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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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