Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Bread Machine Challah


I loved this recipe I've already made it twice, I tweaked it a bit because the first time it tasted great but it was very dense and the dough was extremely sticky.  The second time it was perfect.  Now I just need to work on my braiding technique.  The picture above is from the first time I made the Challah.  The second time I made it I left it in the oven longer and it came out golden brown all over. See!


I love using the bread machine for dough recipes and then finishing the bread in the oven.  For starters, you don't get that big hole in the bottom of your loaf.  Also - I just enjoy the hands on part of kneading the dough one last time and hand shaping it.  This recipe has the perfect amount of salt and honey in it and the challah has a wonderful flavor.  Enjoy!

recipe adapted from allrecipes.com
What you need:
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 eggs, room temperature
5 cups bread or all purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons bread machine yeast
For Egg Wash
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon water

What you do:
Place water, sugar, honey, vegetable oil, salt,  eggs, flour and yeast in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select Dough cycle and press Start. Check the dough a few minutes after it starts, if its too sticky add a little more flour.               
After the machine is done, take the dough out, and place it on a very lightly floured board, punch the dough down, and let rest for 5 minutes.
Divide the dough in half. Then divide into 3 equal pieces, roll into ropes about 12 to 14 inches, and braid into a loaf. Do the same with the other half.  Put the loaves on a greased cookie sheet, cover and let rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours in a warm, draft free place, until doubles in size.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, beat together 1 egg and 1 tablespoon water.
Brush risen loaves with egg mixture. Bake in preheated oven for about  25 minutes. If it begins to brown too soon, cover with foil.               



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16 comments:

  1. How yummy! Homemade challah is the best! I haven't made some since I was in junior high. Time-consuming, but so good!

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  2. MMMM, I could eat both rolls all by myself! Yes, I could.
    Never tried it but looks so yummy, I'm drooling.
    xx
    maya

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  3. I love recipes for the bread machine dough cycle. This will be a fun, family kitchen, morning project. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I love my bread machine more than anything in my kitchen, I think. I put sesame seeds on my version, this looks like an awesome one too, I'll have to try it out!

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  5. I just got a new bread machine... perfect timing. I can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks!

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  6. Beautiful! I even love the plate it's on! :)

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  7. Beautiful Challah Danielle, I can almost smell it coming out of the oven.Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see again real soon. Hope you are having a great week end!
    Miz Helen

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  8. Looks delish.

    We'd love you to share your recipes with us at
    Simply Delish Saturday

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  9. I've always wanted to make challah. Thank you so much for joining Fat Camp Friday! See you next week!

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  10. I have a bread machine. I'll have to try this. Thanks for the recipe.

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  11. That bread looks so yummy! Saw you on link party, now google following you. Would love it if you popped by and would love it if you followed me to, Karima x www.karimascrafts.com

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  12. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with me at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you will come back tomorrow for another party filled with GREAT RECIPES!
    Thanks,
    I hope to see you there!

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  13. this looks incredible! Thanks for linking to Tasty Tuesday.
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  15. I love bread, it is my own breakfast, thank you, very interesting recipe with me, maybe, I have learned many things from you.

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