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03-09-2009, 10:26 AM
Does anyone have a simple challah bread recipe that I can use? Or tell me where I can find one.
03-09-2009, 10:34 AM
Try googling it. I've found quite a few recipes to go with our Tapestry studies that way.
03-09-2009, 12:11 PM
We try to have a Shabbat dinner on most Friday nights, and Challah bread is the center of it. Most of the time I make the following recipe because it is easy and can involve the kids. Sometimes when the world gets in the way of my plans, I use frozen bread dough. Just thaw it out until you can cut it (I use a pizza cutter) into 3 strips. Make them kind of long with your hands, braid them, and tuck the pieces in at both ends. Let it rise and bake according to directions.
Here is the recipe I usually use.
Challah "IN A BAG"
2 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
3 c. unbleached or all-purpose flour
2 pgk of Rapid Rise yeast or 1 1/2 T instant active bulk yeast
1 1/2 t. salt
Put half of the flour, all the yeast and salt in a gallon size zip-loc bag. Force all the air out of the bag, close, and work the bag with your fingers to mix the ingredients together.
1 2/3 c. very warm water
1/4 c. oil or softened margarine
1/4 c. honey
Carefully squeeze out air, seal bag and work bag with fingers until well mixed.
Add the other half of your flour. You will mix well, then watch to see it you need any extra flour. If you do, only add 1/4 cup at a time. The dough should feel soft like new play-dough and will pull away from the sides of the bag and stick to itself. Rest the dough for 10 minutes. Spray or lightly oil cookie sheet
Turn out dough onto light floured surface. Sprinkle some four on top and knead several minutes until somooth and elastic.
Break off about one third dough. This will be for your top braid. Separate it into 3 equal parts and roll between your hands to shape into 8" or 9" long ropes. Braid the ropes. Now take the big portion of dough and divide it into 3 parts. Shape these into 14" ropes and braid. Place the larger braid on cookie sheet first and put the smaller one length wise on top.
Let rise until double in size. This will take 45 minutes to one hour away from a draft.
Prehaeat your oven to 325.
Bake on the middle rack for 45 to 55 miknutes until nicely borwon. This loaf is equal to 2 medium loaves. It weighs about 2 1/4 pounds.
We all love this recipe. Hope it helps!
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