Challah

Summary

Yield
Challah Loaves
SourceRecipe from Rivka on Food52.com.
Prep time1 hour
Cooking time3 hours
Total time4 hours

Description

Lightly sweet and fluffy, challah bread is great for sharing with friends and family. 

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup
water (warm)
1/4 cup
sugar (plus 2 teaspoons)
2 tablespoons
yeast, active dry
6 cups
flour (either all white or half white and whole wheat)
2 tablespoons
salt
1/4 cup
honey (clover, plus an extra tablespoon for egg wash)
2/3 cup
vegetable oil (or canola oil, flavorless)
4  
egg (plus 1 yolk for egg wash)
1 pinch
cardamom, ground

Instructions

Put 1 cup warm water in a small bowl. Add 2 tsp sugar and yeast and swirl together gently. Let if proof for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, mix flour, salt, ¼ cup sugar and cardamom in a large bowl. Set aside. In a third bowl, mix ½ cup water, honey, oil, and 4 eggs.

When the yeast is done proofing, add it to the flour mixture. Immediately add wet ingredients. Mix together until the dough becomes thick. Empty dough on to a well-floured surface and knead by hand until it is smooth and no longer sticky. This will take about 7-10 minutes.

Split the dough into two pieces. Set them each in a large, oiled bowl and cover with a damp towel. Let them rise until they are room temperature and have doubled in size. This may take between 2-4 hours, depending on the flour.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Separate each dough ball into thirds, so that you have 6 total pieces. Roll each piece into a 12 inch log. Use 3 logs and braid them together and then repeat with the remaining 3 logs for 2 total loaves. Place each loaf on a baking sheet and spread with egg wash (1 egg yolk, 1 Tbsp water, and 1 Tbsp honey, mixed together). Bake for about 20 minutes, until the loaves are golden and baked through.