Challah

Submitted by Starscr292

You can either bake this in the bread machine, or go through the dough cycle then braid and bake the bread in the oven.

 

3/4 c. warm water
1 lg. egg

3 Tb. margarine, cut up
3 c. bread flour
4 Tb. sugar

1-1/4 t. salt

2 t. active dry yeast

 

Add water, egg, margarine, flour, sugar, salt and yeast to bread machine in order recommended by manufacturer.  Select sweet bread cycle.  Remove to rack to cool when done.

 

BRAIDED, BAKED CHALLAH

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Select dough/manual cycle.  Prepare as in bread machine.  When cycle is complete, remove dough to a lightly floured surface.  If necessary, knead in enough flour to make br3ad easy to handle. 

 

Divide dough into 2 pieces, one about 2/3 of the dough, the other about 1/3 of the dough.  Divide the larger piece into 3 equal pieces.  Roll into 14" ropes.  Place ropes on greased baking sheet.  Braid.  Pinch ends to seal.  Divide remaining piece into 3 equal pieces.  Roll into 12" ropes.  Braid.  Place smaller braid on top of larger braid.  Pinch ends firmly to seal ant to secure to large braid.

 

Cover with damp towel and let rise in warm draft free place until almost doubled in size, 15-20 minutes.  Lightly beat 1 egg yolk and one Tb. of water.  Brush over braids.  Sprinkle with poppy seeds or sesame seeds, if desired.  After bread has baked at 375 degrees for 15 minutes, cover loosely with foil to prevent excess browning.  Bake an additional 10-15 minutes (sounds hollow when tapped on bottom braid).  Total baking times is approximately 25-30 minutes.  Remove from sheet and cool on wire rack.