan says:

    Liked this on Facebook!

  246. Darlene says:

    Great blog and nice prize. Thanks for the opportunity.

  247. Rena says:

    Wow soo cool

  248. Jane says:

    I’m with you on the humidity. I think they would have looked just as pretty, although perhaps blobby, in the original “loose” braids. Still very pretty!

  249. Crumbs of Love says:

    Funny post Lisa. I can so relate from all my years in NYC. Every time I go back home I have to re-adjust myself when baking. Especially bread. At least it didn’t turn into a hockey puck with all that reworking. Just put your hair in a ponytail (the only only look for eastcoast summer) and eat your bread…

  250. Crumbs of Love says:

    And I already follow you on twitter

  251. Crumbs of Love says:

    and I “tweeted” it (boy, you really have to be careful with the spelling on that one….)

  252. Melissa Avey says:

    I’ve been wanting one of these 🙂

  253. Sarah says:

    I think your bread looks great! Congratulations on 4 years! I love your blog and am really enjoying the “Bad Boy Love” series.

  254. Margaret Smith says:

    What a wonderful prize. Thanks so much.

  255. Sarah says:

    I also liked this on facebook!

  256. Sunshyn V says:

    My mother has said a few times how much she wants one of these. I’d love to win it for her!

  257. coliebear says:

    If I won I would use the mixer to make homemade biscuits and shortbread cookie dough.

  258. Anthony Hedden says:

    I want to win

  259. I liked your post on Facebook.

  260. jude says:

    Great giveaway…I love Kitchen Aid!

  261. Tanya C says:

    I have been drooling for a mixer for years! Congrats on 4 years!

  262. Tanya C says:

    Followed on twitter: @tagna09

  263. Tanya C says:

    Retweeted on twitter

  264. Tanya C says:

    Liked on fb

  265. I am so with you on the humidity. It ruined my French bread! Love your colorful challah!

  266. Megan says:

    Congrats on 4 years of blogging, Lisa! Your posts always inspire me. You tend to try things I wouldn’t even think of… like making different flavored doughs for challah! Hope you’ll continue to blog and inspire me for many more years! 🙂

  267. kevnkoi says:

    Happy 4 years! I’ve loved your blog for I believe at least most of that. You are my Levain copycat hero! 😉 And I love the look of that challah, especially that first risen loaf ready to be baked. Happy to not be living with the Midwest humidity anymore.

  268. joni says:

    Your challah looks so good—I want a piece now!

  269. joni says:

    i follow you on twitter @smilekisses

  270. Jan says:

    I’m always watching for your blog b/c you always have a very interesting recipe! Happy 4th to you and many more! I’m already a subscriber to your emails. I’m glad your life is getting better now.

  271. kevnkoi says:

    I follow you on Twitter.

  272. kevnkoi says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway @koismih (Katrina at Baking and Boys!)

  273. kevnkoi says:

    I posted about the giveaway on Facebook on my personal page and my blog page. (Katrina at Baking and Boys!) 😉

  274. Wow, Lisa – Congrats on 4 years! You said you were going to go psychedelic [clarification – we were talking fruits & veggies 😉 ] and the colors and flavors you incorporated into your challah are fantastic!

  275. Wendy says:

    Looks great! Far more ambitious than I ever get. 😀

  276. Wendy says:

    Following @parsleynsage as @ArtsyChaos.

  277. Wendy says:

    Liked the post on FB!

  278. I’d love to win!

  279. I follow on twitter @immortalb4

  280. Carolyn says:

    I think it looks pretty cool, in the end. But I can understand your frustration!

  281. Carolyn says:

    Just tweeted! Tweet this giveaway – I just entered to win a Kitchen Aid 6 -Quart Stand Mixer at http://bit.ly/KztFYz .

  282. Jeannette says:

    this bread seriously looks AMAZING!!! i will have to give this a shot once i have some time (and patience) to spare 😉
    jpinnick86 at gmail dot com

  283. Jeannette says:

    i follow you on twitter as whmsicalcupcake

  284. Jeannette says:

    i also tweeted this givewaway!

  285. Jeannette says:

    i liked this giveaway on facebook!

  286. My goodness. I had to scroll for hours to get to the bottom of your comments. But, I just had to say that I loved your story about the challah bread. If someone brought that over to my house, I would be so tickled. And…if you want to hear complaining about the humidity…come over to my house…we hate it! Don’t know how much longer we are going to make it in Houston with these summers.

  287. EMMA L HORTON says:

    THIS WOULD BE NICE TO WIN

  288. Your bread is beautiful even tho you had some problems. I live in a dry climate and no idea humidity played such havoc with bread making. Fun post! Happy Blogaversary!!!

  289. megmarie28 says:

    Loved your post, and I would love to win!

  290. megmarie28 says:

    Followed you on Twitter (@megmarie_)

  291. megmarie28 says:

    Tweeted this post/giveaway!

  292. megmarie28 says:

    Liked it on Facebook. Bam, three for three!

  293. Your challah looks amazing! I’ve never seen anything quite like it.

  294. I liked this giveaway on Facebook!

  295. Kimberley says:

    Wow! What a fantastic prize! I stumbled upon part 9 of your bad boy love story on foodgawker and have been hooked on your blog since.

  296. Ron Tippie says:

    The odds may not be great, but Katrina suggested we give it a try, so here i am, trying to win a new mixer. Thanks for the opportunity.

  297. Anna says:

    Following you on Twitter.

  298. Anna says:

    Tweeted the giveaway!

  299. Anna says:

    Shared on FB!

  300. Danielle says:

    I have never owned a mixer and now that I am older and know how to cook and bake, I really want one.

  301. Danielle says:

    I am following you on Twitter

  302. Danielle says:

    I like you on Facebook

  303. Cynthia W says:

    I love that mixer!

  304. Cynthia W says:

    I follow you on Twitter (@CynthiaAndrea9)

  305. Cynthia W says:

    I like this giveaway on FB (Cynthia Andrea)

  306. gail says:

    thanks for this giveaway!

  307. gail says:

    liked the post on fb

  308. Emily W says:

    I would love to win this! Thanks for the opportunity.

  309. Emily W says:

    Followed you on Twitter: @whitesoulband

  310. Emily W says:

    Liked the givaway on Facebook (Emily Worster)

  311. Daniel M says:

    always wanted one of these fancy mixers, handheld ain’t cuttin it

  312. Shari says:

    I’d love this mixer. It would go so well in my kitchen!

  313. Linda says:

    These stand mixers are so great for making breads–would love one! Thanks!

  314. mindy says:

    Love this idea! Just returned from Turkey where the pistachio rules. Stuffed a kilo of pistachio paste in my suitcase and now I have added this recipe to my list of “All Things Pistachio.”

  315. Wow, what an epic challenge this turned into! I gotta say, I probably would have given up so I admire your perseverance. I love love love the multi-coloured challah idea (especially the chocolate part) and I think it looks pretty great, humidity or no humidity 🙂 And happy 4th blogiversary!

  316. lisa bolduc says:

    neat bread!

  317. tamarsw says:

    Thanks for the opportunity. Have a nice weekend. 🙂

  318. tamarsw says:

    @tamarsw follows @parsleynsage on Twitter!

  319. Wow, wow, wow. The first for the Challah – really beautiful! Something I have to try when I have a free day. The second for the 4 years annyversary – this is a substantial number for a blog. Congrats and thank you for all the deliciousness! And the third is for the giveaway – this is so generous of you! You’re the best!

  320. Following you on Twitter

  321. Tweeted this giveaway

  322. And liked it on FB

  323. Pat B says:

    Bless your heart, talk about persistence! They all look yummy, though!

  324. Pat B says:

    Twitter follower (@chvydupont24)

  325. Humidity or no humidity, that is some gorgeous bread!

  326. I follow you on twitter.

  327. I like this on facebook

  328. Tom O says:

    I’m totally inspired by this recipe! There is much baking in my future..

  329. karen says:

    Congrats on 4 years! Keep up the good work! And I can’t wait for part 12.
    karenreichmann@hotmail.com

  330. Miz Vickik says:

    Wow– great giveaway– thanks!

  331. dee margolis says:

    I just entered to win a Kitchen Aid 6 -Quart Stand Mixer

  332. Maegan Morin says:

    I have ALWAYS wanted one of these!! AH I hope I win lol

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  333. Maegan Morin says:

    I follow you on twitter as @fahlinstar

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  334. Maegan Morin says:
  335. Honeybird says:

    It looks great! Love the flavour-combination!

  336. Honeybird says:

    I like this on Facebook 🙂

  337. candace swoveland says:
  338. Kristen N. says:

    Thank you so much for this giveaway!

  339. Steph says:

    Incredible giveaway 🙂 I’d love to win a kitchenaid.

  340. Nurit says:

    I would love to win this mixer! I make challah at least once a week, so it would make it go so much faster! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  341. William Hull says:

    i would love to win this. Thank you!

  342. Elliot says:

    happy anniversary! thanks for such a fantastic giveaway!

  343. William Hull says:

    I Liked this giveaway on Facebook.

  344. Nancy says:

    I live in south Florida. Totally agree about the humidity. Thanks for offering give away.

  345. chrisdeglen says:

    I would love to win this mixer. I’d add the ice cream maker attachment and be in heaven!

  346. chrisdeglen says:

    chrisdeglen tweeted:
    twitter.com/chrisdeglen/status/208928351417671681

  347. chrisdeglen says:

    I liked this post on Facebook. Debbie Christie

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  348. Shumaila says:

    The breads look lovely! And what a generous giveaway!!!

  349. Zoee says:

    Can’t wait to try this out!!

  350. Cori says:

    The challah is beautiful! I’ve only seen a traditional braided challah before.

  351. Jennifer M says:

    I’ve not made challah before and give you credit for even attempting it.

  352. Gaye M says:

    Wow, you are a true baker! I thought every one of your attempts looked great (but I’m one of those who goes for taste over appearance). Thanks so much for sharing the information and for the giveaway!

  353. Jovan B. says:

    cool bread!

  354. tallcapp says:

    Now that I am retired, I am getting back into baking. The Kitchen aid mixer is the best.

  355. Valerie says:

    Happy Blog anniversary Lisa! Brava for keeping your blog so entertaining and beautiful all this time!

    I gotta admire your tenacity on this one. Although I would have thought humidity might actually help bread baking in some cases (a wetter dough makes for a lighter crumb, no?), but obviously not for challah. Love the concept and the colours, though, and I’ll bet all three breads tasted amazing!

  356. The Challah came out so pretty, good for you!

  357. Shannon says:

    I would be thrilled to have this, I’ve wanted one for ages

  358. Shannon says:

    following you on twitter (07violet)

  359. Lauren says:

    What a great giveaway!

  360. Adrienne Bireley says:

    I have always wanted to win one these. thanks for the chance

  361. pauline1501 says:

    I’m new to the cooking game, but it’s been alot of fun so far! This would definately help me out greatly! The Challah looks a little scary for me though, maybe some day 🙂

  362. Heather says:

    I have wanted a KA mixer forever! What a luxurious giveaway! If I win, I’ll be baking every single day :>) That challah is so creative and beautiful!

  363. ikkinlala says:

    Your bread looks great even if it did lose its braid shape – and you’re a far more determined baker than I. When it’s muggy, the most I can usually be bothered to make is a nice salad and a cool drink (forget the oven!).

  364. What beautiful challahs….I would love to win this mixer…..thank you for the opportunity.

  365. I am following you on twitter as angel320

  366. I subscribed to your email as angel320@gmail.com

  367. Gloria S says:

    I would love to win this nice mixer!

  368. Natalie Thomas says:

    Beautiful Bread and a new mixer would be cool too.

  369. Karen M says:

    Happy anniversary ~ the colors look beautifu

  370. this is the one thing i have ALWAYS wanted but never been able to afford. I would pick a kitchenaid blender over an ipad! no joke.

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  371. twitter follow @xferriza2

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  372. liked post on fb xferriza2 dani marie

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  373. Jen says:

    Congratulations on four years!

  374. Victoria R. says:

    Wahoo! Congrats on 4 years! Love your blog!

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  375. Sj Albers says:

    You made me laugh… and the bread looks yummy to me!
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  376. Sj Albers says:

    Tweet: https://twitter.com/1_browneyedgirl/status/209062777044746241
    Thanks – Sarah Z
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  377. Diana Camden says:

    Great blog, congrats on four years!
    Diana C
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  378. Debra F says:

    Thanks so much for the great giveaway – I’d love to win

  379. Debra F says:

    I follow you on twitter
    fairydancer35

  380. Meryl says:

    I’d love to win this!

  381. Louis says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  382. Diana Camden says:

    I follow you on Twitter.

    @DianaTwitr

    Diana C

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  383. Debra F says:

    I like this post on Facebook
    Debra Ford

  384. Diana Camden says:

    I tweeted this blog and giveaway!

    https://twitter.com/DianaTwitr/status/209067702071996417

    @DianaTwitr

  385. Lacy Tanner says:

    I really need one of these. i totally failed trying to hand whip meringue today 🙁

  386. Diana Camden says:

    I liked the giveaway on FB.

    Diana Luna Camden

  387. I follow u on twitter (@MrsHarriett)

  388. I like this post on FB (Harriett Talford Daniel)

  389. Colleen S says:

    Baking bread is a skill I regret not having. There is no greater pleasure than biting into warm bread straight from the oven.

  390. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    would love to win this
    thanks
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  391. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    Wonderful!! Thanks so much!

  392. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    I follow you on twitter as @tcrowley122

  393. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    I liked this post on facebook! Happy Blogaversary!

  394. andie says:

    I’m totally with you on humidity. HATE! lol Happy Blogaverary as well 🙂

  395. Karen Gonyea says:

    Count me in !!! I have wanted a Kitchen Aid mixer FOREVER !!

  396. Christine says:

    love this mixer

  397. It still looks pretty tasty!

  398. Jay F. says:

    Very nice hardware!

  399. paige jagan says:

    I LOVED reading your story about the bread, i was hoping at the end it would work out and you would get something notable which you did, that bread looks great and i bet it tasted good too!

  400. paige jagan says:

    i follow on twitter @7kidsandus

  401. paige jagan says:

    I like the post on facebook

  402. chadro says:

    This is like the Cadillac of mixers to me, would very much enjoy having one!

  403. this would be so so nice

  404. follow youtwitter @jtwark

  405. brian e. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway…that challah bread looks delicious, great idea !
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  406. brian e. says:

    Liked giveaway on FB: bryan eason

  407. brian e. says:

    Following YOU via Twitter: @brianpiero

  408. Geoff K says:

    I love challah and never thought to make it with pistachio before – terrific idea! Would love to win a KitchenAid mixer and come up with some inventive recipes of my own. Thanks for the chance!

  409. Geoff K says:

    I follow you on twitter: @guettel78

  410. Geoff K says:

    I liked and shared the giveaway on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/geoff.kaufman.1/posts/145805488886902

  411. dddiva says:

    Thank you so much for the chance- I have been lost since my mixer finally bit the dust. The bread looks delicious, actually anything with pistachio does to me. 🙂

  412. dddiva says:

    Twitter @dddiva

  413. Robin says:

    This would be a great addition to my kitchen

  414. Kim says:

    The bread you made is beautiful, I love to cook and bake I have wanted a kitchenaid for so long I don’t make a lot of bread but maybe I would try if I had a kitchenaid

  415. Kim says:

    Following via twiiter @crankyyanky1

  416. judy chapman says:

    I sure would be able to put this to good use, thanks for the giveaway.

  417. I followed you on twitter (@DaisyCho6)

  418. I liked this on facebook Daisy Cho

  419. Laura Lambie says:

    I have been wanting one of these for a long time

  420. Laura Lambie says:

    I follow on twitter as zion777423

  421. jamielifesafeast says:

    Can I really finally leave a comment?! LOVE the Challah! I am stunned with its beauty and your creativity (as usual) but wow what patience you have to do it over and over until you get it right! I so want to taste this baby! Beautiful! And now you’ve inspired me to try something similar. Wait and see! And I have dreamed of owning a KitchenAid stand mixer for literally years!!! Years I tell you! Fab giveaway and HAPPY 4 YEARS!!! I am so happy I followed your great blog and fun cooking adventures until we finally became friends…

  422. jamielifesafeast says:

    Follow you on Twitter? Do I follow you on twitter? I like to think that I was the first person to follow you on twitter!

  423. jamielifesafeast says:

    I tweeted the giveaway and will tweet again…

  424. I really really really .. need this x x x

  425. cinzia says:

    anyway it’s a good challah! 🙂
    and good luck to everybpdy. including me :-)))

  426. tltthelittlethings says:

    Congrats with 4 years!
    Love, love, love that Kitchenaid and it’s not something I’m able to buy myself anytime soon…!

  427. tltthelittlethings says:

    And I follow you:)

  428. mizztara71 says:

    Great prize. Thanks for the chance!
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  429. mizztara71 says:

    I follow you on twitter @mizztara71
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  430. mizztara71 says:

    I tweeted.
    https://twitter.com/mizztara71/status/209384197020860416
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  431. mizztara71 says:

    I liked on Facebook. Tara Woods
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  432. Love that you admit you reached the point where you just cared that it was pretty. I’ve been there more times than I care to admit and can totally sympathize. I wish you luck in your summer baking adventures with the humidity beast!

    -M’elle

  433. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    Tweeted one more time:)

  434. Love that you never gave up on that challah – best it tasted great! Congrats on 4 years!!

  435. I follow you on Twitter
    @EatDrinkClev

  436. I liked you on FB (Crystal Welsh)

  437. Roxann says:

    Happy blogiversary! Thanks for the giveaway.

  438. Deborah Hogue says:

    I would love to own this! Thank you for the opportunity!

  439. Roxann says:

    Twitter follower. ladyt64

  440. Deborah Hogue says:

    Following @parsleynsage on Twitter
    User: @DebbieHogue

  441. Deborah Hogue says:

    Tweeted giveaway with modified ending

    https://twitter.com/DebbieHogue/status/209408075369680896

  442. Amy Lee says:

    Ohhh I have wanted a kitchenaid FOREVER! Thank you for the giveaway!

  443. Amy Lee says:

    Following you on twitter (machina328)

  444. Candy says:

    I hate humidity too but love your challah! So unusual!

  445. Zoe P. says:

    Thank you for this amazing giveaway!

  446. Love your challah, so unique!

  447. I follow you on Twitter.

  448. amy delong says:

    really could use this for so many yummy things!
    ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

  449. Allison Brown says:

    Absotutely loverly.

  450. Allison Brown says:

    I followed you on twitter!

  451. Allison Brown says:

    I also tweeted the giveaway!

  452. Kelly says:

    Nothing better than a stand mixer, it’s even better than additional hands!

  453. AEKZ2 says:

    This is an amazing prize! Thanks for the chance.

  454. candace says:

    the challah is beautiful!! the mixer isn’t too shabby either 🙂

  455. candace says:

    i follow you on twitter 🙂

  456. candace says:

    i tweeted about the giveaway too 🙂

  457. Jessica Williams says:

    Thank you so much for this opportunity!! My mom and I have to bake everything for my wedding reception .. And I don’t have any mixer at all!! Please please pick me!!!

  458. spirit_kim says:

    Thanks for the great contest.

  459. spirit_kim says:

    I liked this giveaway on facebook. kim thompson

  460. Sand says:

    I would love to win this!

  461. elangomatt says:

    Congrats on the 4 year anniversary! I’ve always wanted to get a Kitchenaid mixer, but never been able to justify the cost!

  462. elangomatt says:

    I follow you on twitter with user @elangomatt

  463. Beverly M. says:

    That challah looks delicious. Thanks for a great contest. Good luck everyone.

  464. chef_d says:

    Happy 4th blog anniversary! The braids look awesome with the 3 colors. I posted mine late and had trouble with the braiding. Great job Lisa!

  465. angela clossey says:

    I would love to win this.

  466. Suz says:

    Happy anniversary and thank you for being such a generous host !

  467. Breanne says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  468. Breanne says:

    I follow you on Twitter @Razzmyberry

  469. Emily says:

    I’d love to win!!

  470. Love the threes colours in the bread! I also can’t believe how much weather can affect baking. It really isn’t a myth weather certainly affects results of breads and macarons (the two major things we’ve been baking lately)!

  471. Jamie K says:

    I have always wanted a stand mixer. thank you so much for the opportunity to win one!

  472. Jamie K says:

    following on twitter – @SammysMama88

  473. Grishma says:

    Another wonderful looking bread of yours! Love love love it 🙂 Thanks for inspiring me every time to make homemade bread 🙂

  474. Grishma says:

    Following you on Twitter and facebook 🙂

  475. renee says:

    I’ve always wanted one of these, I would LOVE to win one.

  476. Sammie says:

    wow just look at that!! Your challah looks absolutely amazing Lis!!

  477. Harold D says:

    Awesome giveaway!

  478. Shannon says:

    desperately need this.

  479. Dana says:

    that looks great. I cant wait to try it

  480. Greta says:

    Congratulations on your blogaversary! I’ve dreamed of my own kitchenaid for years… as every young baker does!

  481. Jules A says:

    I’d love to win this!

  482. Jaydyn says:

    Thanks for the chance

  483. Dana123 says:

    Beautiful outcome, love the color scheme.

  484. Sarah VM says:

    I would love to win this! Thanks for the chance.

  485. Sarah VM says:

    I like this post on FB. Sarah VM

  486. Jade Hignett says:

    love your blog, and love this prize!

  487. OMG!! I love this recipe…thanks for sharing.

  488. Sharon says:

    That bread is so pretty! Thanks for the giveaway.

  489. Dinavia says:

    What a generous and amazing giveaway! I want to win so bad! I’d choose it in cherry red, because red is my favorite color and it will match the paneling in my kitchen!

  490. Dinavia says:

    I already follow you on twitter,

  491. Dinavia says:

    Tweeted the giveaway!

  492. Dinavia says:

    Liked on Facebook.

  493. Dinavia says:

    Shared on Facebook!!!

  494. Melanie says:

    Thanks for this giveaway..have loved your blog for ages!

  495. Melanie says:

    Follow you on Twitter..of course,

  496. Melanie says:

    Tweeted it!

  497. Melanie says:

    Liked on FB and Shared.

  498. Cathy says:

    I love challah! Thanks for sharing and happy anniversary! 🙂

  499. Cathy says:

    Also shared on FB! 🙂

  500. Paul Suhreptz says:

    i would love to win that is my dream mixer!!!

  501. Anthony Hedden says:

    Thanks for the giveaway

  502. Sunshine G says:

    Would love to win one – I’ve been wanting a good mixer for awhile!

  503. Sunshine G says:

    Follow on Twitter as sgudlaug.

  504. Dawn says:

    Your challah is beautiful and I love the combination of pistachio and chocolate (I think I’m going to use that combination for this month’s challenge). Your post made me laugh so hard because it was as if I was reading about myself. If others could hear the things I say in the kitchen at times, it would probably change their opinions of me!

  505. Shanda S. says:

    That bread looks amazing! So does that mixer!! Thanks for the opportunity!

    couponshanda (at) yahoo (dot) com

  506. Shanda S. says:

    I follow you on Twitter.
    @couponshanda

    couponshanda (at) yahoo (dot) com

  507. Shanda S. says:

    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/couponshanda/status/210370780972851200

    couponshanda (at) yahoo (dot) com

  508. Shanda S. says:

    Shared on FB: https://www.facebook.com/couponshanda/posts/218100834978223

    couponshanda (at) yahoo (dot) com

  509. Kate says:

    The challah looks great! Would love a mixer for my new apartment!

  510. Kate says:

    Followed you on Twitter!

  511. Jenni says:

    Ok, so I know this isn’t what you like perfection wise, but I think this loaf turned out kind of beautiful! I love its marbled swirlyness. (I make up my own words), and the pistachio and chocolate together would be great.

  512. Gloria S says:

    I would love to win a good mixer such as Kitchenaid

  513. Debbie P says:

    Amazing giveaway! I like the colours and the braided look, thanks for sharing.

  514. Debbie P says:

    Follow on twitter
    @Sprinkledbydeb

  515. Debbie P says:

    Like the giveaway on FB
    Debbie M Petts

  516. sarah cool says:

    ive been wanting one of these for so long! great giveaway

  517. sarah cool says:

    i follow parsleynsage on twitter under sarahbeara6

  518. maris neff says:

    Following you on tweeter
    – marisneff

  519. maris neff says:

    i also shared this on facebook 😀
    – marissavneff

  520. maris neff says:

    Shared your giveaway tweet on tweeter
    -marisneff

  521. Jessica Williams says:

    I could really use this mixer!! My mom and I have to bake everything for my wedding reception and I don’t even have a regular mixer yet!! Thanks so much for this opportunity!!

  522. Jessica says:

    What a fantastic prize! How great it would be to win. Thanks for the chance.

  523. Heather A says:

    Great prize and wonderful desserts.

  524. Oh I feel your pain, I have had loafs melt on me on humid days and no amount of cursing was enough to make it better lol
    I loved the idea of three colors and flavor dough, I think the pistachio is really interesting

  525. I already follow you on twitter

  526. Trish Jenkins says:

    Followed, tweeted & shared on facebook! Love your blog… “Thank you baby jeebus”, classic…

  527. Annie says:

    Awesome blog post and awesome prize!

  528. Hannah says:

    This bread is gorgeous! I’d love to try it!

  529. Susan @One Less Thing says:

    Creamy mac and cheese with Sriracha; on the menu next week!

  530. This is so awesome! My daughter is dying to get a kitchenaid mixer, unfortunately, it didn’t pass as expense with her student loans.

  531. Debbie C says:

    I’d love to have this mixer and I love the color you featured.. RED!

    chrisdeglen(at)gmail(dot)com

  532. Diane Baum says:

    How original Shabbat Challah never tasted like this

  533. Amazing-looking bread! Happy Anniversary!

    jdmimi at gmail dot com

  534. Deborah Hogue says:

    It would be great to own a kitchenaid! I’ve heard that they can handle anything without frying the motor

  535. Beverly M. says:

    I would love a kitchenaid mixer. Thanks for having this great giveaway!

  536. Lisa Shenk says:

    I know the giveaway is closed, so don’t know if you will see this, but I HATE HUMIDITY, TOO!!!!!! I have been making bread using these authors’ books: http://www.artisanbreadinfive.com
    enjoy!!

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