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A few weeks ago, I shared this recipe as a guest post for my friend Amber’s wonderful blog, Dessert Now, Dinner Later. She has some of the most amazing recipes ever! You should really go check her blog out!
Anyway, I was SOOOOO dang proud of how this Challah Bread turned out, I had to share it here too!
My grandparents had food booths at local fairs and festivals while Jenn and I were younger. Our family still does our favorite fair every summer and one of the other food booths sells the most delicious french toast made with Challah Bread. Ever since the first time I ate it, I wanted to learn how to make Challah bread. I always assumed it was so hard, but when I found this recipe from The Kitchn, I knew I had to give it a try.
Lightly Adapted from The Kitchn
2 teaspoons instant yeast
1 cup warm water
4 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar + 1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 large eggs + 1 large egg yolk (reserve egg white for egg wash)
1/4 oil (can use melted butter also)
Dissolve your yeast into your warm water, add 1/4 teaspoon sugar. Stir and let set until a frothy layer is on top of the yeast mixture.
Whisk together your flour, remaining sugar and salt in a medium bowl. Make a well in the middle of your dry ingredients, add your eggs + egg yolk and oil. Whisk together, creating a slurry, pulling a little of the flour mixture from the sides. (Do not mix it with ALL the flour mixture yet.) Pour the yeast mixture over the egg slurry and mix to form a rough dough ball. I found that using a wooden spoon worked best for this.
Turn your dough out on to a floured surface and using your remaining 1/4 cup of flour, knead for about 8-10 minutes. Your dough should be smooth and slightly tacky.
Form into a ball and place in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise until double in size (about 1 1/2 to 2 hours).
Cut your dough into 3 equal if doing a traditional braid or 6 equal sections for a braid like I did. (The Kitchn has a perfect, photographic step by step on how to do a 6 rope braid.) Roll each section out into a rope about 16 inches long. Squeeze the top of the sections together and braid together. When finished squeeze the ends together and tuck under.
Drape with a dish cloth and let rise for about an hour.
About 20 minutes before baking, preheat your oven to 350°F and add 1 tablespoon of water to your remaining egg white to create an egg wash. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the egg white on the bread taking care to get in all the creases.
Bake for 15 minutes, rotate the pan, then bake another 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. Slice, serve and enjoy!
We ate this with dinner and luckily had enough left over to make some delicious french toast the next morning!
Thanks Amber for letting us share your blog!
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