Saturday, August 9, 2008

Kosher Challah

Kosher Challah is a Jewish Bread which is braided before baking. This bread is also used for French Toast which is a popular breakfast food.

For making One small loaf you'll need..
2 1/2 cups sifted All purpose flour
3/4th packet dry yeast
1/4 cup lukewarm water(about 38 to 40 Deg )
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp salt
1 egg
1 egg yolk for brushing
1/2 cup water


combine the yeast, sugar, and 1/4 cup of lukewarm water and leave it for 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Add in the eggs, oil, 1/2 cup of water, and the yeast mixture. Mix well using both your hands. knead well. Cover it with a plastic wrap and let it raise for about an hour in a warm place. The dough should be about double its original size.

After an hour punch down the dough, and then let it rise again for about an hour.

Divide the dough into three long strands. Attach them on top. Braid them like how your braid your hair. At the end bring the strands together and tuck them under.

Place the braided dough on a oven plate which is lined with a baking sheet. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, and let the dough rise one last time.

Finally, brush the dough with the egg yolk. This will bring a nice golden color to the finished bread.

Bake for 50 minutes. Let it cool before you cut.



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