Okay, so about this amazing recipe -
I had posted another Challah bread recipe a while back which my family really enjoyed. If you ask me which one I like better, I'd have to pick this one. It was really amazing! I found this recipe on one of several Betty Crocker's cookbooks I have - in case you didn't know, I am a huge fan of Betty Crocker's recipes. I even have a label called "Betty Crocker" under labels, check them out!
This challa bread is a traditional Jewish bread that is braided. It looks beautiful and tastes fantastic. It's healthy too. The recipe is fairly simple as well. Remember to check the water temperature for the yeast (too cold or too hot water will kill the yeast) and braid the dough like you'd braid your daughter's hair, or a barbie doll. :) Have fun with this recipe!!
Braided Challa BreadAdapted from Betty Crocker's New Cookbook
2 1/2 - 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 package regualr or quick active dry yeast (2 1/4 - 3 teaspoons)
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 large egg
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons cold water
sesame seed or poppy seed
Mix 1 1/4 cups of the flour, the yeast, sugar and salt in large bowl. Heat water and 1 tablespoon oil until very warm (120-130 degrees F). Add water mixture to flour mixture. Beat with electric mixer on low speed 1 minute, scraping bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed 1 minute, scraping bowl frequently. Beat in 1 egg until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to make dough easy to handle.
Turn dough oto lightly floured surface. Knead about 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in greased bowl and turn greased side up. Cover and let rise in warm place 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until double. Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.
Lightly grease cookie sheet with pam or shortening.
Punch down dough and divide into 3 equal parts. Roll each part into a rope, 14 inches long. Place ropes close together on cookie sheet. Braid ropes gently and loosely; do not stretch. Fasten ends; turck ends under braid securely. Brush with oil. Cover and let rise in warm place 40-50 minutes or until double.
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix egg yolk and 2 tablespoons water; brush over braid. Sprinkle with sesame seed or poppy seed.
Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Check bread at 15 minutes and tent with aluminum foil if it seems to be browning too quickly. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack; cool.