Challah

  • Active Time 15m
  • Total Time 2h 45m

Makes 1 loaf

You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy this loaf of fragrant, tender, slightly sweet bread. It makes perfect French toast.

ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon dry yeast (not quick rising)
  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (available at most health food stores)
  • 3 tablespoons Lora Brody's Dough Relaxer or 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk (optional)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 extra-large eggs
  • 3/4 cup (or more) room temperature water

  • Nonstick vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 1 egg beaten with 2 tablespoons water

directions

TO MAKE DOUGH:

Place first 9 ingredients in bread machine in order listed. Program machine for dough cycle and press start. Check dough after first few minutes of first knead cycle and add more flour or water if necessary to form smooth, soft ball. At end of final cycle, transfer dough to lightly floured work surface; cover with towel and let rest 15 minutes.

DO-AHEAD TIP:

Dough can be made up to 1 day ahead. Store in resealable plastic freezer bag and refrigerate.

TO FORM LOAF:

Spray a heavy large baking sheet with vegetable oil spray. Gently shape dough into 18x10-inch rectangle. Place rectangle on prepared baking sheet. Using dough cutter, divide dough lengthwise into 3 equal strips, leaving strips attached at one end. Braid strips, securing strips at other end. Brush with some egg wash and allow dough to rise in warm draft-free area until almost doubled, about 35 minutes. Do not allow dough to over-rise or it will collapse during baking.

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 400 degrees F. Brush egg wash over loaf again. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees F and continue baking until loaf sounds hollow when tapped on bottom, tenting bread loosely with foil if beginning to brown too much, about 25 minutes.

TO BAKE BREAD IN MACHINE:

Allow dough to rise and bake in bread machine to form square-shaped loaf. Or, remove dough from machine after it has been kneaded, quickly braid it and return it to machine for final rise and baking.

DO-AHEAD TIP:

Dough can be made and refrigerated up to 2 days ahead or frozen up to 3 months ahead. Store dough in gallon-size resealable plastic bag and refrigerate or freeze until ready to form and bake.

Recipe created exclusively for Cooking.com by Lora Brody.

Serving size = 3 x 3-inch square

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 6355

nutrition information per serving

134 calories; 4g total fat; 40mg cholesterol; 220mg sodium; 20g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 4g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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