Simona's Challah

Recipe for Simona's Challah
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Ingredients

3-3/4 cups bread flour, divided, plus cup extra as needed, plus extra for work surfaces
1-2/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon water, divided
2-1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup sugar
2-1/2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for bowl and wrap
3 large eggs, divided
Poppy seeds (optional)

Instructions

In a large bowl, stir together ¾ cup flour, 1-⅔ cup water, and yeast. Let sit 45 minutes (to give yeast a head start on rising and to yield a richer flavor). Add remaining 3 cups flour, salt, sugar, olive oil, and 2 eggs. Stir until dough comes together; if it doesn’t, add up to ½ cup more flour. Turn dough out onto a well-floured work surface and knead until a smooth, supple dough forms, 10-15 minutes. Clean the mixing bowl; then coat with oil. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise until doubled in size, about 1-½ hours.

Turn dough back out onto a lightly floured baking sheet and fold over once or twice to deflate. Divide dough into three pieces. Weigh each piece to make sure they’re equal; each one should weigh 14 ounces. Roll each piece out to a 16-inch-long strand; then pinch strands together at the top.

Braid strands together (like braiding hair), folding the right outer strand over the center one, then the left outer strand back over the center one as well. Repeat until loaf is fully braided; then pinch strands together at the bottom.

Whisk remaining egg with 1 tablespoon water to make a wash. Brush loaf with mixture, reserving some for a second wash after rising. Cover loaf with a lightly oiled piece of plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375°. Brush loaf with remaining egg wash, sprinkle with poppy seeds if you like, and bake until challah is nicely browned, 35-45 minutes. Let cool before serving.

Yield: 

1 loaf

Preparation Time

45 Minutes

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Baking or cooking

Hi. Love your recipes. Wanted to bake the challah, and noted your mentioned that you converted the measurements to USA , but you could leave the measurements also on metric. I'm over here in Europe and I often have a darn time converting. Maybe a suggestion to have a conversion button somewhere so that also us Europeans have it a bit easier. Many thanks and keep up the great work.ciao from Italy. Ursula.

Metric Recipe

Ursula, you're probably feeling the same frustration that I feel when I see a promising recipe with metric measurements and no easy way to convert it. Some websites like Allrecipes have a conversion button. It makes life so much easier. LOL. I just checked and some pretty awesome looking recipes came up when I googled ' metric challah bread recipes. Happy baking!

Wish you had some gluten free

Wish you had some gluten free bread recipes and recipes for diabetics.