Braided Bread – Very Rich Challah Bread Recipe

May 21st, 2014. Bread, Very Rich Challah Bread Recipe.

by Khozam Julia

Very Rich Challah Bread Recipe

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Challah bread recipe in this post is for decadent and very rich. It is the best challah that you perhaps will love. The ingredients I give to you today will help you to make 2 large loaves. This recipe is ready for about 2 1/2 hours.”

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons: active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons: salt
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 c. unbleached flour and add more if necessary
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

Keep in mind that you can use 20 minutes for preparation and 30 minutes for cooking.

Directions:

  1. Use large mixing bowl to dissolve the honey in water and stir in yeast. Set it aside so the yeast is creamy on the top for about 15 minutes. Stir in 2/3 cup of olive oil, salt and also beaten eggs before adding 1 cup of flour at the time so the dough is not sticky.
  2. Place the dough to floured surface and until smooth yet elastic you have to knead and it will need10 minutes to do. Oil a bowl to place the dough in and turn it for few times to the oil. Let it rise so doubled in draft free place but warm enough for 90 minutes.
  3. Make loaves: punch the dough down and cut to equal size. Cut the first to 4 equal parts and set the second under the cloth to avoid drying out when you make the first loaf.
  4. Roll 4 dough pieces to braid the first 4-strand loaf in thin rope with the length 14 inches. Pinch the top for 4 ropes together. Make under-2 over-1 braid and take left-most ropes. Move to the right underneath the 2 ropes and move to left cross back over the strand directly to the left. It should be in far right strand and then move to left and cross for under the two strands. Move right to cross back through the strand and directly go to the right. Repeat doing the strands so it is braided together. Allow the braided loaves to rise in 1 hour.
  5. Preheat to oven for 350 degrees F and take parchment paper to line the baking sheets.
  6. Whisk together with milk to make glaze, add 2 tablespoons olive oil, sugar and egg white in bowl. Use glaze to brush the braided loaves. Spend 30 minutes to bake the loaves for challah bread recipe.

Braided Bread – Bread Machine recipe

Ingredients: 

Braided Bread

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  • 1 cup warm water
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 1/2 cups of flour
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast

Directions:
1. Place all ingredients in order into the basket of the machine. Make a well in the dry ingredients before putting in the yeast.
2. Close the bread machine door, set it on the dough setting and walk away for around 1 ½ hours.
3. When the dough is ready, mold it at least 2 loaves. For a traditional look, divide each loaf info 3 parts and braid. Place on greased cookie sheets. Cover loosely with towel. Let it rise for 2-3 hours.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
5. Brush the top of the challah gently with an egg yolk. If desired, sesame or poppy seeds can be sprinkled on top of the egg wash.
6. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 30 minutes.

TIPS:

To check if the bread is done baking, gently knock on the bottom of it. A hollow sound means the bread is ready.