Friday, April 15, 2011

Challah Bread~ Spring Is Around The Corne





Jewish Sweet Bread~Challah Bread



Jewish Sweet Bread (
Challah)
This bread is so delicious and so pretty because it is braided. It's not terribly hard to make, but takes a few hours because it has to rise twice. You can easily double the recipe and actually make 6 loaves by separating the dough into smaller parts. Also~ the butter is very important. If you use unsalted butter~ the flavor isn't as good.

1 pkg. yeast
1 1/4 c. warm water (as hot as you can comfortably touch it)
1 tsp. sugar

1 tsp. salt
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. oil
2 eggs
4 1/2 c. flour

Mix yeast, water, and tsp. sugar, set aside. Mix the other ingredients together, then add yeast mixture. Lay out on floured surface and knead 5 minutes. Put into greased bowl and cover with a towel. Let rise to double~ punch down. Cut dough into 3 parts (there will actually be 6 parts because the recipe makes 2 loaves). Make 2 braids and let them rise on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 20 min. or until golden brown. Pour 1/2 cube of melted butter over bread before baking and 1/2 cube of melted butter just after baking.

This bread is so good and so easy! It has become an Easter tradition for our family!




2 comments:

jordancristine said...

What pretty bread! I've never tried challah before, but now I may just have to...:)

Teresa said...

What a great looking bread! I hope you have a great time at your retreat.

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