## Introduction: How to Braid Challah - 6 Strand Method

Here I'd like to show you 2 different methods to braid challah with 6 strands, or ropes of dough.

If you'd like to see some other ways to braid your challah, please look for my other Instructables.

## Step 1: Method 1

Split the dough in half, then split each half into thirds, to give you 6 equal pieces of dough.

Roll out each piece into a long rope.  I find the best way to make the rope even all the way across is to roll from the center outward.

Once you have all 6 ropes, lay them out and stack the top of the ropes together and pinch them together. Squeeze the ends together and tuck  them under a bit.

## Step 2: Method 1 ... Braiding

While braiding I'm going to refer to each rope as 1L ,2L, or 3L (from the left) and 1R, 2R, or 3R (from the right).  I think it's the easiest way I can explain it.  I've labeled the first picture to explain.

We'll start by taking the first strand on the right (1R) and we'll move it to the middle, between 3L  and 3R.

Now take the second strand from the left (2L) and move it all the way across to the far right. This will now 1R.

Now we'll be taking the farthest strand to the left (1L) and we'll move it to the center between 3L and 3R.

Take the second strand from the right (2R) and move it across to the far left. This will now be 1L.

Continue in this manner to the end ... 1L to the middle,2R to the left.  1R to the middle, 2L to the right.

Keep braiding until there's no more dough to work with, then pinch the ends together and tuck it under the end. Move to the top of the bread and tuck it under a bit too, to balance out the bread.

Now set the dough to rise a second time and bake :)