How to Make Challah Bread
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Serves: 1 loaf
 
Adapted from TheKitchn
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 packet (2 and ¼ teaspoons) of yeast
  • 4 - 4½ cups (20 to 22 ounces) of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) of water
  • 2 large eggs + 1 egg, separated
  • ¼ cup of oil
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, salt, and yeast. Add the flour, and stir to combine.
  2. Add the water, oil, 2 eggs, and 1 egg yolk, and mix together the wet ingredients. Leave the egg white aside for later.
  3. Stir together the wet and dry ingredients until they form a dough.
  4. Knead the challah dough for about 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  5. Cover the bowl, and let rise for 30-45 minutes.
  6. For a normal loaf: Shape the challah into a loaf.
  7. For a 3 stranded braid Divide the challah dough into 3 equal pieces. Roll each of the pieces into a thin rope. Pinch together the ropes at one end, and braid as if you were braiding hair.
  8. For a 6 stranded braid: Divide the challah dough into 6 equal pieces. Roll each of the pieces into a thin rope. Pinch together the ropes at one end. Take the rightmost strand, slide it under 2 strands, over 1 strand, and under the next 2 strands, and repeat until you have a loaf.
  9. Transfer the loaf to a lightly greased baking sheet. Lightly cover, and let rise for about an hour.
  10. About 20 minutes before baking, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  11. Brush the challah loaf with the egg white, making sure to cover all of the crevices.
  12. Bake the challah for 30-35 minutes until deeply browned.
  13. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
Recipe by FoodParsed at http://foodparsed.com/how-to-make-challah-bread/