July 05, 2006

Challah and some links

Challah Bread and some links...

Bread Machine Challah Recipe
(not my recipe just one I found at AllRecipes.com about two years ago
- it is great and beautiful if you braid it for authenticity - not hard, btw.)

Load the bread machine:
3/4 cup warm water
2 eggs (large)
1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1-1/2 tsp. salt
3-2/3 cups flour
2 tsp. yeast (Fleischmann's Instant)
(Sometimes I use 1 cup whole wheat flour for 1 cup white flour.)

To make a loaf of Challah:
Sometimes I just let the whole thing bake until its done on the regularbread cycle.
A more traditional way is to use the dough cycle, make a six-braid andbake for about 30 minutes at 375.
Another way is to use the dough cycle, punch it down, dust thecounter with flour, roll it out in a rectangle, roll up (carefully, for noholes), add egg yolk glaze and seeds.
Let it rise in a greased 9x5 loafpan in a warm oven for about 25 minutes.
Then bake at 375 for about 27 minutes.
This is good for sandwich bread.

To make Challah rolls:
Lately, I have been making challah rolls.
I use the dough cycle, whichstops after the first rise.
Sometimes I add 1/2 cup raisins at the signal.
I make 10 knot rolls, and let them rise on a cookie sheet (covered withparchment paper) for about 20 minutes, in a warm oven (which was turned to100F for 2 minutes, then turned off.)

Remove the rolls and preheat the oven to 375 F.
Brush them with beatenegg wash.
Sprinkle on sesame or poppy seeds. (Onion topping could be added here: chopped onion, oil, poppy seeds, salt.)
Bake the rolls at 375F for about 16-17 minutes.
The timing depends on thecolour.
Look at the colour of the bottom.
Use the center shelf.

Other notes:
Make a bed for the yeast, by using a spoon to make a hollow in the flour.This keeps the yeast out of the water.Using parchment paper avoids greasing the pan.My bread machine is large enough for 2 lb. loaves.Someone asked me if the challah is 'stringy'and I would say 'Yes,quite stringy!'.

Another new one I found is here:Bread Machine Challah from Suzy

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