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Happy Jewish Holiday!

2 Dec

In honor of my Jewish friends over the week of Thanksgiving, I made challah.

Also because I saw the recipe posted on the blog of King Arthur Flour.  I could not resist!

I quietly mentioned it to the bf. His ears perked up. And we were off on an adventure to get delicious honey and eggs. It was a hard choice, but we went with a local wildflower honey over the orange blossom. Though I wouldn’t put it against us to make this amazing bread again with the orange blossom honey just to taste the differences.

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So here is my (slightly sped up) version of classic challah… Still takes around 3-4 hours.

1/2 cup warm water
6 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
2 large eggs
4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp yeast
*plus one egg for the glaze

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl until mixed and knead until dough is soft and smooth. Cover and let rise 1 hour in front of the fire (or two hours) until doubled in size.

Gently deflate the dough and shape into 4 6-inch logs on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.

Roll each dough log to 18-inches long. Cover and let rest 10 minutes.

Pinch ends together and braid as desired. Tuck the ends under and transfer to a greased cookie sheet. Cover and let rise 45 minutes in front of the fire (or 90 minutes) until very puffy. Preheat oven to 375°F.

Whisk together the last egg and 1 Tbsp cold water. Gently brush glaze over entire loaf. Place that cookie sheet on top of another to insulate the bottom. (This will prevent over-browning.) Put in the oven for 20 minutes. Tent the loaf with foil and bake another 20 to 25 minutes until the loaf is golden brown. Cool on a rack for as long as you can til enjoying it slathered with butter and more honey if you can stand it.

♥ k

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Labor Day: Nor Cal Edition

3 Sep

Woot for the long Labor Day weekend!! (Though I should be Frank with you and say that every weekend for me is 4 days long.) But this weekend was 5 days long!!! I took Tuesday off so I could do fun things on Monday instead of spending it traveling.

I spent the holiday with the bf’s parents in their lovely home with the pup and sister. We went wine tasting, grilled some salmon, ate Three Twins Ice Cream, and made some delicious beer bread sticks! They were amazing and I was so sad that we ate them all…would have made a great mid-night snack.

And here it is…. lightly adapted from this recipe (and picture stolen because, of course, I forgot to take any before we ate them all.)

2 ½ cups flour
1 envelope  yeast
1/2 tsp garlic salt
½ tsp fresh rosemary, minced
1 tbs sugar
3/4 cup beer (wheat beer or pale ale)
¼ cup butter, softened
1 tsp salt

Topping:
3 tbs melted butter
½ tsp garlic salt
course salt (for sprinkling)

Thanks Jackie! Love your recipes <3

Measure flour, yeast, garlic salt, and rosemary into a bowl. Mix until combined.

Measure the beer into a glass measuring cup. Microwave on high for 20 seconds, or until warm (120-125°F).

Add the beer to the bowl and mix. Once most of the dough has been moistened, sprinkle with the salt and add softened butter. Beat until dough is smooth and elastic.

Cover and allow to sit in a warm place until doubled in size, about 45 to 60 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400°F.
Remove dough and add to a lightly floured surface. Cut into 8 equal sized pieces.
Roll each piece of dough into a 7-inch breadstick. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
In a small bowl mix together the melted butter and garlic salt. Brush breadsticks with the butter mixture, reserving any leftover. Sprinkle with coarse salt.

Bake at 400°F for 12-15 minutes or until a light golden brown. Brush with remaining butter prior to serving.

Enjoy!!

♥k

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