Challah

April 5, 2011

Author Notes: A recipe that has been handed down for generations. Enjoyed just as is, with some butter or as the perfect french toast bread.KitchenThymes

Makes: 3 loaves

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 5 teaspoons of yeast
  • 3/4 cups of warm water
  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of warm water
  • 2 tablespoons of kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of poppy seeds
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. Put the 2 teaspoons of sugar, 2 tablespoons of flour, 5 teaspoons of yeast and 3/4 cup of warm water into a tall tumbler. Place it in a warm spot, and its ready to use when its at the top of glass.
  2. Make the dough by mixing the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add in the yeast mixture and blend it well.
  3. Add in at least 3 cups of flour (probably more) and mix well.
  4. Knead the dough for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Put the dough into an oiled bowl, cover it, and let it rise 1 1/2 hours, or more if needed.
  6. Divide the dough into 3 parts for one loaf, 6 parts for two, or 9 parts for three and braid. Place the loaves on greased baking sheet and let them rise for at least 1 hour.
  7. Rub the loaves with the sweetened egg wash, and sprinkled with poppy seeds.
  8. Bake at 350? for 45 minutes.

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