Challah Bread or Egg Bread
Challah bread is pronounced "hallah" and is also called egg bread or sweet bread. It is one of my alltime favorite bread recipes.
It has a richness from the added eggs and is just slightly sweet.
This bread is wonderful used as toast, in egg salad sandwiches, tuna or chicken salad sandwiches.
Combine 4 1/2 cups of flour with the salt and remaining sugar in a large, deep mixing bowl. Add the yeast mixture, then add the eggs and vegetable oil. Gently stir until the ingredients are blended together. Stirring more vigorously, blend in the remaining flour. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 20 minutes.
Place the dough ball into a bowl, cover the bowl with a clean cloth, and let it stand for 45 minutes or until the dough has nearly doubled in bulk. Turn the dough out and knead for 5 minutes. Let it rest for 5 another minutes.
Cut the dough in half with a sharp knife, then cut each half into thirds. Roll each piece of dough into a long cylinder that tapers at each end, somewhat cigar shaped. Pinch the ends of the 3 long dough pieces together. Braid the 3 pieces, then pinch the other ends together. Repeat with the remaining dough.
Place the each dough braid on a lightly greased cookie sheet and leave them to stand for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
In a small bowl, beat the egg yolk with 2 tablespoons of cold water. Brush the tops of the challahs with the egg yolk and bake for 20 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 375°F and bake for 40 minutes more, or until the challah bread is a nice golden brown. Cool on a rack before cutting.
Makes 2 loaves of delicious bread.
Nutritional Analysis Per Slice
Calories 96; Calories from Fat 18; Total Fat 2.0g; Cholesterol 18mg; Sodium 95mg; Total Carbohydrates 16.4g; Dietary Fiber 0.7g; Sugars 0.7g; Protein 2.8g; Vitamin A 0%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 1%; Iron 6%
(Percentages based on a 2000 calorie per day diet)
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Cooking TipRolling Pin Kneading
To knead with a rolling pin, flatten the dough with the rolling pin by rolling it a bit, gather the dough back into a ball and flatten it over and over again.