Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Another baking adventure.......

Nope, I'm not Jewish, but

I saw this recipe for Challah bread online. It was posted here by Leslie at the Weighting game. I just had to try it out. It was a very simple recipe and easy to make. It was also very tasty. I love trying new recipes and feel especially rewarded when it turns out well. (The only negative to this bread is that it's best when fresh out of the oven. It doesn't taste nearly as good the second day.)

Challah Bread

  • One package dry yeast

  • 2 tsp. kosher salt

  • 2 tsp. sugar

  • Approx. 4 cups of flour

  • 1 cup very warm water

  • 1/4 cup butter

  • 3 eggs, beaten

  • Egg wash (1 egg mixed w/ little milk)

  • Preheat oven to 350.

Mix yeast, salt, sugar and one cup flour.
In separate bowl, mix water and butter until it melts.
Add liquid to dry mix and stir until well combined.
Add eggs and stir again.
Add 1/4 cup flour at a time to mix, stirring each time until well combined.
When mixture becomes stiff, put on floured surface and start to knead . Add flour as necessary to prevent sticking. Knead at least five minutes but longer if necessary. Put the dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap and lightweight towel. Let rise for an hour or two until big and beautiful.
Punch it on down and knead again for 1-2 minutes. Put back in bowl & cover for 20-30 minutes.
Portion the dough into three section and roll into ropes.
Braid the dough, pinching the ends and turning them under so the seam is hidden. Brush with egg wash then let dough rest 15-20 minutes and place in oven. Bake 30 minutes.



Mrs Furious said...

Beautiful loaf.
I've always wanted to make Challah... maybe I'll try it this week.

You could always makes some killer french toast with the rest of it ;)

Roni said...

Very cool! I may have to try this!