2 envelopes yeast
scant ½ sugar + 2 tsp. for egg wash
7 ¾ -8 cup flour (bread flour)
2 ¼ cup warm water
½ cup+1 tbs. oil
1 ¾ tbs. salt
3 eggs-(save 1/2 egg for wash)
poppy or sesame seeds – optional
1. Place yeast, tsp. sugar and 2 tsp. flour in tall glass-mix with ¾ cup warm water and let sit for 10 minutes.
2. Place 5 cups flour in bowl or mixer bowl add:
1 1/2 cups warm water
1/2 cup oil
scant 1/2 cup sugar
1 3/4 tbs salt
2 lightly beaten eggs
3. Add yeast mixture - mix and add 2 ¼ - 2 ½ cups flour gradually. Knead until smooth and elastic - about 10 minutes by hand - 5 minutes by machine.
4. Cover with plastic wrap and set in warm place for 2 ½ hours or refrigerate overnight.
5. Knock down and add about ½ cup flour on board as you knead again. Dough should be soft but not sticky.
6. Oil top of dough in bowl with ½ tbs. oil and cover to rise again for 1 ½ hours.
7. Divide dough into 2 pieces. Grease sheet.
a. Each piece can be rolled into long strip about 2" wide
and rolled around itself for a round challah.
b. Each piece can be divided into 6 strips to make 2
braids - lay one braid over the other and pinch ends
and fold under challah.
c. Piece can be placed in greased loaf pan.
Two challahs can be placed on one greased cookie sheet.
8. Cover and let rise 1 hour.
9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
10 Combine ½ egg and 2 tsp. sugar and brush tops - sprinkle with seeds - Bake 45 minutes.
Let cool and enjoy! Freezes very well.
The other recipe Honey, apple Challah was one I got from the Tori Avey blog. I subscribed to her list and daily receive wonderful recipes. Here is the link for the delicious apple challah.
This challah was delicious - but took a lot longer of my time to roll out and stuff, but everyone raved about it.
Try them both and see what you prefer. When I cook the first one, I like to put sesame seeds on top of it, but be creative, the raisins inside yesterday were delicious.
May you all be inscribed for a healthy new year. From my family to yours. L'Shana Tova May it be a sweet new year