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Challah Egg Bread

Challah Egg Bread

If you have never tried yeast bread, this recipe is a good excuse to start!  The smell of fresh bread in the house will be a great reward.  This recipe is a traditional egg bread for the Jewish Sabbath. You can also add 1 cup raisins or golden raisins to the dough just before shaping.
 
Ingredients: Challah
  • 2 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F.) 
  • 1 Tbsp. active dry yeast 
  • 1/2 cup honey 
  • 4 Tbsp. vegetable oil 
  • 3 eggs 
  • 1 Tbsp. salt 
  • 8 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 
  • 1 Tbsp. poppy seeds 

 
Preparation: 
 
  1. In a large bowl, sprinkle yeast over warm water (110 degrees F.). Beat in honey, oil, 2 eggs, and salt. Add the flour one cup at a time, beating after each addition, graduating to kneading with hands as dough thickens. Knead until smooth and elastic and no longer sticky, adding flour as needed. Cover with a damp clean cloth and let rise for 1 1/2 hours or until dough has doubled in bulk.
  2. Punch down the risen dough and turn out onto floured board. Divide in half and knead each half for five minutes or so, adding flour as needed to keep from getting sticky. Divide each half into thirds and roll into long snake about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Pinch the ends of the three snakes together firmly and braid from middle. Either leave as braid or form into a round braided loaf by bringing ends together, curving braid into a circle, pinch ends together. Grease two baking trays and place finished braid or round on each. Cover with towel and let rise about one hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  4. Beat the remaining egg and brush a generous amount over each braid. Sprinkle with poppy seeds if desired.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 40 minutes. Bread should have a nice hollow sound when thumped on the bottom. Cool on a rack for at least one hour before slicing.


Makes: 2 braided loaves; 30 servings, 1 slice each. 

Per serving: 
165 calories, 2.8 g fat, 30.3 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 4.3 g protein, 21 mg cholesterol

Adapted from AllRecipes
Accessed at: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/challah-i/