Challah

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Francine Lizotte

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Soft, moist and absolutely delicious, this is a great recipe to make! It's beautiful and pairs very well with many dishes.

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Oh yum! This challah bread recipe is everything it should be. It's rich, soft, and slightly sweet with a nice crust. There are many ways this bread can be eaten. Add a bit of butter to a slice or use it to make challah french toast. This bread does take a little time to prepare and the braiding technique takes practice but the result is worth it. Ours isn't perfect ... but it was very tasty. Test Kitchen Avatar The Test Kitchen


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★★★★★ 1 vote

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Serves:
1 loaf
Prep:
30 Min
Cook:
40 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 tsp
    active dry yeast
  • 1 c
    lukewarm water (between 105º to 110ºf)
  • 5 Tbsp
    honey, divided
  • 4 c
    unbleached all-purpose four, plus more for the work surface
  • 1 tsp
    ground Himalayan sea salt
  • 2 large
    free-run eggs
  • 1 large
    egg yolk, white reserved
  • 1/4 c
    canola oil, plus more to grease the bowl
  • 1
    egg wash (reserved white whisked with 1 tbsp. water)
  • 1 tsp
    poppy seeds (substitute sesame seeds or kosher salt), or as needed

How to Make Challah

Step-by-Step

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine yeast, water, and 1 Tbsp honey; stir and let it sit for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flour and salt; whisk to combine and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine eggs, yolk, oil, and the remaining 4 Tbsp honey; beat until well blended and set aside.
  4. Add egg mixture and flour mixture to yeast (reserve ½ cup).
  5. With the dough hook attachment, process on speed 1 until mostly blended then increase to speed 3. Add 1 Tbsp of flour at a time until the dough clings to the hook, cleaning the sides of the bowl until slightly tacky and springy.
  6. Remove the dough from the bowl and with greased hands, form a ball by pulling it under. Place it in a large oiled bowl and move it around to coat with oil.
  7. Cover with a clean dish towel and move to a draft-free area such as the oven with the temperature off. Let it rise for 1 ½ hours.
  8. Remove from its spot and knock the air out. Cover and return to its draft-free spot. Let it rise again for another hour.
  9. When the time is up, transfer to a lightly floured surface and punch it again. Sprinkle on more flour and knead for 2 minutes, adding flour if it’s too greasy.
  10. Form a ball by pulling under, weight the dough and then cut equally in half. Cut each half in 3 equal pieces (weigh each of them on kitchen scale) and form a ball by pulling under.
  11. Flour a large surface such as a counter or table and, working one at a time, form an oblong shape. Roll each piece with even pressure until it reaches 18 inches. If ends retract, let the gluten rest a few minutes before working on it again.
  12. When the 6 braids are done, gather the ends at the top, pinch and squeeze them together so they stay in place.
  13. Take the right braid and fold it over the top to the left. Take the left braid and fold it over the top on the opposite side. Separate the 4 remaining braids in groups of two, leaving a space in the middle. Take the left braid and place it down the center. To replace it, take the 2nd braid on the right and fold it across the top again. Creating a space in the middle, bring the top right braid to the center. To replace it, take the 2nd braid from the left and place it across the top. Then take the top left braid and place it down the middle; replace it with the 2nd braid on the right, crossing over the others. Create a space in the middle and bring the top right braid down the center; replace it with the 2nd one on the left. Continue with the same pattern until the end is reached.
  14. When you run out of braids, gather the remaining ends. Squeeze them together and fold them under nice and neat. Do the same with the other end where you started.
  15. Carefully transfer the braided dough to a large baking sheet lined with a silicone mat. Cover and move it back to the oven for 45 minutes.
  16. Later on, brush on the egg wash making sure to get all the nooks and crannies. Sprinkle on some poppy seeds. If there are any spots where the seeds don’t stick, brush on a little bit more egg wash and sprinkle on some more seeds.
  17. Transfer to a 350ºF preheated oven and bake for 40 minutes. Halfway through baking, rotate the pan. Remove from the heat and place it on a wire rack to cool off.
  18. To view this recipe on YouTube, click on this link >>>> youtu.be/aCmNNzs8pcM

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About Challah

Course/Dish: Other Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Jewish
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free
Other Tag: Heirloom



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