Saturday, November 7, 2009

Challah


I really like to eat Challah right out of the oven. The honey in it makes for a sweet but moist bread! I put poppy seeds on mine and Raven loved the crunch. This recipe comes from the "Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day" cookbook. Give this one a try on soup night! This is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek today.

Needed:


1 3/4 cup warm water
1 1/2 T yeast
1 1/2 T salt
4 large eggs beaten-I use free range
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup oil-I used vegetable
7 cups all purpose flour
egg wash-1 egg beaten with 1 T water
Poppy or Sesame seeds

Mix yeast, salt, water, eggs, honey, and oil in your Kitchen Aid mixer. Now add in flour a cup at a time until all of the flour has been added. Cover and let double in size. You can now break off 3 orange size balls of dough. Place the rest in a covered bowl and place in fridge for later use. I took each of my orange size balls and rolled them in my hands to make ropes that were pretty equal in size. Next I joined them together and braided them together on a parchment lined baking sheet. Braiding bread is just like hair. Same technique. Looks fancy but is really pretty simple. Brush on eggs wash and sprinkle on as many poppy seeds or sesame seeds as you like. Bake at 350' for 25-30 minutes or until top is golden and sounds hollow when tapped.