Challah…in the bread machine, or not

January 23, 2012 § 3 Comments

We have a bread machine, but rarely use it for baking the bread, and this recipe for challah is no exception.  Unless you have an exceptionally large bread machine, you will have to bake this bread in an oven.

Challah

1 cup warm water

1 tablespoon sugar

5 eggs, at room temperature

1/4 cup olive oil, or melted butter

2 teaspoons salt

5 1/2 to 6 cups flour

1 package yeast

Step one:

Place the water, sugar, 4 of the eggs, oil or butter, salt, 5 1/2 cups of the flour, and the yeast into the bread machine pan.  Mix on dough cycle, and allow the bread to rise for 30 minutes.  Remove from the pan, and divide dough into two equally-sized portions.  Dust the portions lightly with some of the reserved half cup of flour, cover with a towel, and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

Step two:

Remove the towel, and take one of the balls and roll into a log about 9″ long.  Cut off 1/3 of the end and set it aside.  Cut the larger log into 3 equally-sized pieces, and roll them into 12″-long ropes.  Place the ropes onto a greased baking sheet and braid.  Take the 1/3 end, and cut into 3 equally-size pieces, and then roll each into 12″-long ropes.  Braid on a lightly floured board, and then take the braid and place over the larger braid on the pan, tucking ends under.

Repeat with the second ball to form a second loaf.  Cover both loaves with a towel, and allow to rise 45 minutes.  Remove the towel.  Beat the reserved egg, and brush the egg onto the loaves.

Step three:

Place in a preheated 400-degree oven for 40 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool bread on racks.  Makes two loaves.

If you don’t have a bread machine, you may make this bread by hand:

For step one, dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water with the butter or oil. Stir in the eggs, 2 cups of the flour and the salt.  Stir in remaining flour, using a wooden spoon to stir in last bits of flour.  When dough leaves sides of the pan, pour out onto a floured board, and knead for 10 minutes.  Place dough ball into a greased bowl, and allow to rise for 45 minutes.  Follow steps two and three as indicated above for bread machine version.

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