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Jewish Recipes --> Recipes --> Challah Recipes

Chavah's Crusty Challah Bread

Recipe Ingredients:

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  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 6 to 6 1/2 cups white flour
Dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in sugar, salt, oil and 3 cups of flour. Beat until smooth. Mix in enough remaining flour to make dough easy to handle.

Turn dough onto lightly floured board; knead until smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 minutes. Place in bowl sprayed with no-stick cooking spray; also spray top with no-stick cooking spray. Cover; let rise in warm place until double, about 45 minutes. (Dough is ready if impression remains.)

Punch down dough; divide in half and braid. Brush with salad oil or combine 2 tablespoons poppy seed and 2 tablespoons honey and brush the top of the braids . Let rise until double, about 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Bake about 30 - 35 minutes or until loaves sound hollow when tapped.

TIP: This recipe is easy to divide in half.

To Shape the Challah:

Divide the dough into 2 pieces. Divide each piece into thirds, and roll each third into a long thin rope. Pinch the 3 ropes together at one end to hold then in place. Braid the ropes, and place the braid on a foil-covered cookie sheet. Repeat with the remaining pieces of dough. Place the loaves well apart on the cookie sheet.

Brush each loaf with the egg-and-water mixture and top with seeds if desired. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the loaves sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.

Variations:

  • Whole wheat challah: Substitute whole wheat pastry flour for the white flour. Be sure to use pastry flour, as it is very fine and will yield almost as light a bread as white flour.

  • Raisin challah: Served on Rosh Hashanah. Add 1 cup of raisins to the dough. Divide the dough into 2 pieces. Shape each piece into a long thin rope and roll it into a coil. You will have 2 round loaves.


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