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Challah

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Active Time:  15 Minutes
Total Time:  2 Hours 45 Minutes
  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.
RECIPE 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
Challah Recipe at Cooking.com
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 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 . All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Makes 1 loaf
Calories: 134
Fat. Total: 4g
Fiber: 1g
Carbohydrates, Total: 20g
Sodium: 220mg
% Cal. from Fat: 27%
Cholesterol: 40mg
Protein: 4g
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Rating: 1
by: Jack, AL Reviewed: 01/25/2008
This is for a bread machine ONLY and since I don't have a bread machine, I guess I can't make it. Therefor I have to rate this recipe as a bummer.
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