Trying to revive this habit, i am posting today about making a challah. It actually works out well for many friends asked me to share a recipe for some Jewish food and this one is probably among the few that are traditionally Jewish.
Before i start, i have to confess that while making the challah i cheat. I am using a breadmaker to make the dough. I believe you can do it without using technology, but i confess it makes the life much easier. In fact, breadmaker was probably one of the best pieces of kitchenware i've ever got. Hopefully i will share some interesting bread recipes in the future.
- 2 eggs (room temperature) + water to equal the whole thing 1.5 cups of liquids
- 1/4 cup of oil ( i am using olive)
- 4.5 cups of bread flour (in case you've never baked bread, it is different from an all pupose flour and it is apparently important)
- 2 TBL of sugar
- 2 tsp of salt (i am using sea salt which is larger than the regular table salt)
- 1.25 tsp of bread machine yeast or 2 tsp of active dry yeast
In the breadmaker i have it takes about and hour and 20 minutes for the dough to be ready. From my end it takes 5 minutes to put all the ingredients together and the come back after 1 hour and 20 minutes and have a ready dough.
After the dough was ready i divided it in two halves (one for each challah) and then each one was divided in three (the original recipe suggest dividing the whole amount in three and then making one huge challah).
The final result should be something like this.
Next you place the challah/s on greased baking sheet, cover it with a towel and let it rest in a warm place for about an hour.
During this time the challahs are supposed to rise and practically double themselves in size. This what my challahs looked after almost an hour.
At the next stage you heat the stove to 350F/177C. While it is heating you are taking on egg yolk (the original recipe says 2, but i think 1 is enough) and beat it with 1 TBL of water. Then you brush it onto the challahs and as a final touch sprinkle some sesame or poppy seeds on the top of it.
When everything is ready, you send the challahs into the stove for about 20 minutes (25 minutes for the huge challah). I test if its done by sticking a toothpick and seeing if it comes out dry.
That's basically it... Enjoy the challah, from my experience it turns out really great. Try it with Nutella or other chocolate... it is good!