Why Does My Challah Bread Split Open During Baking?

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Q: When I braid a challah it splits in the baking process, so that I do not have a nice braided top when baked. It looks more like a person got stitches and in the healing process they broke open. Can your readers help me figure out what I am doing wrong?

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Editor: Madeline, here is Emma's helpful step-by-step tutorial for making challah, which includes photos of the braiding process:

Readers, do you have any idea what might be going wrong? Any advice for making a beautiful loaf of challah?

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(Image credits: Emma Christensen)