|fermenting yeast dough before |
adding more flour
If I had a large freezer, I'd be able to keep home-made challah in it, which had been baked whenever I have time to do it. I just don't have enough time before Shabbat most weeks. I always heat the challah on top of a tray baked vegetables, so even long-time frozen or the store-bought challah taste fresh from the oven.
Following is my basic challah recipe. You can adjust* size, amounts, sweetness etc. The exact amount of flour depends on the size of the eggs and type of flour used. I bake with whole-wheat and brown sugar. You can use white or a combination. I do find that baked products made of whole-wheat flour taste best with brown sugar.
a kilo (just over 2lbs) of flour, more or less, whole wheat and brown sugar
start with about a 1/2 cup sugar and 3T dehydrated yeast
mix in large bowl
add about 1/4 kilo flour then a pinch of coarse salt
add 1 1/2 cups warm water 6oz soy oil and 3 eggs
mix well and cover
let sit until fermenting
Then gradually add/mix the rest of the flour
until the batter no longer sticks to your hands
then knead for 10 minutes
cover and let rise until double
punch down and rise again
challah dough after being punched down
shaped, painted and divided
then shape, paint with raw egg, let rise, then bake
start with hotter than cake temperature, and when it starts to "brown" lower until less than cake temperature
until bottom "hardens" and if you tap the bottom it sounds "dry"
|freshly baked and out of the oven|
*If you "google" or check challah recipes in a cookbook, you'll discover that they're all different. That should give you the confidence to "play" with the recipe and know that almost nothing is "wrong." I knead by hand, and I don't have strong hands, but the challah still comes out nice and soft.