Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Bread Machine Challah (A Recipe Remake)

This is my favorite bread!  I have always loved Challah but for some reason, I could never get it to turn out perfect.  Until now - these loaves were pretty darn close to perfect.

This is a recipe remake, I posted Bread Machine Challah a while back and if you take a look at the picture, you will see it could use a little work.  The flavor was very much there but in a denser form.  I really wanted to perfect this bread.

You know what else I want to do?  Show people it's not that hard to make bread (especially when the bread machine will run the dough cycle for you.)  When my mom was here (not a baker by any means,) we made French Bread.  She repeatedly told me she couldn't make it so I showed her she could.  Aside from the fact that she added the yeast at the wrong time, she did great and was proud of herself.

Then my teenage niece came to visit and she insists she can't make anything. So, I pulled up my blog and went to the recipe index and told her to pick out a bread to make.  She chose Challah.  We made two of the best loaves that have ever come out of that bread machine. She was also so proud of herself.  I haven't made Challah again - I think I will just wait until she come backs for a visit. I think she has the magic touch.

Do you have a favorite bread machine recipe?  Or just bread recipe?

recipe adapted from allrecipes.com
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

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.        

*after you brush with egg, you can add poppy seeds or sesame seeds (optional) 

Other bread machine recipes you may like:

Last year at this time I made Homemade Slime/Goop

Two years ago I made Cajun Kielbasa

Three years ago I made Savory Oatmeal

Four years ago I made Chicken Paprikash

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  1. These are some GORGEOUS loaves!!

  2. These look SO gorgeous! What perfect bread. I don't have a bread machine, but I do love making bread at home, especially baguettes. YUM!

  3. Danielle, I just love this bread! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and have a fabulous day!
    Hope to see you soon,
    Miz Helen


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